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12/7/2020 FOSTER UPDATE: Diva is a very smart girl. She loves to hang out with her humans, whether on the couch, in the kitchen or in the car. She just loves to be included in everything! She has been sleeping in our bed as she is afraid of her crate, and that has been fine. She does jump and can be a little mouthy when super excited but stops when told.
She plays well with other dogs and is very respectful of their boundaries. She will either ignore cats or try to play with them (chasing) – our cats are used to it, but Diva stops the chase when told. Toys are her new favorites thing…she loves to take them out of the basket one by one and bring them over to us. You do have to watch her with plush toys as we’ve caught her pulling the filling out of a few!
Diva is also trained on our invisible fence and does really well with it. She enjoys the freedom of playing outside with her foster sisters. She has been making progress on her house training. Her signals can subtle and fast, so we have to be very aware. We are taking her out every few hours to help get her into the routine. She is so smart, so we know it is just a matter of establishing a schedule.
We haven’t done many leash walks, but she is a very strong girl and will pull towards people/dogs, etc. so a prong collar is helpful as she learns the leash. After a few minutes she starts to calm down and not pull as much.
She hasn’t been around kids, but I have no concern about it. She is soooo extremely loving! Diva is such a wonderful girl.
11/15/2020 FOSTER UPDATE: Diva is a beautiful, sweet little girl and is a joy to have living with us! She loves to climb right into your lap and give you lots of kisses! She’s getting along really well with our other dogs, and for the most part doesn’t care about the cats. If she starts to show interest in them they put her in her place (and she listens!)
Diva is very polite! There’s the occasional jump on the counter, but she’s learning that’s unacceptable. She’s a SUPER fast learner! “Sit” is going well; we’re working on “Stay”. We’ve gone on a few walks with my other dogs. She starts off excited with some pulling, but after a few minutes settles in and walks better. It’s a work in progress! Tomorrow I’ll take her for a walk on her own and see how she does. She’s interested in people and other dogs and wants to pull in their direction.
We’ve been bringing Diva outside every 2 hours. She goes to the bathroom every single time. She’s had a few accidents inside, but that’s to be expected on Day 1 in a brand-new place. We’re working on getting her more comfortable in her crate. We leave the door open and are using treats as a reward. She slept in our room last night and are confident she’ll be more comfortable as she gets used to the routine. Overall, she’s a wonderful dog and we’re happy to have her with us!