I will just Paste what Julia said about Annie on Facebook by way of an update.
“Annie has a new favorite spot, so I’ve got the sofa back most of the time now. We had to start closing her crate door for periods of time through the day as she had started retreating to it more often. I popped a little throw on the chair & she was on it like a shot She seems more relaxed on the chair, maybe because it isn’t as open as the sofa?
She now comes to me sometimes for fuss, and lets me wash her beard when it gets crusty We’ve been slowly introducing a soft brush to her, just one or two strokes at a time, but she’s not really comfortable with more than that.
Annie loves her walks! We still walk her with 2 leads, one on her collar & one on a soft harness, just to be safe, but she is a star on the lead. When she knows walk time is imminent, she comes & gives me gentle little pokes with her nose, as if to say “ready when you are”. As soon as her leads & harness appear, she stands calmly while I put them on her (take note Hamish!) She walks lovely. We are starting to see some playfulness on her walks. She does a funny head over heels roll when we stop under a tree, (we call it her GI Jane maneuver) then rolls side to side in the cool grass. She has started doing some play bowing at times, then a funny little prance forward It is lovely to see her head up and her tail up like a flag pole.
She is learning some commands. She knows “curb” means to stop at the curb & she waits until given an “ok”, she knows “come”, her “stay” is getting good as is her “wait” She knows what “go get a drink” is & “do you want a wee?” We are working on “sit”.
She is still nervous with people, but is getting better and now if we stop to speak to someone, she usually stands quietly & closer than she used to , as long as they ignore her. She is great with dogs, and is very polite greeting them. She will cower down if they are very bouncy.
Annie quite often mimics the boys, she sometimes walks in perfect step with Indy, she’ll sniff every blade of grass Hamish does, this of course may change as she gains confidence, but she’ll need to be with another dog, either a gentle confident one or a happy go lucky one that isn’t overly bouncy. She has only reacted to a cat once so far, but that may be because Hamish got excited, so she was copying.
She is an absolute sweetheart, & the hardest thing about her is resisting the temptation to scoop her up in our arms & reassure her all will be well
Must stop, Annie is poking my arm, must be walk time” :-)
I can add that Annie now lets me slowly walk up to her and give her a bit of a scruffle under the chin, I think her being in the chair opposite me enables her to watch me approach so she is not taken by surprise, I don’t fuss her a lot though as she is still a little nervous of men, maybe it’s just me? I do walk a bit awkwardly and have a loud voice which may be unsettling for her? When I try a quiet higher voice she looks more puzzled than reassured. :-D
Hamish is continuing to flourish, he is back to his pre Annie goofy self which can be frustrating but is more funny than annoying. :-)
And Indy is still good old Indy. :-) He has taken to spending more time laying by Annie’s chair but still just leaves her in piece (unlike Hamish who tries to get her to tumble) We have seen Indy do this calm fatherly figure routine so many times with foster dogs that we expect it really. When Annie is a little bolder he will enjoy playing with her as he has with the previous foster dogs.
We are very proud of how our boys have taken little Annie under their collective wing and are slowly getting her to relax. It has only been a month and she feels safe enough for the back door to be left open so that she can pop in and out as she needs (no more long line).
Annie may never be comfortable with the type of hugging and loving that Hamish and Indy enjoy but she already enjoys the chin rubs and gentle back scratches, so maybe she will?
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