We rescued an Alaskan Malamute when he was 6months old, we found out recently that we are his 3rd set of owners! he wasnt trained properly as a pup and developed seperation anxiety so was scratching at carpets and chewing at anything.
Hes a year old now and is a completely different dog, he still isnt completely over his anxiety but hes massively different, when we got him he wasnt even trained to sit, to come or not to jump up, he does all of the above now and more, to look at you wouldnt think he was a pup still but still behaves like one when he sees another dog, so eager to run and play with them. hehe
Because of his chewing (shoes, sofa, arm chair and even the banister) we had to train him to stay in a crate whilst were out, its massive and is in our front room as it wont fit anywhere else, we wasnt to keen to start with but now 6 months later hes in with little or no fuss, he used to howl and bark while we were out but thats virtually stopped now too.
Ill try and post a piccy in a bit
ahhhhh. he's gorgeous! Hats off to anyone who copes with a slightly disturbed dog. My first one had a few bowel issues and we would often come back to a little present on the doormat. She got over that but never got over trying to run away - she had been found wandering the streets of Northampton - it was obvious that she had been kept chained up somewhere - she had no fur on her back and back legs. The sad thing was that she had just had puppies and could well have forced her way out to find food for them. Of course they never found the puppies :(
She was fine off the lead for a walk but if you left a door or gate open she'd be off.
My current dog was already trained when we got him - he could sit, stay, paw, etc and never runs away. The only thing is does still do, after 10 years, is whine for attention a lot.
My mam and dad got a little dog from the kennels years ago, and he was at step 0. He wouldn't sit, stay, paw, or anything at first. He used to be terrible for running away too - the amount of times we had to drive around the village looking for him was unreal.
Originally Posted by witch
Now he's a good dog that obeys some commands, but I think he's always been alpha dog in his head, and still growls if he doesn't want to do something. He's very whiny as well. When we were looking after him I had to calm him down for 10 minutes before leaving for work - otherwise he'd bark all day.
Good luck with the kennels, we had a dog of a time (har har) trying to get a rescue pup earlier this year.
Just moved into a 4-bed family house, large garden that is secure, quiet end of town on a dead end road, getting married this year, 9 year old daughter, already got cats, rabbit, guinea pigs.. we thought we were pretty much an ideal home for a rescue dog, but not a single kennel would consider us. The only one that did when we asked about a beagle, later turned round and said we needed to have a serious think about the kind of dog we wanted after the beagle went and we inquired about another.
Ended up just buying a puppy in the end, which is awful - I know they have to make sure the home is the right home, but most never even gave us a chance. They beg for homes for these animals and when we offered, they all looked down their noses at us. So best of luck convincing them you're right for the dog.
So what were their reasons? We have one or two rescue societies that won't house with children under 10, and another which does a 'safety assessment' of your garden. The worst one was the RSPA who wouldnt allow my friend to have a dog because they lived within HALF A MILE of a main road!!
The one which sold us Smudge were happy to just meet us - they foster the dogs so you can go and see them in a family situation, and they expect you to visit a couple of times and they do a follow up
The reason I exist is that my mum wouldn't let my dad have a dog....
Originally Posted by Hightower
I want an Alaskan Malamute, so gorgeous!
Good luck with getting a dog. Have 4 myself 3 rescues and a new Saluki puppy.
Luckly my wife works at home most of the time so the guys dont get left very often.
Jasper Saluki Lurcher when we got him he was 3 days of being put to sleep and looked like a prison camp victim.
Bluebell Saluki cross Lurcher. Had a phantom pregancy so was dumped then picked up by our local kennels.
Aiofia Whippet/saluki cross Mum found abandond in ireland in whelp then pups brought over here and dogs trust refused to have them as paper work was not correct. So lurcher rescue took them in.
and finaly Kallie our pure bred Saluki
All 4 have had crates at one time or another and I cant recommend them more highly. As long as they are large enough for the dogs. Even Jasper who has been badly abused will go straight in one as soon as we set it up.
They are wonderful dogs, quick clip of us taking our "Kunu" out for a swim
Originally Posted by Little-Miss
YouTube - Kunu3
We got our crate form cable universe oddly enough, they randomly have a pets corner...
its under half the price of one from a pet shop and its a real strong and looks good :)
I think the fact we had cats was the biggest problem - even though our dog now plays with all the cats, and the other night one of them was cuddled up against the dog licking it clean.
Originally Posted by witch
Well, all but one, but then Katie is a mardy cow, she doesn't really get on with anything.
Pickman...have you read walking ollie & along came dylan?? they are 2 books by a guy with a rescued saluki lurcher (ollie) he hten decides on getting Dylan a pure bread saluki! I can highley recommend them for a good read a bit of a giggle!!
That is just so short sighted - we had a cat at the time and it wasnt deemed a problem. Then again, Smudge had been fostered into a family with a dog, a cat, and small children so they knew he was OK with cats
Originally Posted by sonofsanta