Oopsy Daisy: Month 3 with the Rescue Dog

Month number three with the rescue dog has revealed more reasons why she was surrendered. When it’s cold and rainy, Daisy prefers to pee indoors, especially in a dark room when no one is watching.
Daisy is agile enough to jump on and walk across the table, as in, where we eat. Daisy is bold enough to grab food out of my sister’s hand. If any food is left out while we leave the room, Daisy will find it and eat it, no matter how safe I think it is. Pepper wouldn’t dream of eating anything off the counter, and she’s a much bigger dog. Pepper has never wanted for food. Did Daisy have a time when she didn’t get enough to eat?
I am retraining everyone, the care givers (push in the chairs! close the bedroom doors!) my sister (say no and hang onto your cookie) and myself (take the dog out to pee even though there is a doggie door).
Daisy still barks at the other dog as she pushes her way to be first out the door. She stills go berserk when I pull out her leash. She still inhales her food in thirty seconds.
But she sits for treats. She waits at the door when I am getting the walker and my sister in or out of it. She smiles on her walks. She climbs on my lap every evening and stays there.
When my son’s smaller dog comes over, Daisy gets so excited or confused that she attacks her. We have to let them greet one another in the park instead.
Daisy no longer fights over beds because the extra-fluffy bed padding has been removed from one bed, and both beds have identical baby blankets instead.
She doesn’t exactly play with the big dog, but she lets Pepper lick her face. She sits at the slider facing the backyard and stares. What is she looking at? When I come up the front walk, her little brown and white head is peering through the glass side panel next to the door. She heard the car. She is waiting to greet me.
The rescue girl still stresses out in the car, wrapping herself around everything as she is tethered to the headrest in the back seat. I bought her a car bed, but she can’t stay still. Pepper chills in it instead.
I can’t water or fill up the fountain without Daisy attacking the liquid stream. It’s hilarious. It will be fine in the summer, but in winter, not so much. Yesterday I vacuumed until Daisy bit the long attachment off the canister.
Daisy, I feel exactly the same way as you do about cleaning.
She leaves the Roomba alone, even though it also makes noise.
Daisy is friendly to all people who enter the house. She only growls at Pepper when they are both vying for my attention. Pepper is a pretty good sport about it all, although sometimes she gives me a look that seems to say, “Why?”
A chorus friend said he would’ve taken the rescue dog back by now.
I disagree. We have 62 days of trust built up. The worst thing I could do is betray her now.
Yes, she pees inside when it’s raining, but only if the bedroom door is open. Yes, she gets on the table, but only if the chairs are not pushed in. Yes, she attacks things that are noisy or wet. She is stressed by them, so she attacks. She attacks her leash, too, because she can’t stand the wait. She lives for her walks.
Jack Russells are smart. I just have to be smarter.
The vet said to put her on doggie tranquilizers. She said Jack Russell terriers are a lot of work. I’ve trained a bunch of dogs in my lifetime. I’ve taught a lot of “unteachable” kids. I raised three children without hitting them and only getting angry a handful of times (they can tell you all about that). In other words, I am up for this challenge, Daisy.
There is nothing like noticeable results to keep us teachers going.

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