i have a new foster who ive named sophia she arrived october 30th.
she is a beautiful little tri who was bred by priscilla weeks of attallah in new hampshire
sophia is 4 years old
owners health issues caused sophia to be placed with brat
my understanding is that when not in the yard sophia was kept for the most part in a crate.
sophia has a few issues that im not sure how to handle
was hoping for some advice
when sophias breeder left her with me she howled off and on for several hours, seemed quite distressed.
when i put sophia in her crate she howls (why is it that both fosters i have had howl when left ?
she gives new meaning to the term "velcro dog"
when i walk from room to room she walks a little ahead of me and so close she bumps into my leg while we walk looking over her shoulder every couple of steps to make sure im still there
i am constantly tripping over her
ive stopped changing my direction when walking to keep from walking into her and even the fact that i now walk right into her doesnt stop her from doing this.
she is food obsessed
open the fridge her head is in it
open a cupboard door her head is in it
ive tried closing them on her gently enough not to hurt her but to give her the idea its not a good idea to do this and she doesnt get it.
try to put a pill in my mouth and she has her nose on my fingers trying to see what i have
i push her away and she comes right back
im really getting tired of constantly being bumped by a cold wet nose looking for food
a trace of butter or something on my pants? shes licking them
stand at the counter to cook? she sits behind me leaning on my legs
ive almost tripped over her and fallen on the hot wood stove twice now while getting wood to put in the stove
if im sitting down she wants to be on my lap which makes it difficult to work, ive been typing today so she has been on my lap sound asleep for the last 2 hours
if i keep her from getting on my lap while working she will start chewing on anything that is near me, shoes, backpack etc etc she will pull files off the shelf start trying to crawl under the shelves, tries to worm her way into small little areas, getting tangled up with the computer cords, basically makes such a nuisance of herself that i cant get any work done.
she doesnt like the squirt bottle, but if use it to address all of these issues ill be squirting her all day long!
so anyone have any ideas about what to do with her?
i did go to planet dog yesterday and buy a little twist type toy that you can put treats into that amuses her for about 5 minutes
would appreciate any advice given