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I am having such a frustrating day. I feel disgusting and look disgusting with this stupid burn all over my face. I came home to the "favor" of my roof being blown off (by the realtor next door) but then having debris all over my front yard and backyard. My foster dog doesn't understand and isn't getting the concept of housetraining, no matter how many times I take her out per day, reward her, speak harshly to her, or stick her nose near her pee. Padfoot is sad and melancholy because he isn't getting enough attention. My Dell only works in safe mode, and my EEE's power cord no longer works at all. I did badly on my exam today and feel very unhappy with school in general. And Verizon is making me restart my contract with my supposedly free phone.

I feel like screaming.


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Jan. 25th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
Yikes! *hugs*

Was your foster dog a puppy mill kind of dog before? And, do you keep her in a crate?

ETA: And where is she having accidents?

Edited at 2010-01-25 10:30 pm (UTC)
Jan. 25th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, she was at a puppy mill. She got pyoderma (uterus infection, often fatal) and was gotten to the Humane Society, where they had someone do emergency surgery-- and then I got her a few hours later).

I keep her in a crate at night and while I'm not here. Padfoot has been at my parents house, but yesterday he came back, they were doing great together, so I decided to just leave her out. BAD IDEA.

She has accidents all over the wood floor but not on the carpet. She avoids puppy pads. And none of it is near the door, either.

Ordinarily if I'm home I take her out about every hour and wait for her to go to the bathroom.
Jan. 25th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
I would keep her in the crate unless you can keep an eye on her. And, when she's not in the crate, keep her on a leash and keep the leash on your arm. That way, you can see if she's about to pee.
Jan. 25th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
That's quite a bit of attachment, and won't work so well anyway-- she pretty much refuses to move if she's on a leash. She'll walk fine, next to me, but if she's on a leash her entire mission is to bite it.

Sigh. One step at a time.
Jan. 26th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Well, she's probably going to have to get used to a leash anyway and, by having her on it more, she might get more used to it.

The only other thing I've done that works is to keep the dog in the crate whenever you can't keep a close eye on him/her. I did do this with one of my foster dogs. Also, since she's a puppy mill dog, there's the possibility that she sees/feels the wood floor as outside, which is leading to the accidents there. I've got no clue how to fix that other than through correction.

ETA: Does she have accidents in her crate or just on the wood floor?

As far as Padfoot, one thing you could do is make sure you give each of them separate defined times where they get one-on-one attention from you. This is what I did when I had two foster dogs, and what I now have to do because my roommates have neglected their dog in favor of the new cats. As long as it's about the same amount of time and you play/cuddle/whatever with them, it should help ease the jealousy. And make sure you aren't giving one treats or privileges that the other doesn't get. And that Padfoot doesn't taunt her when she's in the crate (not that I know that he would but that I've seen it happen and it makes the dog in the crate pissy).

Edited at 2010-01-26 12:16 am (UTC)
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
yes, of course she will have to get used to it. But I don't have time to train her every second of every day.
Jan. 26th, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, foster puppies take a lot of work and commitment. In many ways they're more work than a normal puppy. They often come from abused backgrounds and need to be given extra attention.

It's just like adopting another puppy. If you can't or are unwilling to put in the dedication it takes to properly train her in the manner that is best for her, then you should give her back and let someone else handle her. It's not in her best interest, nor in her future owner's interest, to stay in a home that can't give her the attention she needs.
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
I never said or assumed that you did. I'm saying that that's what you should do when you can and otherwise keep her in her crate.

ETA: And, I just want to second everything that negativeneve has written above me. Foster dogs are a LOT of work, at least until you get them into a routine, used to a leash, housebroken, etc. And, once all that happens, they usually get adopted and you start all over again with another dog. I certainly spend far more time dealing with the foster dog each day than I or my roommates spend with their dog, because he doesn't have the issues that she does.

Good luck with everything. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help.

Edited at 2010-01-26 02:38 pm (UTC)
Jan. 27th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
Hopefully today is a better day for you. I would have to agree with negativeneve and brittdreams have said. Foster pets are typically in need of a lot of attention and training - typically more than a pet that you already had in your home needs.

If you aren't able to or would rather not put in the time, training, and attention she needs it would be best for her to go to a home that can do so. In the long run it's better that she can get the training and attention she needs now so she can be rehabilitated and placed permanently with a family (as that probably won't happen until she's rehabilitated).
Jan. 26th, 2010 09:14 am (UTC)
Also, I'm sorry you're having such a crappy day. :(
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