Tia English Bull Terrier x Lurcher DofB 07.12 Liverpool Temp Foster

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Re: Tia English Bull Terrier x Lurcher DofB 07.12 Liverpool temp foster

Post by natdugdale » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:59 pm

I'm glad I can foster finally and help one of the dogs decompress and gain a little confidence :D

Was again pleased with Tia as she had been a little offended that I wouldn't let her sleep on my bed (in the same room as her designated sofa) but last night she didn't make any trouble when I asked her to leave my bed and go to hers - just curled up and went to sleep and didn't make a peep until breakfast time. Such a good girl as I haven't made it easy for her to understand by allowing her on the bed during the day but not at night, however she is a smart girl and has quickly worked it out.
Also wanted to mention that she is really great being left for a few hours while I work during early afternoon (2-3 hrs) - she messes up all her bedding (from rolling around I assume) and sometimes chews up a toy or two but hasn't once touched the furniture thumbs.gif She was a little less all over the place on our walk today and spent more time just walking along in a straight line rather than pressing up to me and stopping all the time, so some progress beginning with her nerves there too I think woo.gif]

In the meantime, here are a few better quality photos from this afternoon of Tia snoozing and enjoying a tasty tennis ball love4.gif
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PS. A little behind on making a Tia video at the moment as I've lost my video camera :( Hopefully will find it soon!
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Re: Tia English Bull Terrier x Lurcher DofB 07.12 Liverpool temp foster

Post by natdugdale » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:02 pm

Tia has continued to do really well in foster. She's such a sweet, loving girl who is blossoming in a home environment - she just wants a human who will cuddle her, play with her and walk her (and give her treats, of course...). I have found in the week I've had her in my care that she is fearful specifically of men and although with friendly female strangers she will eventually relax, settle into their company and even lean on them to be stroked, this has not been the case yet with any male strangers. She will now take food from men and accept a stroke so this is a great starting point from which I will continue socialise her and hopefully her courage will grow in time as she realises she has nothing to fear from men in this new life of hers. A little persistence and I'm sure she will get there!

I also wanted to say what a star she is with other dogs of all breeds. We have met a mastiff cross, yorkies, shih tzus, a french bulldog and more, then today just as I was wondering how she would cope with meeting a large breed dog, we happened to meet a scottish deerhound on our walk! She was a little hesitant at first but gentle and polite with him as per usual. She has proven her dog skills are fantastic and mostly she is happy to greet them, have a sniff then move on. She also is content to sit or walk in the company of other dogs and tends to just ignore them apart from a sniff here and there. When she is feeling more nervous, she allows dogs to sniff her but totally blanks them - such as with a very yappy JRT we walked past yesterday.

In training we have now perfected sit, lie down and up and so we are practising paw, beg and wait! (She'll know all the tricks in the book in no time!!) I'll have more photos and videos of beautiful Tia soon love4.gif In the meantime as I couldn't find any friends with a cat to "cat test" her, here is a video of her "bird test" in the yard 0002.gif] As you can see, she doesn't have a strong prey instinct and is more interested in the baby seagull than anything else. She would be a good candidate for a cat test in future!


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Re: Tia English Bull Terrier x Lurcher DofB 07.12 Liverpool temp foster

Post by natdugdale » Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:48 pm

Finally finished making a video for the goodest good girl Tia :) It's in two parts as, for now due to her nervousness, she is quite different in the house and out in public.
Please excuse the vastly incorrect time stamps on some videos - I had not realised they were turned on on my new camera.

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Re: Tia English Bull Terrier x Lurcher DofB 07.12 Liverpool temp foster

Post by natdugdale » Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:03 pm

Some more photos of my gorgeous foster girl love4.gif
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Re: Tia English Bull Terrier x Lurcher DofB 07.12 Liverpool temp foster

Post by natdugdale » Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:21 pm

So for the first time since I've had her, Tia played with another dog! We have bumped into the owner a few times who walks two on-lead Ambull/Mastiff/Bulldog mixes and two off-lead French Bulldogs who are very friendly - and walking across the field with him talking about dogs, Tia decided to play with one of the Frenchies! Bounding around, chasing each other (as much as her lead would allow them to at least), lots of play-bows and tail wagging - it was really lovely to see! I had been curious if she would be playful with other dogs given the opportunity as she is so playful with me and the answer is obviously "yes!" (when they are trying to play with her)

Also wanted to say that my cousin came to visit - due to horrendous weather we had to introduce them to one another in the hallway rather than go for a walk first but with some food and strokes Tia was quickly climbing all over Jonia trying to kiss her and play. She stayed for a few days with no issues whatsoever. Jonia is dog-savvy having been around dogs all her life and I think Tia picked up on this right away as they got along like a house on fire :D Jonia also thought I should say that Tia has the softest belly she's ever stroked !!

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Moments after they first met!

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Leaning in for reassurance as a man went past

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Morning cuddles

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Loving having a friend either side of her in the pub

In the next few days I'll do another short video of her to show all the tricks she has learned (she's so clever!!!) love4.gif
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Re: Tia English Bull Terrier x Lurcher DofB 07.12 Liverpool temp foster

Post by anne » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:18 pm

I had a lovely walk with Tia this morning. Mostly I let Tia choose where to go and it was great to see her striding out confidently in front making decisions as to where to go. Her growing confidence has allowed me to see a little stubbornness too. A couple of times I had to ask Tia to go a different way to one she chose and while she did communicate her protest, with a little encouragement she was soon following me again. She passed several men moving wheelie bins and kids on bikes with no problem at all. She was also happy to accept some fuss from a male admirer back at the kennels. Good girl Tia. xx
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Re: Tia English Bull Terrier x Lurcher DofB 07.12 Gatwick Kenns

Post by coffeepot12 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:37 pm

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I met Tia for the first time today and I wasn’t sure what to expect as from reading her thread I could see she might be a bit nervous or reluctant to go out.

I started off sitting on the floor and giving her a couple of sausages and strokes under the chin. She was happy to have her harness and leads put on and off we went.

We went off up round the woods and she walked well on the lead, she occasionally looked back at me but was happy to go on.

We had a lovely walk I was so pleased she looked liked she was enjoying it, I have made a new friend. love4.gif

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Re: Tia English Bull Terrier x Lurcher DofB 07.12 Gatwick Kenns

Post by anne » Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:55 am

Another lovely walk with Tia yesterday. She really does relax out on our walks and is delightful company.
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Post by anne » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:35 pm

I had another lovely chilled out walk with Tia this morning. A couple of times we disagreed on which way to go, sometimes Tia won, sometimes me. Bless her, she only wants to extend her walk and be out for longer and who can blame her.
Here she is having a little protest because she didn't want to go back. love4.gif With gentle persuasion she was soon up and trotting along by my side again.
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Re: Tia English Bull Terrier x Lurcher DofB 07.12 Gatwick Kenns

Post by anne » Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:19 pm

Tia was a super star this morning sharing her walk with new girl, Luna. Tia as always was beautifully behaved, communicating politely with little Luna. Tia is always much more confident with a canine companion by her side.

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