Meet Lexi...............Our first "Rescue" pup that went to her new home and returned to us 5 weeks later as what they
claimed a "lemon"!!! ALL their claims of non trainability are unfounded!!! We have had two weeks now to evaluate her and she
is nearly housebroke. (a few accidents that were our fault for not getting her out in time). She loves EVERYONE, with one
exception. She is extremely fearful of older people..............We are working on this and am making some progress since
this discovery a couple of days ago. As this is a very unusual fear in a very young pup that is so extremely sociable with
EVERYONE else, the only possible explanation for this is that she was obviously traumatized at some point by an older person/people
during her time not in our care.
The reason I am writing this is to emphasize the importance of just how much time, patience and energy a new
puppy coming into a new home is going to require. Even though Lexi's past family had previous experience over the
years raising and training their past Border Collie puppies, they were up in years now and admitted that they probably
just didn't have the patience or energy to train a new puppy at their age now, and didn't remember just how much work it is!!!
This also goes to show just how impressionable young puppies are and how important the first few months of a young pups
life and the amount of good socialization really is!!! Correction even needs to be positive, not terrifying..............
What a totally AWESOME dog/puppy we rescued!!! In the first two weeks we have had her our evaluation of her is that she
is probably one of the easiest to train pups we have ever had! She is 90% housebroke, knows sit, stay and lay down. She is
still learning to walk on leash without tugging on the leash, but that is improving. She LOVES to travel in the car and goes
everywhere with us. She loves all other dogs, she loves children and is exceptionally calm around them. Loves everyone else
she meets, aside from older folks, (but we are working on that). Her "play" biting that she developed while away from us for
those 5 weeks is also very minimal now. It is also VERY important NOT to let this develop in the first few weeks after going
home as it is much more difficult to correct than to not let it happen in the first place. We do not allow it prior to them
going to their new homes and encourage adoptive families to not allow it if it develops once they go home.
My main goal when re-homing a pup that has been relinquished, (and this has only happened 3 times in my 13 years
of breeding), once due to a child in the families allergies, once due to the previous families older dog would not accept
the pup, and then this so called "lemon" puppy that they said could not be housebroke or trained that we housebroke and trained
in less than a week after taking her back, is to make sure that this new home is definitely their "forever" home. I do
not offer a refund for those reasons, and do my best to find them their new home.
We didn't re-sell Lexi. We did find her a wonderful, loving home where she is extremely happy and thriving.
I will continue to post updates on this smart little pup and her future accomplishments as I get them..................