Originally Posted by SMBC
AWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!! She is soooooooooo adorable!!!! I'm so glad that you went and got her today and it sounds like so far, things have been pretty uneventful. You sound like a pro already! And it sounds like Sage is so comfortable in your home and with you!
I cannot get over how darn cute she is...I am extremely jealous!
When she poops and pees outside, do you give her a treat or what are you doing? Sounds like whatever you are doing is fantastic and working, I'm just curious so I know what to do when mine comes home. Also, it sounds like the cats did fine. Did you just let them meet without any intervention? How did the cat react? How did Sage react? Sorry for all the questions..I know you've got your hands full!
I know you're busy...but, MORE PICTURES PLEASE!
Whenever you get the chance that is...hehe
So incredibly happy for you! You must be over the moon!
I have not given a treat yet for potty, we just make a big deal out of it. we also make a big deal out of the "right" things she does. Like, she just knows to sit when we go outside. So I lean over pet her tell her good sit and then say OK, Sage lets go...IDK if she gets it yet, but I figure it's easier to catch her doing good and rewarding with praise than trying to avert her when she does something wrong.
AND we have found the bitter yuk to be awesome. She does not like the taste at all!!!!
I will use treats down the line, but don't want to pull out the "big guns" unless necessary.
As for the cats. My cats are used to dogs, all kinds of dogs and Maddy just doesn't care, Grace will retreat to her lair in the basement if she doesn't like what is going on...but she walked right up to Sage and rubbed up against her and then went and laid on our bed. Not all cats are like this and usually we would introduce slowly if we thought there would be a problem, but the cats were here first and the "puppy" must respect the cats. Sage sniffed Maddy's butt, Maddy wasn't even upset about it. I believe in letting them work it out to a degree. I never would let Sage terrorize the cats or vice versa...and I will step in if it's a problem..but again the cats were here first and Sage needs to respect them. I also brought home a towel each time I went to visit Sage that had her smell on it so that Emma and the cats could sniff them.
We just had an almost accident. As I was typing this, Sage decided to squat...hubby caught her and took her out and she pooped...crisis averted...lol
I will try to post more pics tomorrow....lord knows I've taken enough of them...