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Again I'm brand new to the forums and glad to be here. My fiancée and I decided we wanted to get a puppy after we both had to put our elderly dogs down due to health issues awhile back. We finally got the chance today and took advantage of it. We went to a local shelter, looked around a bit and there was no dog that really caught our attention. Some extremely big and loud, others timid and shy. We were on our way out til we realized that there was one more smaller room. As soon as I walked in the room was quiet all except for an 8 month old black female puppy in the back righthand corner who immediately started crying for our attention. So she won us (me) over. We found out that she had just come in from an out of state kill shelter. This adorable little puppy had a death setence the same day we decided to look. I feel it was meant to be. Only problem other than her having a slight cold is that she was only there for a few hours, so the facility didn't have much time with her. So her breed is ATM unknown. Or according to the few people I asked at the shelter who all had different answers by the way, she's a pointerlabcolliehound. Yeah I know your jealous Jk. Anyway I have a few pics I'll post hopefully a few of you will have a clue, not that it matters really we will love her no matter what. Just a curiosity thing and a clue into the future of her life. Also if anyone can give me a few tips on what to expect with a new adopted shelter puppy. She seems very shy only took a couple of steps and that was to hide under a chair. I completely understand that her 8 weeks on earth so far could have been and most likely have been a living hell so far. How do we begin to gain her trust, how should we approach her when walking to her, what tone to us when speaking to her, you know basic stuff. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again in advance.

-Brendan
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Hello! Fist thing is first, good job adopting the adorable pup! She is super cute :p I feel you when it comes to guessing dog breeds, right now my dog Biscuit is a German Sheppie-Terrier-Cattledog-whippet-Canaan dog-sheppie thing mix lol.
In response to your dog from the photos, i would say border collie mix or smooth collie. (But i need to see her whole body in one picture to tell for sure.) I would say its a definite that she has a herding/cattle dog. I recommend messaging me when she gets older so you can really tell C:​
 

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I generally don't play guess the breed but I'll say what-an-adorable-mixed-breed-puppy. :)
 

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Hard to say at that age. . .I'm gonna say Lab mix ;). Which is, of course, the generic guess for any mixed-breed dog of a medium-to-large size range. Post more pics as she gets older! She's darling.
 

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I'm joining the club in the opinion of not-quite-sure-from-the-young-age-and-pictures-but-post-again-further-on-but-regardless-she's-adorable lol. Yeah, that's what I think. Welcome to the forum!
 

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Welcome to the Rare Pointing Borderhoundador club! Toby (in my signature) is an EXCELLENT example of the breed. How lucky of you to find one in a shelter! Excellent temperament, and they always surprise you! Herding the neighbors children one second and catching lizards in another.

Congrats on your RPB!
 

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Completely different suggestion - you might take her to the Vet now to get a check-up and to take care of that cold....

You can talk softly to her. Get down on her level rather than picking her up and walking around with her. It's OK to pick her up, but don't carry her around like a baby. Expect her personally to change a lot in the next few weeks as she gains confidence and increases her energy level.

You can start training her now...

Here are two free downloads: http://www.dogstardaily.com/free-downloads
 

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I myself own a rare Seat Stealing Hound. I know you're jealous!

She's so cute! Thank you for going the shelter route. Just take your time with her. Speak softly, move slowly, don't force attention on her or try to turn her into an obedience champ by the weekend. (Clicker training is a great idea, though, just don't expect too much at first.) Make sure your interactions are positive, filled with treats and praise. It's normal for her to be scared right now, she'll calm down and open up with time. You could be begging us for help with her constant barking and chewing next week!
 

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Just really repeating what much more experienced members have said. For the most part, let her come to you. Maybe sit near her favorite hiding place (not so close that it makes her uncomfortable) and just watch tv/read a magazine or novel/play on your phone and ignore her for the most part so she can relax and get used to you at her own pace. Oh and make sure she knows y'all are where all the good things come from. Treats, food, toys, belly rubs, walks, etc. Anything that is awesome in her mind (barring things that are dangerous, but that's a no brainer).

I'd also check out the stickies in the training forum, and the free downloads hanksimon linked you to.

What a cutie :) You know of course, that as payment for all the awesome advice we demand more pics! ;)
 

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Welcome to the forum! What a beautiful pound puppy you have there! Me, I have a Australian border shepherd. Hehe.

Just wanted to say that puppy raising can be crazy and stressful at times (i.e. most of the time), but it's TOTALLY worth it.

This forum is a great place for questions.
 
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