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Hello all,
We have a terrier mix that is giving us alot of problems. My roommate found her in the highway, trying to hide under moving cars. She did not have a chip when I took her to have it scanned, and we have been unable to find anyone missing her. She did not look like she had been taken care of for a while, so it’s probably safe to presume no one is missing her.

We have been unable to potty train her in the house. She seems to just go whenever and wherever it feels like, just as long as it’s not in our sight. We take it out often and reward her for going outside, but she does not seem to get it.

She also knows to come when we whistle, but she does not always choose to listen. She is very fast, finds herself on neighbor’s properties in no time, and only listens sometimes. It seems like the only safe time to let her out is when she is hungry because she knows she gets a treat when she comes. This is not acceptable behavior. We do not know what to do. I am tempted to get a shock collar, but I would imagine this forum frowns upon doing such a thing? She can find her way through just about any fence in no time due to her tiny size.

She also wakes my roommate up all night because she is full of energy, or needs to use the bathroom. She has more energy than can be imagined, which is often used for destruction. Is there any humane way to calm her down?

I am unable to correct any poor behavior verbally because she is already terrified of me, and easily traumatized. We theorize that she was abused in the past.

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Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. A problem I know I'll have with putting her in a crate is that she will decide I'm evil incarnate for doing so. She started running from me anytime she saw me when I'd put her in the bathroom at night like I was beating her. How am I supposed to get her into a crate without her deciding I'm the scariest, most awful, person alive?

I've trained plenty of other, larger, dogs without a problem without any formal training or need for outside input, but this dog is "special".
 

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And treats. Best treats are what you are eating. Dogs cannot have onion, some say garlic, chocolate, coffee, grapes or raisins, macadamia nuts and watch how much you offer because she is much smaller than a human and of course needs much less food. Kibble is great, measure out how much she gets daily and use it. Warning, if you put food in pockets then lock up the laundry basket. Dogs will eat right through the garment to get the tiny bit of food in the pocket.
I had a dog when I was a kid that would pick bunches of grapes off the vines we had growing herself and eat them all day long. I've heard that grapes are bad for dogs, but she lived into old age for a larger dog (13ish?) until my mom accidentally backed into her with the van and she had to be put down.

Edit: Although she did have hypothyroidism, and she was a wolfdog. Maybe their digestive system is a bit different?
 
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