Thank you for rescuing this dog. Very needed in our society.
First, I would put her on the best quality diet your veterinarian recommends. this can solve the problem if the inexpensive diet is not being properly digested (a common problem). Exercise before eating and try to keep her calm for 1 hour after eating. Have the mouth examined well at her next vet visit.
I have 3 rescued dogs and they all seem to "Paw". Much of this we believe is the strong need for interaction after being neglected for so long. You can alter this a little by 1) not shaking paws or rewarding that in any way. and 2) change the behavior to something else, like a sit / stay or down or still, then praise that behavior with treats and verbal. be consistent in this "re-training" and over time it will improve.
Belle is doing a lot better and her pawing is slowing down although she is still at it somewhat. She no longer cowers when reaching over her for something and her breath is much better since the better dog food and denta bones.
The issue I'm having now is that for the most part she will come when called but once in a while she gets this look that says I'm going to do what I want. We live on a farm and need her to come when called as come spring a lot of farm machinery will be coming in and out and she needs to come when called.
She definitely hears me call come but takes off anyways and almost pretends like she didn't hear me.
I've tried going to get her when she takes off and then scolding her saying no and walk her back to the house and then making her lay down for a while and she will be good for a week or so and then we're right back at it. I need to break her of this but just not sure what else I should be doing. Any advise?
Let us all know how she does!!
Get her switched to a high quality food. Best to get your veterinarians recommendation.
Thank you so much for your response. I've been doing already what you said with the paw thing so I'm glad to know that I was right in doing that. We'll get her to the vet and get her checked.
Sorry just realized this is a behavioral forum, but if you have an answer would still appreciate it. I don't know if she has been to a vet at all or not.
She does have this issue of constantly pawing, even when petting her. I can't seem to get her to stop. It's not so much she wants to shake paws as she seems to want to cling to me.