Took on a 4 yr old chiweenie last sunday on trial. 1st time dog owner, ground floor flat with enclosed private garden. She is a rescue dog (from a Romanian forest) who apparently spent time with a foster home recently. Turbulent week. Lots of problems which may mean I can't take her on. My brother lives with me and has bonded really well with her, although after 6 days she is still not very friendly to me. I've shared a few bad moments with her which is probably why. Getting her home was bad - sick and wee. Hated the lead - really fought against it. Worst of all - she slipped out of her harness on Tuesday and got lost in the woods for 5 hours until a couple found her - in the woods and taking her home she was fighting to get away from me the whole time - and sick in the car again. Haven't used lead again until today - same story - trying to bite me when putting on and off the lead. This was just in the garden, which has been her only outside visits since the woods incident! She doesn't answer to her name, although this might have only recently been bestowed on her if she's a rescue mutt. I'm going to change the name anyway. She doesn't really come to me if I try and interact with her, she does with my brother. Err, what else? All the treats and toys I bought her, no interest at all so I can't use treats for training. She stinks, but I have no doubt she will go nuts if I try to bathe her. She bit me quite badly when removing a treat that was under her paw. Since then I think she can sense my fear around her sometimes. I woke her up by accident today and she barked like crazy and attacked me. First few days she was howling like a wolf (not good in a flat!), but this is stopped now she has bonded with my brother. Who she follows around constantly and doesn't like it at all when he's not in the room. Neither of us have slept much this week at all, trying to keep her calm. Oh, and we've both been tight chested, which probably means we're allergic to the dog anyway!! She scratches while the harness is on, covering the flat with black hair everywhere. Noisy neighbours with dogs, slamming doors etc. Might affect her. The positives: Although she's not that fond of me she does sleep on my bed with me and sit on me when on the couch. Great that I have a garden as it's easy enough to put her out without a lead. As mentioned, bonded really well with my brother, who is quite the recluse, and that is great to see. If I can get a little bit closer to her myself, get her out walking on a lead, travelling by car and just generally calm down a bit it would be great. Any advice, or is she a lost cause? Well, am I a lost cause I mean, as she will probably do well with another owner.