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Old 01-03-2013, 04:09 PM   #7
KriswithaK
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I asked my SIL who is kind of an expert on the subject and this was her reply:


My immediate thoughts are these:

* This dog spent 6 years, including his formative puppy weeks, in a small cage in a puppy mill. Three months is a _very short_ amount of time in comparison.

* Think about all the changes this dog has had to adjust to - yes, they are for the better, but these are all new & different to this dog. That can be very stressful. (Imagine if you were suddenly thrust into a world totally different from what you were used to - with no one familiar to you.)

* It sounds as if he is doing amazingly well considering what he's been through. Give him time to blossom. Don't rush it. Change is going to come in small increments and those changes will build on each other, but there may be times when he seems to regress as well, just like with humans. It may take him a year _or more_ to become more relaxed and comfortable, to learn trust, to start to gain confidence.

* He is comfortable with your dog, because he was with other dogs in his previous environment. This is in his favor, and a huge blessing. But, don't force or expect him to play when he's not ready, or in an environment where he is not comfortable. Instead, realize how wonderful it is that he _does play_ outside and provide him with more opportunities to do that. Eventually, he may transfer that behavior to other environments.

* He has limited exposure to humans and has no reason to understand being cuddly or loving - he probably has never experienced that in his previous situation. This dog needs to have consistent treatment, actions, rewards from humans, in order to learn to trust people, to learn to _want_ interactions from humans. Your job is to treat him with compassion (and to try to find some things about him to love) in spite of his current deficits, which are present through no fault of his own.

* This is a dog would very likely respond well to clicker training. There are many books, websites, and videos with information available on this method of training. Here is one of the most popular books/kits:
+ CLICKER DOG TRAINING KIT by Karen Pryor
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* If this dog's main problem seems to be fearfulness, here are two books that might help:
+ HELP FOR YOUR FEARFUL DOG - A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO HELPING YOUR DOG CONQUER HIS FEARS by Nicole Wilde
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+ A GUIDE TO LIVING WITH & TRAINING A FEARFUL DOG by Debbie Jacobs
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Hoping this helps
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