I adolpted a 1 year old sherperd mix from an adoption agency. He has been abused, neglected. beaten; was full of worms and had been left with a vet for several months. Vet had kept him at his clinic. He is institutionalized. Used to being in a cage during the day, petted by many people, playing at night. Will not walk on a leash for even one step. Not housebroken, but will pee when put out on grass to do so sometimes. Likes to sleep in his bed in a corner in the house during the day and in our room at night. I need help. This dog is socialized to people, but not to one person. He has no words and is very sweet to everyone. I want him to walk with me and listen to me; to know me and not everyone. Help, Please.
Thats good when they know everyone.That way he wont be afraid of people or bite them.Maybe one day he could make a good therapy dog! How long have you had him??? It could take up to a year for him to come out of his shell.Just hook the leash on him and let him drag it around for a week.Then hold the elash and let him take you where he wnats to go for however long it takes him to be TOTALLY comfortable on the leash.Then after that make him go where you wnat to go.Give him LOTS of praise and treats.Get a crate.Take him out to go potty and tell him to go potty.Let him be out there for 10-15 minutes if he doesnt go put him in the crate.This dog needs a schedule! For example here is my dogs schedule:Wake up,go potty,come back in and eat.Then they go back out to go potty.They go back in the crate until i get myself ready for teh day.Then I take them back out to go potty and bring them back in.At about 8:00 I feed and water them.take them back out.then go to bed and they go in there crates.
I take dogs who arent housebroke out eevry 2 hours.Feed them in the mroing and give 15 minutes to eat then i feed them later that night and give them 15 mintues to eat.I take them out after they eat,drink,play,sleep,or come out of the crate.
My dogs get about 1 mile walk and then they come in and hop on the treadmill for 1 mile.So make sure he gets LONG walks when he gets used to the leash.For now play fetch or something to get him running.
I love your ideas. He is very trained to the "crate". I guess from the months he spent at the vet after he was rescued and before we adopted him. We have only had him for 6 days, so things are at the beginning. When we leave the leash on him, he stops and hides. I know he needs alot more time to get used to us. Glad you are out there. Thank you.
Im glad I can help.He WILL get it so dont give up.Hes not had the greatest life and I'm sure he is thankfull for you!! When you put the leash on him make sure its evry very light weight.I got some time out cables at the dollar store one time that were black and 20 ft. long.They were very very light weight.So get something that dont weigh hardly anything.When you put the leash on him he cant be scared for ever.He will have to get up sometimes to eat or drink or go potty.Praise him when he does.I mean be bouncing off the walls happy for him.In his eyes he has just concured a huge monster.All he needs is some confidence! Training classes will give him more than enough confidence.But let him settle in first for a feqw months! Like I said get him a crate and he will feel more comfortable and wont be afraid of his own shadow.I know if I were abused and neglected like that I wouldnt have any confidence at all.I would probably be worse than him.
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Your reassurances are a big help. There is no doubt that this dog needs lots of time and has a safe place to retreat to when he needs to. When he can walk outside with his head held up, I know he'll be and feel better. Thank you.
Hi, I am a preffetional dog trainer/psykologist.. it sounds dum but isnt really that glamerous hehe. What you need to do with the dog is alot of contact training. trying to get your dog to always look at you and what your doing. He needs to be interested in you and only you. So you have to become interesting. Everytime you comand your dog to do somthing whisper it. Whisper alot to your dog when you talk to him. Dogs can "close their hearing" but if you whisper he has to listen. Which makes you very interesting. The thing with the leash being left on him to walk around and get used to is a great idea. try looking into the eyes of your dog, his first reaction is to look away and this is the right thing to do.. but if you teach the dog that you aren't trying to pick a fight with him you will have great succes with contact exersizes. Talk to your dog offten. Remeber, a dog never learns for more then 10-15 min at a time. so don't try to teach a dog somthing and keep on for hours.. it dosn't work a dog is rarly interested for more than 10-15 min. Unless you have somthing really tasty in your hand :) Good Luck :)
Sorry if my spelling is bad, I'm living in Sweden for the moment and my english is rusty.