Two rescues live with me. Dax, a shepherd mix, who has been with me for almost a year. Paulo, a standard poodle, who has been with me for eight months.
Dax was pretty needy when she first came to me, but she didn't know how to respond to kissing, kneading and all the silly things I tend to do with dogs. Now she "talks" all the time, rubs against me like a cat, and leans into me when I pet her. She has several "pet" names and responds to each one.
Paulo didn't know how to show affection, either. He was too rough at first, didn't know how to play with a human person. And he sure didn't know what to do with someone who wanted to pet him, brush him and cuddle him. Now he greets me with gusto when I come home or get up in the morning. He loves being kissed between the eyes, having his ears dandled and having me talk to him when he eats. It's night and day from when he first came.
So did I make these animals more affectionate, or were they that way to start with but didn't have the chance to express it before?
Have any of you had dogs that were a bit "cool" at first and then warmed up? What's the silliest thing you do with your dogs or they do with you?
When a foster first come to our house, from a shelter or puppymill bust, they are usually overwhelmed by the new smells and places. I usually foster senior small dogs who prefer a quiet warm bed over any attention. It really has become an awesome process that I wouldn't trade for the world! When I see one play (that typically had been terrified of other dogs, people, toys) it usually bring tears of joy to my eyes. I am always upfront and honest with potential adopters and love when we find a match that clicks. =)
Thank you for your post... I love to hear about other people who have rescued and have given the patience & love they deserve!
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Our rescue "stray" as I like to call him, who was rescued from running the streets of Baltimore, didn't know how to play with toys... other dogs and ate like he had never had a meal. He was under weight, under groomed and wearing a rope with no identification so tight around his throat that I had to cut it off.
He was distant at first, because I could tell he was over whelmed with being able to come inside and have free run. He didn't know how to jump on the couch or the bed for like a week and a half, I had to help him up every time. We had a few challenges to get over, like him trying to hog all moms attention and trying to guard some bones, but we're working through them daily. (I'd like to say cured because we are right on top of things with our routine and haven't had an incident in some time, but you know how these things go...I am just thankful day to day)
Now he is such a human and dog lover, that tail goes and goes and he will get as much of himself on your lap as possible. He probably never had a hug or a kiss before either, and he will actually come up to your face and wait for those now.
No one has claimed him since last May, he is our dog.
Though his mind is not for rent, Don't put him down as arrogant. Tom Sawyer- Rush
Rocky wasn't as bad, but he had never had water down all the time. We figured that out when he drank all the water we put out and then would drink again the minute we refilled the bowl to the point his belly would swell. Took him about a week before he found that yep water was still there when he came back after being away from it.
He was very loving from the very beginning, but except for the gnawed nylabone and filthy blanket that came with him, we don't think he had many toys. He had been living in a kennel in the garage, first time he went down our basement, he was like a little kid. Hubby had/has a bad habit of maybe dropping a screw or nut or washer on the floor and Rocky would find it. He would start chewing but we never found anything in his mouth so we would let it go. Took us awhile to figure he had those foreign objects in his mouth and would hide them under his tongue. To this day, if he gets hold of somthing small you can count on him to hide it and find it days later and start chewing again. We surmise he didn't have a lot to play with in the garage.
Diesel was abusive since he was a tiny puppy if not birth.Dumped In a Landfield at 2weeks with his siblings.Taken in By an Abusive shelter.Was there for 3months.Was very starved and had severe kennel cough.Along with Coccidia.Sweet when we got him just scared of everything.
Now He is My cuddle baby.He loves to lay in my lap(all 70lbs of him).Loves most people.Loves to play.Sweetest baby now
If we ban Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are humans some dont like next ?
When Tucker came here, he had no idea what affection was. You could pet him all you wanted, but he didnt know what it was and didnt react to it. He didnt know what it meant to be a dog, was really sad.
Now, he begs for attention. I come home and gets right into my arms, rubbing his head all over me, even the occasional kiss. He sleeps by my feet, will come up and put his butt to me for his butt rub, and cries like a baby when anyone comes home because hes so happy.
Yes, I definatly think you "make" them, or at least teach them, how to be affectionate.
I've had my Toby from a puppy so I have no idea how he may have been without me being all lovey with him but he loves affection. He is soooo happy to see me when I come home and he gives me kisses all over my cheeks and ears. Then he climbs (he is only 5lbs) onto my shoulder and buries his head in my neck and cuddles with me. He makes little cooing sounds and sighs sometimes. He is the sweetest thing ever. http://www.dogster.com/?56140
Bailey has only been a home a few days, but I think she's warming up more and more to the idea of affection. She's giving us more kisses, and rolls over for belly rubs. She even explored the toy basket the other day. Her tail stays lowered for the most part (that kind of makes me sad),but I think she'll continue to improve (at least I hope so). It just makes me wonder how her other home life was.
Yukon didn't know what toys or treats were. He was excited to have a home, but very wary to give his heart to us. He not only had been mauled by a dog when he was a puppy, but he had been shot while wandering in the country. When we went to get him neutered, the vet found the shotgun shot in his scrotum. I would say with him it has been a process. Just within the last 4-5 months he has opened up even more, and is just getting plain goofy! After almost two years, I think he finally knows that he is here to stay forever, and he doesn't have to worry anymore. We love him more and more each day, as we do all of our dogs. I am proud to say he is now a huge snugglebug!
PS-He's the one on the left pulling the sled in my picture. The one on the right is Everest.
This is'nt a rescue story per-say, but I think it is. I bought a stud about 4 years ago, when he was 3 years old. He had been raised in a kennel.He did'nt know how to play with other dogs, and he was stiff as a board when you picked him up. He loved his crate though, because of course he spent a good amount of time in it, and since I've had him, I will often find him in there, underneath his blanket, which I think is so cute. I can't say he was abused, at all, but he definitely was'nt living the life I think he should be living.His personality is so different,from the rest of my dogs, because of the way he was kept for the first couple of years of his life; so it makes a huge difference having a dog actually in your house as part of your family, as opposed to them living in a kennel environment.And he has become 100% more affectionate , since I've had him. When we first got him, you could pick him up, but he was just rigid. He would never give you kisses, which is a huge Boston trait, now he does. So, yes, I believe attention and affection brings out those tendencies in a dog absolutely.