obie our newest member to the family baby number 5 was beaten down by his pack and former owner we agreed to keep him till a home was found until we discovered he has a deformed back leg and is drawf in size for his age and compared to the other dogs in his litter so we decided to keep so he would get the extra care and medical attention he might need. how do we go about house breaking him if he cowards when you bend down to pet him the other animals have accepted him including our 1st beagle along with the very lg mix breed /chow yorkie and ninja cat. he won't sleep in the same room as the rest of the family but plays well however he starts to coward and shake when we try to potty train him even is the sofest of tones and then we feel so sorry for him we just don't have the heart to fuss at him will he eventually follow the other dogs lead on going outside and using the pads inside ? any help would be great the vet isn't sure what to do since we don't know the extent of his abuse
This dog might know you are upset at him with a simple "eh" or small sound like "uh uh" rather than a stern "NO". That being said, you MUST MUST act like the dog just won the olympics when it does good. when it pottys outside, you raise your voice all excited and "good! Yes" whatever you say, be overly excited. It will LOVE seeing you pleased with it. It will also see that all it is going to get from you is praise and soft treatment.
BE SURE to watch it very carefully so that accidents do NOT happen. Do not give it free run of the house until it is 100% potty trained. You don't want to set the dog up for the negative corrections.
Also, I suspect that after some time, it will see that you mean it no harm and will not expect the abuse. It is ok to express that you are displeased... the dog overreacts to this now, but you still have to show when you are upset so that the dog can learn how you act and how to read you. It will 'learn' that your "uh uh" is NOT followed by violence, even though right now it is expeting it.
I don't know a lot about rehabilitating abused animals... others might... but I am sure there are a lot of other tips if you research it as to how to communicate effectively with these types of animals.
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
thanksthe for the tips we are basically doing that he is getting better he is getting comfortable with the family and is even jumping on the bed and couch like the others do my husband is following your advise I have yet to have the heart to even softly scold him we accept the acidents thats what they invented steam cleaners for and not to mention he's far to adorable to get mad at him for any lenght of time.
I might add that you could let him come to you, talk in subdued tones for a while, and literally start off as if he was an 8 week old puppy. When he wakes up in the morning rush outside and act like he's amazing when he goes. After you feed him, take him out again, and every time he wakes up from a nap. He'll catch on, good luck.