I recently adopted a Dachshund from a local rescue group. He is a really great dog, but we don't seem to be bonding. I pet him and talk to him often, but he doesn't have any interest in being around me. I take him for walks daily and feed him treats. He isn't interested in going out at all. I've given him all sort of pet names and have tried to cuddle with him. He just moves away from me and lies down somewhere else. What am I doing wrong? I've even given him some steak as a treat! We just aren't bonding.
Try saying his name and then treating him to get his attention to you. If you go to an obedience class, the training will help bond you and your pup. Give him time as well. He's adjusting to his new environment. Have you tried playing fetch with him? I take my dog's toy and put it under something and ask her where is it? so she tries to find it. Anything you can do together will help bond you and your pup.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
There is no way of knowing what abuse or neglect your little dog has suffered in the past. Not having quality human contact can affect a dog's trust of people for the rest of their life. It is the same as a child raised in an orphanage not receiving the cuddling it should have to understand love and kindness.Please continue to be patient with him and maybe he will respond to all the positive treatment. Good luck and thank you so much for being willing to adopt a rescued animal.
I agree with Drogheda Bullmastiff. Since you have recently given him a new home,which is wonderful, he is no doubt still confused and a little shell shocked from whatever circumstances he came from. I would say not to hurry him, but let him come to you. He will soon realize that he's safe, and no doubt his personality will slowly unfold. Thankyou for rescuing him.
Im not sure if you like this method but i find letting my dog sleep in my bed brings us a lot closer. Sleeping is a time when the whole body and mind relaxes and if you let him share this time with you i believe there gain trust. My dog loves crawling under my covers and leans his whole body against my tummy. I love this time together, it's the sweetest.
It can take up to 9 months for some dogs to adjust after adoption/rescue. I totally agree with the others. Continue to be patient, spend time with the pup and participate n activities that will foster close interaction between the 2 of you (such as obedience training).
Thank you for caring enough to adopt and for your loving patience in working to create the relationship that will result in a life time of devotion.
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Be patient, spend time with him and don't force yourself on him. He may be missing people in his past or routines he used to know. Start some new routines every day at the same time to help him adjust like watching tv with him in the room or taking him for a short car ride for a shared ice cream cone. These will start to become his and your new routines and he will come around. Always use his name in kind tones and acknowledge him with a word or a single pat when you or he enters the room where the other one is and then go about your business at home. Dogs are social creatures and when he is ready he will make some small overtures of friendship such as leaning toward you, sitting near you or wagging his tail at you to tell you he wants more attention. Take it slowly.