I have a Brussels griffon....21/2 yrs old. I got him from a dog rescue place. He came from a breeder..he was never bred, because his nose was a little too long to meet the standard. The breeder finally turned him over to this rescue place. He was fostered for about three weeks before I adopted him. He has improved a little, but I have never seen him wag his tail; food doesnt motivate him, he doesnt come to me.....I can go to him if he is cornered, and he is okay, but fearful. My main thing is, I want to teach him to come to me...nothing motivates him. He goes to the crate and gets in it after being in the yard, or if the cat tries to play with him. The crate is beside my bed. I started keeping the door shut so he cant go in that room. His foster home taught him to walk on a leash, so that part is fine. There are a lot of little things that show his timidity...too numerous to go into just now. Any suggestion????
Everything takes time. My guess is the poor guy came from one of those great breeders. He had probably never known much life out of a cage. It is where he is comfortable. Try just sitting on the floor and waiting for him to come to you. It works well. Just be patient, he is scard to death. Imagine being away from everything you have ever known, then going somewhere strange getting used to that, then going somewhere strange again. It is scary. Keep talking nice to him. Try putting his food bowl near you. I am sure he will come around in time
congrats on the new addition! I watch animal planet all of the time and on a recent episode of Animal Cops, they had a dog in the similar condition. She was a beagle whose owner died and she was left to fend for herself in a trailor for several, several weeks. When they got her back to the shelter, she was very shy and not social at all. One of the ladies said that it would take a long time for her to get used to human contact again, and she said alls it would take was time and patience. She took the beagle into her office everyday and let her lay there while she did her office work so that she wasn't alone. She didn't talk to her much or try to get her to respond right away. She was just there. I think that with a little tlc and patience, your friend will come along. Good luck, I bet before you know it, you won't even remember how quiet he was!
What a lucky dog, to finally be settled into a forever home! And with an owner who cares enough to seek advice as you did. He's going to need some time and patience, but you will be rewarded a thousand times over in the end. I've only adopted two dogs as adults, so I'm by no means an expert. I'd let him have access to his crate all the time, it's obviously his safe place, and you want him to feel safe. I would actually move it into the room you are in, if you can, so he can still be close to you. I actually found talking to mine seemed to make them feel more comfortable. I used my best "good dog" voice all the time when they first came. Other than that, just make sure he knows he has moved into the greatest home in the world. Pet and scratch him on all the best spots (this isn't your first dog, is it?), be generous with the praise and the treats, and maybe use special treats for awhile. I'd do hot dog pieces, or cooked chicken breast, and maybe keep a few in a baggie in my jacket pocket when at home. Then you'll smell like someone he wants to be best friends with! I also found mine wouldn't make eye contact with me for the first few days. I'd gently cradle their snout in my hands, and raise their face up until I could look right in their eyes. I'd talk in a soft voice and tell them how pretty they were, and how glad I was they'd come to live with me. I'm sure it was more the tone of voice than the actual words. I found this was more effective than anything, but I would be careful in doing it. If he looks uncomfortable, I'd stop right away because he may find the eye contact intimidating. Mine were females, and a male may react differently. Congratulations and Good Luck!
I had a rescue dog like that. She was a puppy mill rescue, 12 years old and just had a litter! She had obviously been kept in a cage, not a part of a household. She had been sold to a family with teenage boys who tore through the house and scared her to death. Oh, I might mention that she was blind. The woman who bought her turned her over to the local SPCA because she "didn't fit in".
I just introduced her to my husband, we loved over her for a while, then set her down to explore. I have 12 other Schnauzers in the house (I'm a breeder to but my dogs are family)and they all accepted her right away so there was no problem with that. It took a while for Rain to calm down but before long I was tripping over her just like the others, LOL. We gave her a lot of attention, lifted her up on the couch and bed (she hated being picked up so I made sure to put my arm under her feet). She picked out an out-of-the-way pillow and was a wonderful part of the family for a year before she passed away from congestive heart failure.
Well for starters I would stop feeling sorry for him and go on with life as usual..let him know he can depend on you. Take him with you everywhere and I mean every where! Try "wearing" him...get a belt lead that you actually wear and it is attached to a leas so he can literally be your shadow. When you are sitting at the computer, watching tv, reading the paper whatever...he is there with you sharing the space and energy you provide. At first he may balk at this, but if continue to allow him to seek refuge in his crate, he will not be as likely to give you a chance. I know this may sound harsh because most folks want to love and coddle these guys, but take it from 20 years in rescue...they don't need sweet talkin...they need dependable leadership. You see they have had no one to depend on to meet their emotional needs but themselves. Unless you intervene he will likely stay in his safe lil shell...he likes it there. But he does not know there is another world out there unless he trusts you to share it with him. Best of luck to you both. Be strong, have fun and smile a lot!! Cheers, kerry