Two weeks ago, we found a puppy under our care outside. We posted found dog signs in our neighborhood and checked the paper daily; no one came forward for him.
We already have four dogs and a fifth is not an option. The only shelters here are “kill shelters.” That was not happening. We contacted a private pet organization and since then we have taken the steps to foster him, until he finds a home.
He is very sweet and loves our two young kids. However, he is terrified of any adult that he is around, including my husband and I. He will not come in the house for us, or take a treat from us. If we walk up to him to love on him, he cowers. However, the kids can love on him; he actually comes through the door for them, takes treats from them, and listens to them. We have been working with him since he arrived, but he has not gotten any better. I’m afraid his “adult issues” will hurt his adoption chances. Any advice? Thank you so much!
We had gotten a shelter dog for my neice Alyssa when she turned 3 and the poor thing was so scared she would hide under the bed or the table. It just took time to get her to calm down but she is fine now. Have an adult feed the puppy so she can see thet your not bad because to a dog food is always a good thing.
This problem is just a matter of patience and Trust he may of come from a home were adults didn't treat him very well but the kids did, try starving the dog for a day then you and your husband put the dog in a situation were you sit on the floor with your backs to the dog don't look at him or egnolige him in anyway tell the kids to just sit quietly and to not look at him or egnolige him in anyway have some boil chicken or something he likes sit and talk without raising voices eventually hunger may get the better of him and he'll come to investigate don't try touch him if he goes to take food of you just say good boy this may not happen over night but you can see the princible this dog may have been abused by adults so you've got to be firm with this dog don't feel sorry for him as he can pick up on this go as you mean to go on Goodluck Paddy