Aloha, I am brand new here so please forgive me for any "oops" I do. My family and I went to our local sanctuary and was adopted by what we believe is a "part American bull part ???" dog. Was told he is around two, but we believe might be younger. Will be finding out we hope next week at the vets. At first we believed his jaw was a birth defect which made Diogi have a face that only a mother could love. But the more and more time I have spent with this wonderful creature, I believe he was kicked or something far more worse. He's able to eat, and finally he is thank goodness! My questions; We are dealing with a dog that is fearful of most anything. The first time I got the brush to brush him, he ran under my computer desk in fear. I have been sleeping in the livingroom with him at nights just to let him know he is safe. I think this is doing well as in the mornings he has left from under the desk to laying on the floor next to me. *big smile on my face* I am retired, so am able to spend my days with him. He shall be an indoor dog, with my husband, daughter, grandchildren (9 and 10) and myself. We also have a HUGE backyard (unfenced I fear) for him to play in once he gets in the groove of things. Once he has been to the vets, he will be going on daily walks as I so need to get moving also. Who, what, where, when, and why do we do to make the horrible life our Diogi went through go away? Also ideas on how to get him there? Thank you so very much for any and all information you can share with us... aloha, Diogi's ohana (family)
Congratulations and thanks to you and your family for taking care of this precious baby. It's really difficult to predict how he will act, once he realizes he's in a stable environment where people are going to love him and not abuse him. All you can do is continue to try and work with him positively and in a loving manner. Be patient and he will come around. It could take a few weeks to months or even years. Lots of toys and love is the best way I can think.
Best of luck and so grateful that you rescued this sweet baby.
Friends will step in when the rest of the world steps out.
We have adopted 2 fearful dogs. The biggest thing I can suggest is consistency and PATIENCE!! It will take awhile. Be sure to praise the heck out of any progress, try to ignore the fearful behavior so you don't enable- kind of like- when the dog is having irrational fear, they are invisible. When they are brave and act like a regular healthy dog might, lavish with attention. This will help them understand that the fearful behavior isn't needed with you. That you don't even notice that anything is wrong- because it isn't!
I'd suggest placing all the dogs things in the same locations, keeping on the same time schedule with walks, feeding, etc... so the dog can relax and learn to "predict" what you will do next.
Congratulations on your new baby! And best of luck!!!
Indifference turns clarity into denial. ~Quan Tracy Cherry
I too adopted a dog who I think was abused. No physical evidence, he was found abadoned on the railroad tracks. I get off track easily, sorry. The good news is, it has been two years and he has adjusted fairly well. He still has some quirks, but hey don't we all. The biggest thing is a routine. We have to stick to the same routine, 7 days a week. He knows breakfast is at 5:00 am, not 5:05, 5:00 am. I don't know how he knows, but he does. He goes for a walk in the morning before and after breakfast. Then into his crate at 6:00. Then out of his crate at 8:00 am when my son gets up. Goes for a potty break, plays fetch with my son and comes back into the house at 9:00. Then, he usually lays around with my son (teenager). When I get home from work, it is time to go out, even if my son had him out 5 minutes before. Then supper, walk and play with Mom and Dad. Bedtime for him is 9:00 pm.
When we first got him, he always seemed so worried about where his next meal was coming from. I don't know how long he was alone, but he was very skinny.
He was also fearful of strangers but mostly of men. He has since calmed down. While he will never go up to a stranger and want to become friends, he doesn't act like he is going to eat them either.
Bottom line, the advice given before is right on. Praise him when he does good. Ignore when he does bad. Remember, he has probably been through a lot and needs extra love.