After much research, my family decided to adopt an Alaskan Malamute. He is 2 years old and his name is Marley. I adopted him from a kennel that had rescued him from a high-kill shelter in S.C. They had informed me that he was shy especially from males. He is super sweet and cuddly when he warms up, however I am sure he was abused at some point and am hoping there is a way to undo the damage. I had wanted my adopted dog (as an adult) to be 3 things, 1.Potty-trained (wishful thinking) 2. Able to walk nicely on a leash 3. To sleep at the foot of my bed in his dog bed Marley is having a lot of trouble with all three of these things. First off, He has been going number 2 in the middle of the night, either on rug (the first couple nights) and then in his crate when he slept in there. I took him out last at midnight, and he pooed, and then I got up at 6 to take him out and he had pooed in his crate (very unusual in my experience). The Kennel that I got him from sold me a bag of dog food called Joy dog food that they said was really good, but I am wondering if I should transition it to something that will make his stools more solid, as of now it is really runny and I am nervous that it is just not working with his system. Also, he will come to the break in my stairs and just stay there, or if he comes upstairs at bedtime he will quickly turn around and go back to the break in stairs and lay on that. I wish he would come into my room and sleep. Also, he is very timid, like if anyone moves quickly in anyway he will squat down and run into another room. I am sure this is a sign of abuse and I am hoping to undo the damage in time. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. He also doesn't seem to love the treats I got him. If anyone knows of a great brand of dog treat he would love, please let me know. Thank you so much!
I would definitely change his food. The ingredients in that food are nasty. As far as all the other stuff I think it will just take time for him to get used to a new environment, new routine, and new people.