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Dog may have faced traumatic events in his past / Or might be socially awkward

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Kiruka, Jul 16, 2017.


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  1. Kiruka

    Kiruka PetForums Newbie

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    So it all started around 4-5 years ago, a brand new dog! His name is 'Little bit', he has White fur, and some pastel brown on some parts around his fur. A really cute dog!

    Whenever you hold something, whether it be a hammer, pencil, doesn't matter really what it is, he kinda.. goes from 'Excited' to a bit 'low key', he's closer to the floor, so to say. We bought him while he was 4 months old, and I'm unsure if he's face some type of abuse from the original owner. (The owner did not have any certificate for it, or anything for health, like shots, we should've contacted the police.)

    At first, he was inside 'full-time', we let him out a few times a day to do his thing, and then all of a sudden, (For a later story) we had to then have him outside most of the time. I'm now on letting him inside more often, (While it rains, ect [He isn't ever out in the rain, he always has something covering him from it]) and he is 'low-key', and he doesn't ever want to really go outside. I can kinda assume that he's 'low-key' while inside because he wants to stay inside. Although I'm curious on what I can do about the previous owner that probably abused him. (We also bought a different dog, a Female one, they were brother and sister, and whenever she saw my mother, she barked, and my mother looks a bit similar to the person who sold them to us.)

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    Is your bitch living inside and the dog outside?
     
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    I think we draw a line under this post, it's not going to go well
     
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    It's been deleted thankfully.
     
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    I have edited the foul language , unfortunately this involved Sweety's post too as a quotation.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    jojora PetForums Junior

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    When you say low-key, do you mean he acts submissive towards the object? My pup was originally very nervous around us holding things as well. What worked for me was lots and lots of positive reinforcement and turning it into a fun game. I grabbed a few household items and put them in a bag. Then I sat down on the floor with the bag and a lot of treats. I'd give the pup a few treats, then pull out an object. She would lower her head or back away out of fear, but I'd put the object down and give her more treats. Then I'd pick it up again and simultaneously give more treats. We'd do this until I could pick up the object and she didn't react (except to look to me for food) and then we'd move on to the next object in the bag. It took a few days of this to get her completely over the fear, but now she pays no mind to us holding objects at all.
     
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    Sorry, I thought I'd closed this.:Locktopic
     
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