|Barked: Fri Mar 4, '11 3:00pm PST |
|Asher and Tori, interesting side note: When I showed heifers (way back in HS) thats how we taught them to tolorate the halter... We would leave a rope halter on them for about a week before we really started working with them (at that time they were in a small stall, not free-ranging where they could get hurt)I never thought about doing something like that with a dog...BOL!
...we also tied their halter to a donkey's and let them out into the big pen as a halter breaking technique...
ETA: To the OP, puppy mill dogs are tough. PAWS had a group of 80 mill pups come in about 3 months ago. Many of those puppies are still having a hard time adjusting. I know of one who is in a GREAT foster home (still) and has JUST started freely allowing the foster mom to even TOUCH her.
Other rescues, like my dobe who I adopted at 4 months old, still take months to learn that this really, really is their new home. It's a tough transition! She has just accepted me as a reality and not a temporary...it's been since November and she doesn't have near the social issues that a mill pup has. I'm not saying yours will have hard-core problems, but it will probably take more time than usuall for her to trust you! This may mean that some training (leash/obedience) will have to take a back-seat to just plain love for a couple of months. Then, when she settles, her trust in you plus a really good clicker training will build a lot of confidence in her and this stuff will get much, MUCH easier.
Edited by author Fri Mar 4, '11 3:17pm PST
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