|Barked: Wed Nov 11, '09 8:25pm PST |
I rescued Effie a year ago. She had been abused, neglected, and not very well socialized at all. This is what I did. I would not pet or talk to her – basically ignore and not give her any of my attention when she was under stress or whenever she would have a freak out moments. (If you do you are rewarding that unwanted behavior.) I mean this dog would jump 3 feet sideway if the wind blew.
She also gets walked everyday, but she has to ether stay beside me or behind me NOT in front. This will help to establish you as the leader and with most dogs that have a lot of anxiety this helps them fill safe. Because a pack leader in the wild takes care of the pack, they are their protectors.
After I had her complete trust (in my case about 4 months) I would take her places that would challenge her fears. The local Tractor supply store, Petmarts, Pet Co, and Lowes. You will get a lot of can I pet her. To this I always replied: that she was a still in training and it would be best not to at this time. Everyone understood and gave her, her space. After about 2 months of once a week, at lest, socialization at work and through local stores she started to go up and introduce her self to strangers!!! Very big step for this dog!!
It took about a year and a lot of patience to get Effie where she is now. Now she is doing great and not showing a lot of symptoms of her past. She is living in the moment and enjoying life. Before she was not really fully living.
I have to also say that if you have or can find a model dog (a dog with the behavior that you want for Angus) for Angus to hang around with that would greatly speed up your progress. Effie May was living with 4 other confident dogs and their positive influence on her was amazing to watch. Even to this day she is more confident and comfortable when at least one member of her dog pack is with her.
Good luck to both you and Angus,
Maranda and the gang
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