|Barked: Sun May 5, '13 6:38am PST |
|I adopted Silas yesterday, and he is extremely skittish. I know he needs time to settle in and get familiar with his surroundings, but some of his behaviors worry me and I was hoping for some advice on how to deal with them. I have done some reading, but I would like to see what others say. I am going to be taking him to basic obedience classes.
Just a little background on Silas: He was given to the rescue by a Backyard Breeder as “leftover stock”. He is approximately one and spent most of his life in a barn with other dogs. He is good with other dogs (although annoying to older ones).
Within the day, he has become my shadow and follows me everywhere. However, he will run off if I approach him when I am standing up, and he will not go near his food bowl until I have left it. When I am sitting or lying, he will come and sit next to me or in my lap and likes to be scratched/ cuddled.
The bigger problem is that he doesn't like anyone else in the family. I live with my parents and sister. He runs away if they are near (expect if my mom is doing laundry; he like to watch). If I am sitting (even if he’s not necessarily next to me), he growls if they approach me/him. I try to interrupt this behavior, by saying ‘no’ and sometimes giving his a small nudge in the side. The rescue told me, he has tried to nip someone that approached him while sitting in someone’s lap once.
Any advice would be great.
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