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Old 12-05-2013, 09:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've raised a rescue with this issue before. I basically put her in a room with me and then I ignored her. I would have little slices of hotdog or something near me to encourage her to approach but if she did I wouldn't even glance her way. I would move slow, never square up to her, and usually I kept my back to her. She would do a lot of approach sniff retreat at first but then gradually got up the nerve to take a piece and then retreat to eat it. After a day or two she actually fell asleep on my legs while I was on my laptop on the floor and then took food outta my hands and we had enough trust at that point to condition against sounds and take the show out on the road. It was always a slow process and she was never 100% comfortable with strangers out in the world, but she was functional.

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