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Old 03-12-2014, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default lots of socialization threads lately have led me to a question about my new pup.

My new boy is from rescue. He is not from a good breeder. His genetics are pretty well unknown. I do know, that I choose him because I didn't think he would be a good fit for a family with kids. He is fearful. We got him at 12 weeks and have spent the last 4 weeks getting him used to my dogs and my husband. He would bark and growl when hubby came home from work. Now he is starting to head for treats, progress right? Last week he got his 16 weeks shots so I can take him out and socialize. How can I best do this without traumatizing him? I took him to the vet yesterday for so socialization but he was pretty scared. I let him hide under my chair and just watch. vet tech and girls from reception gave him treats. He doesn't even like the car ride. I took him for a short ride with my car loving dog Ivan and he just sat huddled on floor. I realize he may never be social and I don't really care about a social dog. I just want to help him become less fearful of things. It will be a long slow process, I'm sure. Any suggestions?
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