Rescued a GSD Central Valley CA
My name is Shelby and I am the proud new mother of Rudy, a 2 year old GSD rescue.
I joined the forum to get some tips about this awesome breed.
Here is what I know about my boy... Rudy is 2 years old, he was rescued from a kill shelter by a local group after he was found wandering the street by the local animal control. Rudy is a lover. He is very affectionate to all humans and dogs he has encountered so far. He has been home for only 1 day so far and already likes his crate.
Some challenges... He cannot be left home alone for even a few minutes. He freaks out and has destroyed the blinds in my bedroom. Also, he is scared to go outside. He doesn't want to be outside or when he is out there, he doesn't want to be by the street. My uncle brought over his Rhodesian Ridgeback and Rudy followed him around outside and finally went to the bathroom.
Any suggestions for my challenges?
Any tips on rescuing an adult GSD?
Thanks in advance everyone!
Welcome. When you leave him alone crate him. We have only had our dog 2 months and crate him if we are leaving. We can now not crate him if we will only be gone for a hour or so. But crate in tell he is more comfortable with being alone. As for out side what if you were will him, will he go it with a leash on?
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Nice to meet you Shelby. Welcome to you & Rudy. Thank you so much for choosing to rescue.
My advice is that you crate Rudy when you leave the house. Its good for him to become accustomed to the realty that he will be left alone and his crate is his safe place. And for the second challenge, always go outside with him.
Thank you for rescuing Rudy!! I would just reiterate all the above advice :)
Hi Shelby! I'm new to this site and two months ago also rescued a 2 year old from a shelter.
I think teaching my dogs to love their crates is the best thing I've done. Diesel, and his predecessors, all willingly went into their crates. Many times the crate door is open and the dogs are inside.
Kudos to you for rescuing and giving an adult dog a forever home! :hug:
Thank you everyone.
As I said, Rudy loves his crate while we are in the house. However, we ran out for 20 minutes and when we returned he had pulled the front of the crate up and he slipped out of the crate and into my bedroom. That's where the damage came from.
As far as outside... he will not go outside period. I have had moderate success coaxing him out with food, but my uncle's dog seems to be the only way he'll go outside.
How long should it take him to get used to his new environment?
Thanks for taking one for the team! I have rescued two German poopers. One of them turned out to be one of my best dogs ever!
Just let him be a dog and settle in. Don't put any pressure on him and let him become comfortable in his surroundings. After a few weeks of lots o love, food and some grooming, he will begin to trust you and from there you can work on all the quirks and ticks that come with someone else's dog.
He is young and still very trainable so treats may help you a bunch. When you go outside, use a leash for a while and give him a few treats as soon as he hits the sun. Lots of praise and treats when he goes potty and try to brush him a little if he will let you.
Food is an awesome motivator!
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