||07-09-2014 11:12 AM
Originally Posted by Nigel
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on rescuing Zeke, can you post some pictures of him?
You might want to look up the "two week shut down" not an expert on this, but basically you'll want to keep life in his new home very reserved for a couple weeks. Too many people take their rescue out and about meeting people, dogs, places and it can be overwhelming for them, perhaps creating problems. You can use the search function and research older threads on it.
@Nigel Thank you for mentioning that adaptation technique, two week shutdown, for new rescues as ive read several threads now ..only problem being I have done the exact opposite in the past week! I was so worried about not being involved in the imprinting phases on weeks 8 through 14 and did not want to risk missing out on socializing Zeke. So he has been with me to Petco, Petsmart, Home depot, mutiple parks ( with screaming and running kids) and busy street walks with other pedestrians/bikers/dogs; he has passed all with flying colors. He has only barked nervously ( while backing Up) at a 3 people out of 20+, I dont make him be petted if he does not want it but most of the time he will walk up to a polite stranger ( give them a treat). It is very random who he chooses to bark at, he will ignore people who walk right next to him, but it seems "the approach" of a stranger gets him alerted; additionally, all three people he barked at were grown men, two had beards with sunglasses..could those be triggers?
Also, suprisingly he is already house trained and has been sleeping in my room at night unattened and has been a perfect angel (: I dont wake up to any barking, whining, chews, or messes! I have read many people mention they wouldnt dream of leaving their dog uncrated at night, is Zeke just an exception to the rule?