|02-27-2014 01:26 PM|
It takes time for dogs to settle in, adjust, bond and feel comfortable. With my rescued senior GSD, it took him six months before he was comfortable in the house. He had lived his entire life (10 years approximately) on a chain and being in a house was so very different for him. He bonded with me very quickly, but it took him longer to relax and feel comfortable inside the house and with the other dogs.
As a dog on a chain, he did not know how to play with other dogs and was what I call "socially awkward". Not aggressive or mean, but rather he just did not know how to read other dogs and did not know how to adjust his behavior accordingly.
At almost one year post-adoption now, he is a wonderful boy and it has been a very rewarding experience to see him blossom.
|02-27-2014 12:59 PM|
|lennyb||We rescued Bandit from the acspa in November and was told he and his litter mates were found in Kentucky near death (4 out of 7 didn't make it). Hes a GSD mix (don't know with what) He had three types of worms, kennel cough and was severely under weight. He bonded quickly with our other GSD but was aloof with strangers in general. Hes now 5 months, 59 lbs and completely healthy and happy. He is still coming out of his shell more and more everyday. He still has some small issues were working on but He now loves to plays with us, loves kisses and rubs and gets super excited when anyone get home. So long story short. Just give it time.|
|02-27-2014 12:02 PM|
|02-27-2014 10:41 AM|
|matthewm11||Susan, I have asked myself if Rocky is truly bonded with me or is he just making sure the one who provides food and shelter is close by. He does really seem to have a deep connection already. He is aloof to the extreme with other people and even to an extent my other dog. He wants to be around me always but he doesn't resource guard me. He reminds me of the concept of someone with owes another a life debt (like in the Kevin Costner robin hood movie he saves the life Muslim guy in the crusdaes who follows him back to Europe telling him that he won't leave his side until he can return the favor) and is so grateful to be rescued he is not gonna let me out of his sight for a second|
|02-27-2014 10:31 AM|
|matthewm11||Yeah its funny Bridget when people ask and I say one is a husky mix they always assume its rocky the sable.|
|02-27-2014 10:28 AM|
|02-27-2014 10:27 AM|
|Bridget||Pretty dogs, both of them. Your mix looks more like a pure-bred GSD to me. Rocky is very handsome also and I can see the coyote thing going on you mentioned. Great dogs!|
|02-27-2014 10:08 AM|
|matthewm11||The black and tan dog is my husky mix. What a huge difference I can already see in temperament. I had heard of these mythological concepts like 'heeling' and 're-call' but had never actually seen them before! Rocky heels with or without leash meanwhile Indiana is pulling, swerving and hopping in bushes; and this after two and a half years of consistent leash manners training.|
|02-27-2014 10:01 AM|
|02-27-2014 09:56 AM|
|matthewm11||Thanks for the replies. Everyday Rocky has grown more comfortable and confident. Wow, never have have a had a dog so instantly bonded and attached to me though. My mix took a good three months before she felt comfortable with me when I got her. I will post pics when I figure out how; curious on feedback on if you guys think he is pb or not. Makes no difference to me, although it amuses when strangers on the street tell me he isn't a GSD; he certainly doesn't look like the gsd that comes to mind when most Americans think of one! Is it possible for a coyote and jackrabbit to mix? Lol jk.|
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