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02-28-2014 09:29 AM
Magwart At 12 weeks, he's still has the possibility of being VERY resilient. Don't count him out.

I've seen some breathtaking transformations in much older dogs whose psyches were utterly broken, and this one hasn't suffered nearly as long. Over and over I've found positive-method OB training is the key to bringing these dogs out of the darkness and rebuilding their confidence.

I've had a few experiences where a dog's entire affect changes about three weeks into a good class -- posture straightens, head comes up, ears are held high instead of always being down, a new sparkle emerges in the eye -- once they realize their world is now predictable, and they know the right thing to do. They become so excited and proud to keep repeating the right thing and earning their praise and reward.

Make every interaction about building that pup's self-esteem and trust, creating a routine, and a predictable structure--give his psyche a chance to heal from whatever came before, and then you'll be in a better position to judge what he may be capable of in the future.
02-27-2014 05:55 PM
Msmaria So glad you rescued the poor little guy. I rescued before rescue 3 puppies last year March 1, 2013 for free. My neighbor lost her home and had to be out by the 1st. I had them all vaccinated, collars, food etc and gave 2 of them away to good homes for free. No charges for vaccines or anything I bought them, because I knew they would be happy with these people.
We kept Dex because he was more shy than the other 2 and smaller. I really think he was the runt of the litter. I know how disease spreads in the shelter and just couldn't see these puppies go there. Even though my pup has some issues, I would gladly have paid for him. He's part of our pack now and I love him so much.
02-27-2014 05:26 PM
Judahsmom Congratulations on your rescue!
I rescued Jiah, a White German Shepherd, 2 years ago in March. She was an extremely skittish dog, believed to be feral. She would not make eye contact, coward at everyone, didn't want to be near, ate little, had no manners whatsoever, ate through 2 wire crates and was miserable. Today, she is the most loveable dog I have ever had! She is my shadow. She will do anything I ask of her and instantly. She obeys almost before I finish my requests. Also, she doesn't even need a crate any more. She is home while I'm at work all day and doesn't destroy anything and never has had an accident. I have another White German Shepherd and I think he's helped her a lot too. I've had her in obedience training and advanced obedience and she past with flying colors. She will always be a timid dog, but not skittish now. She holds her head up, wants affection from me and has adjusted well beyond what I had ever hoped for. Yes, the beginning was rough. This happened over 2 years ago but I can say it was well worth all the patience and care we have given her.
I wish you the best. We found she came around by us not going to her and demanding things. We let her build her trust. We did not baby her though. Our trainer reminded us that her past was her past and we needed to be about her future where she is healthy and loved. It worked.
02-27-2014 04:29 PM
RubyTuesday When you take him to the vet ask them to see if he's been micro-chipped. IF he has you can probably find out who the breeder was.

Be vigilant on working though his fear issues & be hyper alert for signs of fear aggression. People on the board who have dealt with fear & nerve issues can provide a lot of insights & support.

Good luck!
02-27-2014 01:17 PM
middleofnowhere Well, you wanted this pup out of that situation since you first heard about it. I'm glad you got him. Whatever comes next is an improvement. Good news is that the people you got him from claim only to have had him for a short while. That does leave you with a lot of questions about what his life was like earlier. They'll never be answered because he's not telling!
But anyway, congrats, thank you and all that + best of luck. Keep us posted with the developments and see where he takes you.
02-27-2014 12:13 PM
Mocha I can't wait for pictures

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02-27-2014 11:34 AM
BMWHillbilly Thank God you rescued him! There is a reason this particular pup pulled at your heartstrings. BYB pup or not he deserved to be safe and in a loving home. No animal deserves abuse!
02-27-2014 11:25 AM
rumhelka Give him love and time to know and trust you, and you won't regret it... He will be the best!
02-27-2014 11:23 AM

I'm happy that you've rescued this puppy. Poor thing suffered enough. Now, with your help he can develop into a trully great Dog. I always rescue dogs whether purebreads or not it doesn't matter. They are all worth it.
Good Luck with your baby!
(I also think that this puppy was stolen).
02-27-2014 11:19 AM
SARpup I'll keep that in mind however all indications point towards mistreatment. He has some fear aggression as well.
Again, I am satisfied that I got him out of a bad situation.
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