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05-12-2014 02:22 PM
wolfy dog Fast breathing can be from stress but a vet check would be good. Ask for the heartworm test.
Do not give him any opportunity to flee or hide as this will reward this behavior since it solves his problem.
Keep him leashed with you at all times until he no longer flees from you.
Crate him when you cannot spend time with him. Reward any initiative he takes, hand feed part of his food ratio.
Allow him to adjust to his immediate environment first. Once he is comfortable there, gradually expand his world. Do not forcefully socialize him with dogs, people or anything else that he cannot handle. Let him take the initiative to make contact.
Be calm and confident with him but do not baby him as to avoid feeding neediness.
Take your time, this can take months or he can be this way throughout his life, depending on his first months, temperament and genes. Accept him for who he is, he is one lucky dog.
05-12-2014 12:55 PM
Cara Fusinato I would keep him inside 24/7 and crate, pen, or baby gate him into somewhere when you are gone -- whichever he handles best. No dog deserves to be just shoved outside at a doghouse. He's going in there because he is scared and that is the only small environment he can feel safe hiding in. An indoors crate with a cover would likely serve the same for him or under the dining room table. You need to give him time to adjust. He's been ripped from the only thing he knows and it can take 1-3 months or MORE for them to really settle in. He is not going to starve. Vet is a good idea too. Patient. Your reward when he comes around will be great. He was happy and confident in his old home (you saw) and he will be happy with you too given time to figure things out.
05-12-2014 12:26 PM
Msmaria Have you tried boiling some boneless chicken and feeding it to him from your hand?
05-12-2014 11:33 AM
lovekoda Thanks for all your help.
I'm taking him to the vet on Thursday, just to make sure he isn't sick, or has any health issues.

I've noticed at night, he breaths really hard and rapid. Plus, he's not eating.
05-10-2014 03:30 PM
kjdreyer Hi, I'll share what's worked for me with past shy rescues. For the first few days, I pretty much ignore the dog unless he comes to me. I don't try to call him to me, I put his food down and walk away and let him eat on his own time, and NO messing with him while he eats. I offer nice calm affection whenever he approaches me, but I pretty much leave things really really mellow, and I try not to get in the dog's space too much. When he starts to act more comfortable, I act more excited, gradually start getting the dog's attention and rewarding with food. Every dog is different with how long it takes them to feel comfortable. If he wants to stay in the crate, I let him until he wants to come out on his own. Maybe your dog would like a crate in the house, so he can get used to his new people in his own little dog cave! After he starts acting like a normal dog, I start with the NILIF so he gets the rules of the house! Good luck, and have fun!
05-10-2014 03:16 PM
lovekoda No he doesn't live in the dog house. He just acts like he prefers to be there.
Every chance I've had I take him for a walk. He's had no training so I cannot leave him inside alone when I have to work.
He also seems like he has male trust issues. He acts like he likes me, but gets really skittish around my fiancÚ.
05-10-2014 12:18 PM
Susan_GSD_mom Is there some reason he can't be a house dog? GSDs thrive best that way, near their person. He can have outside time, but his living area should be where you are. He will bond with you much better that way.

Susan
05-10-2014 12:02 PM
scarfish not to sound negative but is there any reason he's living in a dog house? is this a family pet or a working farm dog? pets should be treated like family members. the dog will never be normal living in a dog house.
05-10-2014 11:39 AM
janr Oh, poor thing. It was a good idea to bring him in so he is around you most of the time. I would feed him just dry as normal and keep on with the high value treats to "lure" him to you. Is it just you in the home or are there others and if so does he react the same to them? In a few days he should be much better. Let us know.
05-10-2014 11:16 AM
lovekoda I brought him inside last night, and he seems more calm.
But he's not eating all that great, and I can't leave him inside 24/7.
Should I mix a little can food with his dry?
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