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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-25-2012, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Rescued Shepherd that had been chained

My wife and i rescued a beautiful 2 1/2 yr old shepherd who has been chained up his entire life by the previous owner. ERRRRRR. He is amazingly not overly aggressive, is good with our grand kids etc. Though he does have a jumping up on people issue. In spite of this I'm sure mental damage has been done to this dog. I am open to any suggestions on helping this animal to lead a loving , happy life with us. His name is now Talon.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-25-2012, 05:23 PM
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Wow!! He's handsome!

Just be patient, set boundaries, be fair. Dogs are so resilient.

Have you ever done clicker training? Find a good trainer. I think you'll have alot of fun.




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Oh my goodness! He is absolutely stunning! I truly look forward to hearing a lot about him! And please, many, many more pictures!

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Wow, he's gorgeous!! Thank you for giving him the home he deserves. Have you thought of taking him to a basic obedience class? That would do a world of good for his confidence and bonding and good manners
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Why are you sure mental damage has been done to him?
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-25-2012, 05:35 PM
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oh hi! and welcome handsome! more pictures PUHLEASE!

thanks for taking him in and giving him a home where he'll be cared for
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Hi,
Welcome to you and Talon!
I can't offer any advice but I just wanted to say that Talon is very handsome and I wish you luck with him!

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Why are you sure mental damage has been done to him?
This was my question as well. A stable GSD can put up with an amazing amount of stuff and still be totally mentally sound. It's amazing what genetics can do. Also, just being chained won't always total a good GSD. Again, it's about genetics.

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He's gorgeous! Congrats on your new pal and thanks for giving him a new home.

You should probably look into the two week shut down and NILIF to help him transition into his new life with you.

I doubt he has been mentally damaged, he probably just doesnt know how to conduct himself, if he really was on a chain his entire life. Just give him some time.

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Congratulations and hats off to you. Chained dogs are often persistent jumpers on people because that's how they were able to show their excitement when somebody showed up; leaning in their collar and being told whatever they said to him, which has worked as a reinforcer, negative or not. Please do not pity him; his misery ended the moment you unchained him (yeahhhh!!!!). He needs structure, consistency and gentle training in order to belong. Observe him closely with children since you don't know him yet and he is still "honeymooning".
Also take it easy with exercise as he will be out of shape most likely. Gradually build it up.
Have a beautiful future together and keep us posted.This is so rewarding.
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