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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-01-2018, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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New puppy help!

We bought a 6month old AKC GSD named Apollo that was left in a 10x10 kennel with 4 other pups his whole life. When we got him he was skin and bones very underweight and lethargic. We have had him for 3 weeks now and he has opened up a lot him and my wife have bonded a lot and he’s taken a little more to her because he is with her all day. He has obviously been abused he is very skittish but he is great with my 2 year old son and the seller said his daughters were with him a lot so I assume that’s why he’s ok with my son in his face all the time trying to give kisses. He is not food or toy driven by any means I don’t think he ever had treats or toys.. Apollo will not recognize his name though? He has learned sit once he finally figured out what a treat was the other day but it took him almost 3 minutes to eat a small treat because his jaws are so weak I’m guessing. He will just look at you and walk away if we’re in the yard but even inside he won’t even look up to his name. We’ve never bought a puppy over 8 weeks and I don’t know if it’s just him getting used to life here or he possibly has a hearing problem? But I think his hearing is fine anytime he hears a noise he is very good at alerting. Please give me your opinions on how to teach him his name and maybe fix his broken past? Our other shepherd storm was always very active and fast to learn everything she’s got a very high prey drive and loves to play fetch and search but he wants nothing to do with it he’s very calm and just lingers around all day.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-01-2018, 11:58 PM
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Just work on fun and engagement, and give this boy lots of time, he had a rough beginning! You might also think about changing his name, could be he never learned it, or it could be it has bad memories for him. I think it's cool to try out different names until you find one the dog really responds to, sort like letting them tell you what they like haha! Either way, it often takes a new dog several months to come out of their shell and feel like they're actually home! Congrats on the new pup, he's a handsome boy!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-02-2018, 12:11 AM
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I also don't have any advice on the name other than just giving it time....But OH MY look how sweet that boy is! He looks so happy just being there around you guys & out of the horrible situation he had been living in. PLZ DON'T COMPARE HIM TO YOU OTHER GSD, Not saying you were, just reminding ya lol. He had a completely different first 6 months so of course he is going to be completely different. He has never been taught things and probably was never given love, so he doesn't know what any of those things are...but he will come around. He sounds amazing already and he will only get better

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-02-2018, 12:57 AM
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In the beginning, I gave mine a treat or praise every time I called his name and he looked at me. It didn't take him long to get it. Find a "high value" treat that gets him really excited and drooling and that makes his eyes get really big. For mine, high value treats are peanut butter, boiled shredded chicken, cheese, liverwurst, etc. My dog loves his kibble (Victor) and during obedience classes, I used his kibble for training, especially right before meal time.
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