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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-31-2016, 01:17 AM
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I have had a few dogs in the past that were abused. I agree with point two very much and use this to forge bonds with all my dogs abused, or not. Kindness and consistency, as well as offering stability, goes a long way.

I embarrasse myself by missing that! "That" was the last piece I was missing with "Rocky." We have open desert so exercise was no biggie. And leash training takes me less than 4 minutes so we were good, yeah ... not so much! To get past his final "issue" people and not liking them, we had to walk, "exposure" not "socialization" he just needed to be safe not make new friends.

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-31-2016, 04:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone with all your insightful replies.

I have been looking at some professional dog trainers to help her and also help me with understanding her a bit more (I do believe she attacks because she is fearful)
I am prepared to patient and give her a lot of love and be consistent.
I live in a large cattle property so she has a lot of room to exercise (I would also like to walk her when she starts trusting me)
She is also a whole dog so I would like to eventually spay her.

I'm still psyching myself up to ask my relative to take ownership of her (he also scares me a little)

I really appreciate everyone's support and advise, I will be sure to keep everyone posted! Here is a photo of her before her previous owner passed away.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-31-2016, 09:59 AM
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I successfully rehabbed a gigantic male GSD who had been chained to a tree and beaten with a metal baseball bat. They broke his ribs and a couple of his teeth. He had to have his tail amputated due to the severe trauma.

It took us (me and my husband) about 1 1/2 years to get Max ready to be adopted. He still could not be trusted with teenage boys (that is because it was three teenage hoodlums who tortured him) but we turned him around with everything else. The guy who adopted claimed he was the dog of a lifetime.

Time, love, patience, consistency and training are what she needs. We have turned around so many frightened dogs over the years. I adopted the one that we could not fix. I could never trust her not to try and bite someone if she had the opportunity. She was poorly bred and lived in a dark, windowless garage for the first year of life. She trusts us, but no one else.

If you get this poor girl, I wish you the best. All of the messed up dogs that we have fostered have really appreciated the kindness they received here.

It also helps if you have a calm, confident dog of your own that can set a good example for her.

Yours in GSDs and rescue,


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