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I just got a 2 year old rescue that has had very little human contact what kinda of exercise's can I do to build confidence.
 

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Are you taking a class with the dog? That's a great start. Agility is a wonderful confidence builder - not sure what kind of behaviors you are seeing now, but once you have a good relationship and some commands unde your belt, that might be the way to go.

If the dog is very shy, take him/her out in public, starting with not very frequented places moving up to busier places. Don't force anything, just start with desensitisation. You might ask your neighbours to help out by meeting your dog quietly and dispensing treats you have given them so your dog sees this as a very positive interaction.
 

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well it tunes out maybe he is not as shy as first thought.now he has started this weird biting and pulling on our close.not sure if he just not sure if he know how to play or it is a dominance thing.this dog is just about 2 years old and has lived in a pen most of his life with little human contact.
 

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Nipping and pulling on your clothes is puppy play. I once adopted an 18month old who also thought this was acceptable.

Sounds like yours was never taught not to do that either. Search the site for bite inhibition techniques.
 

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Aloha, Harlan. I think you will see a lot of changes in the first two months of "bonding". My Rescue, Rasa since 11-23-08, I thot at first was a total introvert and did not even bark. But many many behaviors/trust/loyalty have surfaced in the last 2 1/2 months, mostly good, if some were bad, I asked the experts here on this forum. So far so good.
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You will find with rescues that there is a "honeymoon" period. The new behaviour does sound puppyish to me, but my original comment still stands - you need to do lots of socialisation with this dog and a formal class would be very beneficial for both of you.

Good luck and keep us posted - rescue dogs are the best!
 

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thanks everyone well it has been a week or so since I brought him home
ya I think it is a puppy behavior he seem a little immature.he won't play with doggie toys but he is all about close pulls them out of draws ect.. and he won't bite skin but he will try to tear the shirt off your back.LOL can't wait to see what the future brings..I think he thinks he has died and gone to heaven.good food and lots of it. two gsd's to play with all day and humans to hug him when ever he wants.I wish I had it that good.
 

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I am fostering a dog that likes to chew cloth as well. I think it is due to anxiety...and the smells that YOUR things have are soothing as compared to doggy toys. Just be sure to let him know that he isn't allowed to do this, only w/ his own toys(and he should have something to get his urge to chew out). Setting rules early gives him a sense of security, too. Thank you for rescuing him!!
 

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What a beauty!!
 

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Aloha, what beautiful coloring. How many "bidders" in line for him from the shelter? The people who turned him in must be nuts. Rasa and he except for the wider ears could be brother and sister.

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Thanks for all the kind words.I actually got him from a private party
but it was a bad deal they really miss treated him. so the count now is 1 female gsd from the shelter
1 male from a rescue
and my new boy from PP
 
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