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Hi. Need some advice in advance, and some ideas of where to post along the way as I go. I'm getting a 2 year old, UNSOCIALIZED Gsd female. Puppymill survivor, used to either being free on a farm or in a cage not in a house. Not aggressive, prefers to get out of your way if she can. Flattens if she can't. Not treat or toy motivated. She's a 2 year old, not a pup. Once she finishes with her last litter, she'll be fixed and come here. I am, I think her 4th home. Thanks.
 

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Good on ya for taking her in! The best advice I could offer would be to take things very very slowly. Give 3 weeks or 3 months, whatever it takes, for her to just settle in and learn your routine, before beginning any kind of training beyond essential house manners!

My previous dog took 3 months to show that she was comfortable enough to begin any sort of training. But, wow, she really took to it and became a stellar dog!

Good luck!
 
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Thank you for rescuing her. With dogs that been through trauma, the best thing to do when bringing them home is to give them space. Let them decide when they'll come to you. Meanwhile of course, setting up boundaries, but take it slow.
 

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Not aggressive, prefers to get out of your way if she can. Flattens if she can't.
Sounds like a learned response, maybe even a fear response. Plenty of time and patience to build up trust and a bond. Always stay calm with her, never lose your cool around her. Our latest rescue is a sweetheart, but will growl and try to get between them, if anybody is seated or laying down and the other is standing over them leaning in. the response is not specific to a person, doesn matter who's seated or laying down and who's standing. We believe she came from an environment that had a lot of domestic abuse. but that is just a guess.
 
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