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Old 11-12-2012, 11:05 AM
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We got a 12 week old chi at the weekend and they poor little mite is very nervous. When we walk towards him he runs away under the table or chairs but when he is in our arms hes very cuddley and affectionate so I fear he may have been kicked in his previous home.

Have you any tips on how we can make him feel safe around us? He has got alittle bit braver and comes to us but still runs when he sees feet coming towards him
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:48 AM
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He is going to have to learn to trust you, I would offer a treat for him to come to you and when he does praise him. It will take time, my Fox Terrier was like that, and it took her about a month to settle down. Something must have happened for him to be so afraid. Oh, and Congratulations! What is his name, hope you can put up some pictures.
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Thank you the treat is a really good idea!! Im going to try that later!! The only pic i have on my phone is the one in my avatar of Champ in his new coat
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I wouldn't be so quick to decide that he's been abused, kicked, or otherwise mistreated. Some dogs are naturally shy. And some very small dogs tend to have a natural aversion to being approached by someone so very much bigger than they are. Tango tends to back away from me when I approach him standing. But if I squat down, and get more on his level, he will most often run right to me and jump in my lap.

So that's what I'd start with, don't try and approach him standing, don't walk towards him, don't tower over him. If you want him to come to you, get down on his level. Also have treats. If he begins to start associating coming to you with yummy goodness, he'll be more inclined to approach you even when you are standing, but certainly when you're squatting.

Whether he's been abused or is just shy, it may not be a particularly fast fix, so be patient.
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Thank you for your advice.
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Thank you! im going to try that later on..
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I don't think he was abused. Look at things from his point of view--He's itty bitty; You are a giant coming towards him; you are new to him; he's not sure what to expect yet. I would get down to his level and love on him & play with him to show him that he's in a safe environment & that you're not going to hurt him.

Congrats on your new baby!! Can't wait to see pics!!
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I have 4 Chis and every single one of them scarper away when people walk around, they'll even leave their food bowls if eating, and none of them have ever been hurt deliberately or accidentally.

At bath time I have to trick them all into the same area/room so I can pick them up one by one and one, my tiny boy, is a wake up to all of my tricks, refusing to be approached or picked up at all - he decides when he wants up, on the bed, cuddles etc. and no amount of cajoling will ever change his mind lol.

It helps immensely to get down to their level or to sit on a couch etc., then they'll approach, as I'm sure yours will.
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