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Old 01-29-2007, 11:02 AM
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Are there any special concerns about rescuing a dog who's been a puppymill breeder for 7 years? We are looking to adopt a beautiful little girl who could be Elvis' companion but I want to know if there's anything I need to know first.

Who has done this? What special needs do they have? Are they harder to socialize?

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Old 01-29-2007, 04:23 PM
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I adopted a Japanese Chin from a shelter who got her from a puppy mill. She's about 4 years old. I actually got her for my grandmother, who quickly learned that she really couldn't keep up with a dog. She then lived with me, then my friend & her dad, and now is living with my friend's brother & sister-in-law (hopefully forever)

She's very timid when she first meets people & is apparently still very timid around males. She is a great dog...very sweet, potty trained really easily. Took a while to get used to a leash. She was really just like any other dog that you would adopt - they all have their issues, I think. I guess my only advice would be to just be patient. Good luck!
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:52 PM
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msot will be very timid around humans and shy away from human contact.
SOcilization MUST be taken very slowly and patiently, give her her own crate/bed in a quiet place (under a coffee table or in a quiet corner)
lots of treats and gentle praise, and expect it to take lots of time.
she will probably bond strongly to you and your family but may always be a little timid around strangers.

housebreaking would likely be the hardet thing, mill dogs are not housetrained, or peepad trained, they are also used to pooping and peeing in thier cage/bed so crate training might not work as well as it would in most cases. id suggest starting with pad training untill shes comfortable comming to you (dont want to let her outside and her not want to come back)

leash training will also take some work, she will have never worn a collar or a harness, she would have never been walked on a leash ect, so id once again be very patient, but id hold off on any formal training untill shes warmed up to you and your family (let her settle in first)

you may also have to watch for food agression, if shes been caged with other dogs it can sometimes cause posessive behaviours.

basically think of it like brining an undersocilized puppy into the home.
lots of hard work but worth it in the end.

you may also get lucky and end up with an outgoing little girl whos just happy to meet everyone that wants to love on her.

best advice is to take it as it comes, prepare for a hard time and that way your not dissapointed if things take a little longer.

make sure shes spayed and given a through healthcheck uncluding bloodwork for thyroid, liver and kidneys and have her heart and knees checked too.
mill breeders tend to be riddled with health problems thyroid and mammery tumors are the most common.
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