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Old 06-07-2013, 05:06 PM
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So I will probably be picking up another foster today, as long as I feel she will be a good fit. I haven't seen any pics or I don't even know her name. What from the rescue head said she is a 3 lb "applehead" Chi, VERY shy and timid- about 2/3 years old. (they also thought my 4.75 Pia was 6 lbs so who knows) She bit the founder every day for the first 4 days, now they are best friends. She had to just sit in the middle of the room with the Chi in the crate, and feeding and playing with the other dogs in the room until the Chi finally came out. She was a puppy mill dog too, bred out.

I will know more about her after I go out to the rescue in a couple hours, but I just wanted some advice about how to best socialize her and help her overcome her fears. I have never had to deal with something like this, so as much help and advice you could think of would be very helpful! Again, I just had like a 5 minute conversation about her, so I will know more in a few hours when I go to look/pick her up.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:16 PM
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If this is a puppymill mama you have your work cut out! Mostlyl patience and more patience. If you have other dogs work with them in front of the new one. Let her make the moves. Feed her away from the other dogs; kennel or pen. Like you said, sit on the floor playing with the other dogs, and let her watch. Soon enough, hopefully, she'll realize people aren't so bad. Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:28 PM
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Yes, she is a puppy mill mama. She is prolly more like 4.5 lbs. She isn't super scared of things, just very weary of people. I took her in the store and she didn't bark at anyone... But if my husband or I try to pick her she will try to bite us. So we pick her up with a blanket, otherwise we will get bit. She loved the rescue owner and was sweet with her, so I know she will come around, she said to give it a couple days.

Right now she is content in an x-pen in the next room with a comfy bed and a bully stick. I don't like keeping her in there when we are here, but it is best for now.

Once she is used to us, do I just take her everywhere with treats and have people feed her them? That's what we did at the rescue (a hotdog!) and it worked pretty well. I just want to try to heal this girl the best I can.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:39 PM
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Once she is used to us, do I just take her everywhere with treats and have people feed her them? That's what we did at the rescue (a hotdog!) and it worked pretty well. I just want to try to heal this girl the best I can.
This has worked for several here but it does NOT work for Ruby. Truly, asking people to ignore her works best. I do not know why this is a difficult concept for people to try but it is. They INSIST that "she will love me-ALL dogs do!". Nope. We have learned. I tell them that they have 2 other attention hogs begging for notice but they remain fixated on trying to prove me wrong. Sadly, some friends and neighbors just give up and have actually called her the "bad" one. She is not a biter nor growler. She just does not like anyone or anything imposed on her. Well strangers-wise anyhow. My rules are imposed on her and she has learned to cope. You want a treat, you sit and do not run away. You want a belly rub, you pay first with a kiss, etc.

So, it will all be dependent on what she can manage.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:41 PM
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Karen is right, the NILF method is very successful with shy dogs, it helps them build confidence. Are you familiar with it?
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:03 PM
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Karen is right, the NILF method is very successful with shy dogs, it helps them build confidence. Are you familiar with it?
No... not at all.

Her story- She is a puppy mill mama, not sure where from. Her back nails were so long in the back they curled like a snail into her pads. The front were ground down more (digging maybe?) She is just starting to get hair on her back end cuz she was always sitting in her urine. She came into the rescue skin and bones but is now at a perfect weight.

I feel so bad just leaving her in the x-pen. Hubby tried to go pet her, slowly, and she snapped at him. Right now the x-pen is in the guest bedroom in the closet (doors removed) but I should probably stick it in the living room, right? That way she can see everyone and all the dogs, but she is still separated?


Here are a couple pics of her from on the way home-
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:36 PM
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She looks precious. I wish you the best of luck with her.
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She's adorable! I think I would put her pen in one of the main rooms so that she can start to warm up to the other dogs and your family. Good luck, im sure she will come around soon!
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