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How can we change the dog personality and build confidence and reduce his shyness and fear?

asked 2018-11-15 17:33:29 -0500

I adopted a dog from rescue 3 weeks back. He was surrendered by his owner. Hes is 4+ Years old maltipoo. He doesn't seems to be trained as he doesn't understand commands. It seems either he is shy or fear from others. He doesn't like to interact with other dogs and also with other humans when outside. He likes to be in the house and doesn't like going for a walk. I enrolled him for training classes but that doesn't seems to be working as he is not food motivated so training him is kind of tough. 2 days in a week we go to office and rest days in a week we work from home. He go to day care when we are not at home. But he doesn't like going to day care and is in his crate for all 8- 9 hours and he will not eat or drink anything. He has huge separation anxiety and we cant even leave him for a min as he starts barking. Can someone please suggest what should we do in this case? can dog personality be changed with time. We want him to be active and happy dog.

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answered 2018-11-22 22:54:50 -0500

I highly suggest you find a well rounded trainer to work with you and the pup. Having volunteered with animal rescue for 20 years it typically takes 1-2 months for a dog to settle in a new home so don't get discouraged. Best of luck and thanks for rescuing a dog in need.

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answered 2018-12-04 14:28:48 -0500

Poor pups! It says a lot about how your furbaby was treated, in order for her to not be a naturally social animal that dogs are. Some good suggestions here, the biggest thing needed is patience. Don't try to fit her into a situation she's not ready for. Skip the walks, the socializing with other dogs, focus on her S.A. at home. Get her to really feeling comfortable in her home environment and comfortable with you leaving. Hire someone to come over the 2 days you can't be there, someone who can lovingly reinforce your positive training that you will do when you're there. I think long periods of crate time/doggy day care are both overwhelming for her now. Continue to make the outside world exciting, but don't force it. Once tiny hurdles are accomplished move on to bigger goals. And after all that, if she's gotten over the S.A. but prefers the home life, then so be it. Every dog is different.

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answered 2018-11-28 15:39:06 -0500

I would take him on more frequent walks where he can see and slowly get comfortable with being around people. Dog parks are always a great place to socialize your pet. With time and patience he will open up. Good Luck!!

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answered 2018-11-25 19:19:43 -0500

My dog spent six years in a puppy mill. She never had a name, much less any positive interaction with humans. My first step was to build her confidence. I praised her for everything from sneezing, looking me in the eye, or voluntarily coming into the room I was sitting in. “Good Girl Rachel!” Turkey Bacon helped a lot and I cook it just for her, hid pieces around the apt and when she found it...”Good Girl Rachel!” Turkey bacon and praise. 6 months later she plays and snuggles. She has a long way to go and still hates being outdoors, I take bacon outside with us but she is not ready to conquer the outside world yet. She does continue to progress. If I can do it, you can do this.

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