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Old 08-04-2011, 01:55 PM   #1
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Some People JUST dont get it!

In an email thru the "Better Dog For You" website a person said that they just adopted a dog from a local shelter yesterday, got him home and a 10 year old son tryed to get it to "sit". The dog wasnt sitting, so thier son put light pressure on the dogs butt and gave the "sit" command again. But the dog snipped at him and ran from the room. B/c of this they are thinking it might be the wrong dog for the family.

After reading this I felt very flustered!! After I calmed down, I replyed & I explained that they needed to build a relationship of trust before trying to do ANY training. I explained that the dog was in a new home, with ppl he didnt know or trust yet, and he was probably just afraid he was going to be hurt.

I told them to just play and interact with the dog on his level for several days. I explained that after the dog got used to the new home he would relax and be more open to training.

I asked the writer to think about this like he/she were 5 years old and giving to a new family that they didnt know. Then asked he/she to imagine how he/she would feel if someone starting bossing them around.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:56 PM   #2
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Update:
I got an email back a few minutes ago and the writer said: "Oooooh, I didnt even think about THAT"!!!

I guess thats why "WE" are here ... to help educate!!!
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:52 PM   #3
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True, but the shelter should also have taken into consideration that there was a child and given them much more help in integration into the family. It must come from both the top down and the bottom up (us).
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:42 PM   #4
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It's funny with a rescue. Having numerous pass thru my life I often stand back and wonder HUH? The first night home they always sleep in my arms. Would I take in a homeless PERSON and do that?! Most of my critters are in sad shape when adopted so my immediate desire is to show them they will be loved but sometimes I question my own response. Monte taught me we had to go slow. He wanted noting to do with sleeping with me. Three years now and he knows he's welcome in my bed but he still chooses his own...except when it's cold.

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Old 08-05-2011, 01:03 AM   #5
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Neka was very skitish around me for several days after I brought her home.

I spent the first 48 hours on the floor with her and most of that time she laid across the room from me just looking at me. Everytime Id move she'd go to the far side of the room. But when I called her to me, she'd come right to me. I really think she was just "sizing me up" ... The funny thing was, if I stopped petting her or stopped scratching her chin or behind the ears ... shed move away again.

It took her over a month to get completely comfortable with me and her new home. During that time I only let her meet 4 people. 2 were family and the other two were the ppl who own the labs two houses down from me.
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:52 PM   #6
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everything from human to animal needs time to adjust to new surroundings time is whats needed here
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