rescue dog extremely skiddish
So I rescued a 9 month old white german shep. We are seeing a private trainer to deal with her major self esteem issues and attachment issues. However, she is scared to try the doggy door ive tried everything, i got her to take treats off the ledge of the door but thats it. She'd rather stay outside alone then attempt to come in when I am sitting right there. (which for her is HUGE) any advice?
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I rescued a female Yorkie breeder 4 months ago. She had never touched earth. She had spent 3-1/2 years on wire spitting out puppies. Talk about skiddish! She is doing great now yet it was (and knida still is) a challenge for her to acclimate to this new life. She is finally housebroken!
Here is a thought: It is sometimes better to ignore an unwanted behavior than it is to acknowledge it. This is what I have done. I have eliminated, as best I can, ALL of the negativity in her life. She does nothing wrong.
By acknowledging only the behaviors she understands to be good, you will move her into a safer, quieter world. A world that is 'black and white'. No grey areas. She is either living in (your) world doing as you command, or she is living in (her) world where she is free to do as she pleases with no objections from anyone.
To do this create a RELEASE command, word or phrase that, when she hears it, she knows she is free to be a dog, she is in her world. Use this every time you do not want her to be obedient, when she can do as she wishes, no rules.
When given a command she must be in your world and do as you command.
Black and White. Try not to acknowledge her uneasiness to the best of your ability.
I also created a "safe" word that I use when I know she is about to flee. I say "safe" and after she heard it only few times, she began to return to investigate that which she was frightened by. NO EYE CONTACT when saying this word. It is a very 'matter of fact' sound. I just say it and pay no attention to her.
One more calming technique is to 'sit' her, often. When she chooses to sit she is choosing to be more calm. It has to be. Yes she may still be anxious yet she has choosen to calm enough to sit. Soon she will be sitting as you approach AND she will begin to stay calm for longer periods of time.
Hope this helps.
The dog door (I wish the original post text was here to review). I had this cahllenge and overcame it in short order by taping the door open about 1/2 way and placing a treat on the opposite side. Once you get her to put her head through, very soon she will use the door. As she passes through for the first time, you can hold the door open with your hand and entice her to come to you. Use whatever tool/ trick you can. This should not take too long. Only a couple of sessions will have her using that door like a pro. You may want to hold it open for her a few times to get her used to the door before letting it hit her in the nose.
It took less than 30 minutes for Ginger, my Yorkie to get it.
Esmerelda was a rescued dog walking hunched over the tail between her legs and always pulling. Esmerelda looks as if she maybe a mix soft coat wheaten and a caron mix. It took a long time but eventually she did better over time. They just need to trust. Lots of hugs kisses and cuddles help a lot they will know that you will not hurt them and come around. Massages help too! Foot rubs for dogs they is a form of love and trust.
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