help with a scared puppy ?
Today i got a 5 month old puppy. i’m pretty sure for his whole life he only saw a person when they would go out to the barn to feed him. so he has had little human interaction and is scared of everything. All he wants to do is hide and when he does hide i try to tug on his leash to pull him out and he kinda snaps at the leash, i don’t want that go become a problem. i just need some tips on how to get him to go outside on a leash or even play with a toy. he has no interest in anything and i feel so bad for him. i’ve only had dogs that are energetic and happy so i’m not sure how to help him. i just want to make his life happy.
also for those of you getting heated about the situation-he has all his shots and i have the vet papers for him. He is very calm and will stay where I put him he just doesn’t feel the need to move. we have been cuddling and isn’t scared of getting pet. he just doesn’t want to move to go anywhere including outside.
also he does not show interest in anything including toys treats etc i don’t think he has any idea what anything is
- PLv 71 month ago
please watch this short video as it is all about how to deal with shy fearful dogs.
- 1 month ago
Be patient, socialize him with other people and animals. He will come around, it will just take time. Before you know it he ll be attached to you at the hip. Lol
- NathanLv 41 month ago
Chances are, he was need in a small puppy mill. That isn't okay - he will really struggle to trust humans, and may show signs of aggression, and is also more likely to have genetic diseases.
You need to take it slow. You got him today, why are you trying to play with him? Anyone who's done a decent amount of research knows that you leave the animal alone as soon as your home, and don't bother them unless they are "asking" for attention for 4+ days.
I suggest positive association training - you are essentially rewarding with treats or (when he shows interest in one) toys every time he interacts with you or another human. He'll soon learn that humans = good things.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Use a shock collar.
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- pattyLv 52 months ago
Take the puppy to vet for check up and advice. I'd say the puppy has limited socialisation with people and other dogs. Have him inside with you and keep him company. play with him bit by bit. it may take a long time before he is confident around you and other dogs but the wait will be worth it.
- TarkarriLv 72 months ago
First thing is to stop tugging on leash and let this terrified pup hide.
Take the pup (carry, not walking on leash) to the vet for a full health check and vaccinations.
Make a safe space (bed/den) for the pup where it won't matter if the floor gets soiled. Put food and water bowls nearby.
Take a cushion, book/phone/ipad/ and treats and go and sit QUIETLY on the floor nearby.
Place a treat near the bed/den then ignore the pup.
Once it eats the treat, repeat. Each treat should be a tiny bit closer to you. Once it will come all the way to you for a treat start gently patting when it takes the treat. Start saying things like "good dog",quietly at the same time.
Add: given your further info that not scared of you or touch, try getting a toy (ball, squeeky, rope pull) and a friend. Sit where the pup can see you and play with the toy making happy noises. (Not too loud) the pup may feel encouraged to join in the game.
If your yard is safely fenced, try carrying the pup out and sitting on ground with pup next to you so they can get used to the outdoors.
- ZotsRuleLv 72 months ago
At 5 months old he has NO business going outside on a leash. You stupidly bought this ill bred puppy from a backyard breeder. It could have parvo, distemper, who knows. Get it to a vet and DO NOT take it out in public until after SIX months and only after it's been disease tested and as ALL its shots.
What sort of idiot buys a puppy from someone like this? Do you have another $500 or so for altering, shots and everything else?
- bluebonnetgrannyLv 72 months ago
Make him a bed, I used boxes cause it is only temporary, that he can have a safe place where he is not bothered. The most cluttered corner or the darkest corner & let the pup come out of his own accord. He will want to investigate his new surrounds but probably not til no one is around. Ignore him & let him come out by his self. Show him were the water is, right outside the box. & where the food is & just leave him alone. He has to make some bold moves & if he hasn't had human contact, it may take some time. Do not make any sudden moves when you are with this pup. His fear is strong.
It is just going to take some time. Talk all the time so he hears your voice. Put something you have worn in the box so he can get used to your smell. There are a lot of things you can do & should know about working with this kind of temperament. R\
It is a sad case of neglect & at this age it will be harder for him & for you. Give him a few days to get used to the movements in the household, the new sounds, the new smells, strange people. He just needs time & a ton of patience.
In the meantime get online & do some research on bringing a new puppy home. The dos & the don'ts, working with a scared rescue dog, he may not be a rescue but the information you need can be found there.
- Anonymous2 months ago
I would talk with a vet and ask how to make him happier.
- HündinLv 52 months ago
There is a (to use her words) "very experienced" animal behaviourist who posts ad nauseum on here and I would strongly recommend ignoring everything she will have to say about this. I'd personally go with pearlmar's advice and spend lots of time snuggling with your pup.