sweet_ceana Posted November 22, 2008 Report Share Posted November 22, 2008 Obviously we do not know Tripp's past (our new foster), so we are trying to peice together some things. He is a very scared and anti-social boy. He lays with his face to the wall, and his back out towards every room. When he is corrected he immedietly tucks his head into his "business." It is habitual movement without thinking. He gets told "ehh," and his head goes right to his crotch. If a dog gets in his space he will lunge at them and start a noisy, but not teeth envolved fight. It is more of a "LEAVE ME ALONE," then an intention to hurt. He is terrified of toys and other dogs running. Poor Ceana and Poke are going through withdrawls because toys can not be left down or else he just flips out. We have been placing kibble in the kibble ball for him, and he is tolerating a toy, but he is still a little hesitant that it is not evil. He is smart so I pulled out the clicker and we worked on some basic commands tonight. He would flinch from the clicker and shake when told to do a command. He was scared to take any kibble from my hand at first but quickly began to love the treat. We practiced, sit, down, here and his name. After quite a few times of saying his name and clicking and treating eye contact he did not flinch as bad at the clicker. He caught onto everything after telling him the second time. He is a very bright boy. We practiced for about 5 minutes, just enough that it was not so scary or stressful. He has a chunk missing out of his ear, and last night when I was rubbing his belly for the first time, I noticed what look like some old puncture scars on his face on the same side as the missing ear. I can guess that possibly he was attacked by another dog and that is why he is terrified of the other dogs he comes in contact with, but again he is a foster so who knows. Does anyone have any good games or techniques to build his confidence. He is soooo sad. It breaks my heart. I want to do everything I can to bring him out of his shell. Thanks in advance for your help. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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