Pili Posted January 23, 2009 Report Share Posted January 23, 2009 Five days ago we rescued a 7 mo. BC (mix?) puppy from the humane society. He is supper sweet and beautiful, but extremely shy and timid. I am a first time BC mommie, though I have had dogs before: a schipperkee and a great pyranees. Here is a little background on Indy. He and his sister were left at the front gate of the humane society and found by the workers when they got there in the morning. They were five months old and both very timid. They said that his sister was even more timid than he is. According to the med records, they noticed he had a limp and discovered he had a fractured leg. It has healed. His sister was rescued first, so they were separated. They said they did not know if he was housebroken (we have discovered he is). I guess what I am asking advice about is the fact that he won't leave the crate. The door isn't even on it. It almost seems like he doesn't know that he is allowed out of it. He will only drink and eat in the crate. He is starting to venture out on his own, but the minute he sees that we notice him outside of it he scurries back in. It almost seems that whoever had him before either made him live in a crate the whole time or his two months at the shelter conditioned him to staying in the crate. He is actually very calm, and (I may regret saying this, LOL) I wish he were a little more lively. That said, I took him to the vet yesterday and found that he did have an upper respiratory infection, eye infection and an ear infection, but I don't think it will change his tendency to hide in the crate. The vet said it may be that since he is a mix (Australian Shepherd and a little Golden Retriever?) he may just have a really mellow personality. My Great Pyr, who was also a rescue, was very down the first couple of days we brought her home, but opened up after that. I just have this feeling that he was abused in some way. What is the best way to help him overcome this? I have been reading these boards since I brought Indy home, but seem to have the opposite problem of most new BC parents. If any of you have had experience with cases of this kind please help! Here is a picure of Indy: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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