Lewis Moon Posted December 13, 2011 Report Share Posted December 13, 2011 There is a good probability that we may be getting a scared little boy to foster in the upcoming weeks and I wanted to pick your collective brains on strategies to bring him out of his shell. Last Saturday I got to sit and interact with him for a bit at an adoption event and he seems to have just “shut down”. He seems to like it when I scratch behind his ears but that’s about as much interaction as I get. He’s a beautiful, one-to-two year old full BC that comes from a situation of extreme neglect, where he had little human contact. What contact he had was possibly abusive and he was probably left for long periods in a crate. From my observations, he’s not really reactive and doesn’t cower overtly, he just seems to be one stressed little lump in situations where there’s a lot going on and new people about. I’ve been told that he seems to have a strong herding instinct, loves to play with other dogs but just seems unsure whether to trust humans and hasn’t gotten the hang of toys. We plan on setting everything up at our house so that when he comes home he has his “den” where he can feel comfortable in the short term. Given the timing we’ll be able to give him a lot of one-on-one attention over the upcoming holidays. We’re also planning on getting some “doggie crack” to hand feed him. My question is; what are some other strategies to coax him out of his shell? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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