dereklum Posted December 28, 2013 Report Share Posted December 28, 2013 Hi everyone. I have just adopted a young Border Collie a couple days ago and I'm having serious issues with him. He's 9 months old but he's deathly afraid of new things, especially new people including me. I visited him a couple times at his foster home. They lived in the country and he had a wide area for doing whatever he wanted along with 6 other dogs. I, on the other hand, live in the city with only a good sized yard. I felt he was relatively comfortable with the lady taking care of him at the foster house, but not 100% even after 5 months of foster care. You can kind of imagine how he feels of myself. Every time I approach him, he backs up into a corner or behind a car. He's too scared to go inside the house, as he has made himself "comfortable" inside my garage. I was able to get close enough to clip a lead onto his collar with the intention to teach him how to walk on it around the backyard. He hated it so much that he wiggled his head out of his collar and found a way out of the yard. Luckily he came back later that night. The only way I can lure him out of his corner is to drop food in front of him gradually luring him out, though he still won't come closer than a couple feet from me. I currently can't give him a proper walk or a bath, which he needs after his night adventure. He won't do anything if people are around and the only chance of me approaching him is by getting on all fours and crawling towards him, but since the other day when we had our little leash "lesson", he's been even more afraid of me. Neither me nor the foster family knows anything of his life prior to the rescue. All she told me was that him and his litter and mother were rescued from animal control in LA at 8 weeks old. He's been a rescue basically his whole life. If anyone can give me advice or if you had a similar story become a success, please let me know. I understand this is a bad case and will take tons of time, but I would like to know if there's anything else I can do. I'll post the techniques I'm currently using below. - avoid approaching him standing up (I'll either crawl on all fours or crouch and inch my way sideways) - avoid eye contact (either face my back or my side to him only looking at him for brief moments at a time) - let him get comfortable on his own (I try not to focus my attention on him for long periods of time) - let him approach me (tossing his food gradually closer to me) - do things in his presence but no attention towards him (daily chores of just working or sitting in the garage) Again, any advice is much appreciated. I would at least like him to come inside the house and allow me to take him on walks without him freaking out. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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