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Old 06-30-2009, 09:28 AM   #11
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I agree what the others have said re separation anxiety. He needs time to settle in. For all you know he's had lots of homes in his short life.
You can practice your leaves & returns over the weekends. Even pretend to get ready for work, go out the door & come straight back in. Don't talk to him or look at him for a few minutes, have him sit, then say hello in a calm voice.
He's a real little sweetie, it makes you wonder why he was abandoned in the 1st place.
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Hello and welcome! Kudos to you for adopting and giving this little guy a home - he sure is a cutie! Rescuing is a wonderful thing, however the drawback is that most of the time we know nothing about them. We don't know what might have happened in their former home, we don't know what their triggers are, we don't know much of anything! Patience, consistency and routine are key. It can take a long time for a dog to adjust to a new home. As Skunk said, Shiloh doesn't know that he's in a forever home now and to some dogs that have either never had their own "things" or have been uprooted several times, resource guarding can be a problem. One of my rescues, Charley, had issues with guarding his toys. It has been 14 months since I adopted him and I will say that within the last 3 months I do believe this issue has finally been resolved, but that's how long it took! My advice for the issues you specified would be as others have said (a) don't ever pick Shiloh up out of her bed, if it's necessary to pick her up, lure her off of her bed with a treat and then pick her up, perhaps even putting her back in her bed shortly thereafter with another treat. This is a good way to built up trust between you and Shiloh, and eventually he most likely won't mind being picked up out of his bed, but again, if he's content where he is then I wouldn't disturb him; (b) guarding your wife - whenever he growls from his place on your wife's lap, have her place the dog down, stand up and walk away, no need to say a word, Shiloh will realize that growling at you from his place on her lap gets him nowhere; when Shiloh is on her lap and does not growl at you, give him a treat; (c) the separation anxiety is VERY common in newly adopted rescue dogs, reference the links regarding this and try working on this right away. Good luck to you and Shiloh! I look forward to more posts and pictures!
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Hello, I also have a rescue dog called Joe who we've had full time for around 2 months now. I agree with what some of the others have said, about it being a short time for a dog to settle. When I adopted Joe, I was told it'll take at least 2weeks to begin to settle and then even longer for his real personality etc to come through Joe also suffered from separation anxiety and a lot of people here gave me good advice on how to help him i.e, leaving him for short periods of time and building up the time slowly, not making a fuss when you leave or return, toys, gangling keys around but not going anywhere, putting shoes/coat on but not going anywhere. I also left Joe with a filled Kong a few times. Now I leave him with a dental stick. He is always tired when left too. He seems to be fine now (thankgod!) , it took a few weeks but he did get there. Goodluck

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Some excellent advice here cant add to it but just wanted to say a big hi to you and Good luck with Shilo Im sure its only a matter of time and adjustment to a loving home thats needed Keep us posted
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:03 AM   #15
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Hello broady. Just noticed you're from Australia. Which state?
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