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Old 09-05-2007, 06:42 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, We are the proud owners of a 3 yr old scottie/cairn terrier marley she is not a cross we have the pedigree for a scottie but we have took her to a couple of groomers in are area & she has come back with a cairn terrier cut & they are sure she is a cairn terrier, we love her all the same & would'nt be without her. Anyway we have been offered a 4 yr old REAL scottie dog called scooby as the owners have just had a baby & feel they can't cope with a dog, he is at our friends at the moment, but scooby will not go near anyone & has spent most of the time under the bed. he cowers & runs away if anyone goes near him. I would be grateful if anyone had any advice, could it be because he has been took away from his home maybe depressed or could he have been mistreated. We are not sure what to do...

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Old 09-05-2007, 06:53 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us. I suggest you put up baby gates & allow each of the dogs their own space on opposite sides until they get to know each other. Introduce them slowly on-leash & just give it some time.

As far as fear of people is concerned, don't push the issue. Give the frightened dog time to adjust & sit on the floor doing things that are likely to entice the dog to come to you (like tossing treats in the dog's general direction or using fun toys to do the same). It takes time for a frightened dog to build trust & it is hard not to approach the dog or to coax too much but instead let the dog build confidence & come to you.

You've got me curious about your scottie/cairn? I'd love to see pics of both dogs. Hope you'll post some.
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Katz gave you great advice. Patience is going to be the key here. Hard for Scottie to understand that he is to be loved by a new family. Lots of love and he will be fine.
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Hi Scottydog and

It sounds like Scooby is scared (who can blame him?). KatznK9 has given you some good advice. If you want to read about some of the experriences that others have had with scared dogs, do browse our "Rescue" section. There are some stories in there about the transformation that can take place from a frightened dog to a happy family pet.
And of course we will help as best we can with any questions.
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Hello and welcome. I completely agree with what KatsNK9 said, I think time is really important here in helping Scooby.
I am also interested to see photos of Marley!
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It's probably an adjustment issue. Try to be patient and not force the Scottie. This is a breed that is undyingly loyal to their family and right now he's been When we got our first dog Dolly from a shelter she was terrified of people. She basically shied away from both my husband and myself, so we just gave her time and space. We'd sit on the floor and let her sniff us and then about a week after we got her, she got up from her spot just outside the kitchen came over to me and put her head in my lap. After that we made excellent headway.

I'm sure your new dog is trying to adjust to all the changes and in time will feel more at home. Good luck

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Hi, cheers for your reply, i have'nt got a photo of scooby but i have put a photo of Marley on the photo gallery, new to this so just finding my way round. Many Thanks..

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OOPs hit the reply button too soon. What I meant to say is Scotty's are extremely devoted to their family and he's been uprooted from all that is familiar to him, so it's going to take him a little time to adjust to his new family and environment.

Just follow Katz's good advice ... I'm sure he'll come around once he realizes that your the one who's going to feed and walk him. Dogs hate to be ignored no matter what breed they are and if you give him space and time before you know it he'll be joining in. If not I'd definitely contact a dog behaviorist to help you win Scottie's trust.

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I looked in your photo album & I think you've got yourself a purebred Scottie. I'm thinking your groomer needs to read up on their dog breeds before taking clippers to them.

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I'm thinking your groomer just made a boneheaded mistake & tried to convince you that you had a mix so you wouldn't be angry with the improper trim. JMO, of course.
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Welcome to DogForum.org. Greta to have you join us.


I agree with what everyone has said so far. It takes time to adjust and some dogs it can take longer then others.


Some pcis would be awesome!

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