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Just got a rescue pup. Hes very nervous,  growling at me which I've never had that from a dog before. Hes really nervous knows no commands and very skittish not toilet trained. Nothing bad happened to him just a puppy thats been in refuge. I suspect due to lockdown its lack of socialisation which explains why he does not know how to walk on a leash. He seems to go on puppy pads but when I catch him about to go I try to tell him to go in garden ( not shouting) and try to get him to go in the garden to toilet but hes terrified.  The same with commands . I'm trying to train him to sit hes terrified . Any advice to get him out of this fear. He gets on with my other dog they play rough at times. Obviously he needs time to settle in. Also due to diet change he now has diarrhoea. There is no puppy classes running as present for the socialisation aspect though he was with other dogs. I suspect hes not met many people.

 

 

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Relax relax relax  it will take time and patience if he has had no interaction with any person it will take a long time start from fresh as if it is a new 8 week old pup..

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His bowel issue could be tied up with his stress levels, when we brought our Bengal kitten home despite being in one room with a lit tray, his bowels turned to water almost and he often couldn't make it to the lit tray. No recriminations or hard words just let him settle in. I imagine his food in the rescue wasn't the best, many mouths to feed so food is usually kibble. If you just swapped him straight to tinned or even raw his gut will need time to adjust. At 7 months he's developed into a shelter dog, lots of different faces, dogs coming and going, that's a very unsettling influence on a dog who would normally be bonding with one or two humans, one of whom would be pack leader.

Try to take it slowly, routinely take him outside for toilet breaks, can you put a used puppy pad outside so the smell can prompt him? Lots of love and patience needed. He's had a rough start for such a young pup.


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Thanks I'm not use to such a nervous dog. I'm trying to train him to come and sit. To no avail. He seems to be ok with me stroking him but growls at everyone else and is terrified. He has not been abused in any way but is fearful of everything. 

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As others have said  -  relax, take your time, don't rush him, patience, patience, patience.    He will pick up instantly on any frustration on your part  -  or anxiety/stress   -  which will make him 10 times worse.     Keep everything calm around him,  no sudden movements,  take him outside in the garden every hour, and immediately after feeding  - and as soon as he pees/poos,  praise him and let him come back inside.     With any new introduction of people   - tell them to ignore him,  let him come to them if he wants to   -  on his own terms and in his own time.

I would not push the training until he has settled in and feels secure in his surroundings  -  and with the humans in his new pack  -  being terrified of everything is not conducive to learning after all.

2 weeks of calm,  not rushing him, letting him come to you guys  and you will see improvements.    It is possible to get a dog to sit without training  -  without them realizing training is taking place  - but the most important thing at the moment it to give him time to adjust to his surroundings  -  in a calm and relaxed atmosphere.

A lot of us have been where you are now   -  it gets easier   - I promise!

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Thanks for info. Working on the toilet training.  Hes gone outside and done his buisness all day. At night I'm putting a puppy pad down as I know a young pup cant hold it that long. Hes coming out of his shell slowly I have trained him sit with hand signal. Most the time hes doing it. The big issue I need to tackle is on walks he growls and barks at people he also barks and growls at dogs. I've tried to distract with treats hes not interested.  Any help appreciated I know hes probably doing it out of fear but I dont want it to be a permanent thing.

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Others on here will be able to assist with training   -   thanks to my hubby who does the majority of the walks  (I am not fit enough to handle both dogs)  my boys are not very well behaved themselves.

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