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    Read Turid Rugaas.if you are interested in body/dog language. i use it all the time on Rescues and i have had quit a few Koolies from puppy Farms that needed to be re-homed and taught to be confident......i do nothing in the first weeks, i give them space and i do not do anything, but give them time to get used to their environment...doing to much is the undoing......i get a good book and I sit in the area they are and i read my book, I look away and i also lick my lips a lot. i have some real speacil treats and i quietly throw them to pups/dog, if they look at me or come closer..but I do nothing. i feed them and leave them alone for the first two to three weeks..........It has worked rather well for my puppy farm dogs and a couple have even ended up as therapy dogs with kids. And they were fearal when i got them. i personally think we expect too much of dogs that have not been socialised orrectly...By all means if you get a puppy from a good breeder do things with it, but whenthey are timid, be rock solid, quet and allow them time to come to you.....it can take a while, but I even got over food aggression this way. I have also been doing this with some rescue newfies I have had and other Rescue dogs, but I always find the puppy farm dogs the saddest and least trusting

    Turid Rugaas is a good read for everyone involved with dogs and you can get e-books from Dogwise instantly, quite cheap
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    My second rescue Chloe and soon to be three years old was the exact opposite of Opal...she wasn't scared of anything...even thunder and fireworks.

    From day one at 7.5 mths old she was in my face...jumping up...biting and destroying anything and everything she could get her little paws on.

    Since being kept in the backyard by herself...no socialization and then dumped in the pound at 6 mths old...I didn't know what I was letting myself in for...she gave me hell all because some bastard didn't raise her correctly from day one.

    I'd raised two GSDs before Chloe and did have some problems as puppies are monsters but nothing like the problems I had with Chloe...she is very strong willed and stubborn when she wants to be...anyone who owns a GSD will know what I mean.

    We had to house train her which was the easy bit...teach her house manners...teach her how to behave around other dogs...how to walk on a lead and to stop jumping up on me and bitting too. She bit through the harness in the car while I was driving and nearly jumped out...the only time I saw her scared was when I started taking her to obedience training...Chloe would scream try to pull away and bite the lead and my leg or arm or both and it hurt.

    When I took her to the vet she wouldn't go in and she bit the vet a few times...she wouldn't let me clip her claws and would scream and bite me...but the most upsetting thing was Chloe wasn't bonding with me and being so young I thought she would in no time...it took nearly 7 mths.

    Today Chloe is still very strong willed and stubborn but a very different girl and we have a very strong bond and she is part of the family as it should be. Rescues are much harder to handle and train and require a lot of hard work and patience but it's worth it in the end.
    Chloe & Zorro
    Rottweilers and German Shepherds are Family

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    Two weeks ago I was at a shelter to see a young 2 yr old Rottie girl...when I saw her she was border line starvation as you could see all her ribs and pelvis.

    Staff told me she was surrendered because she kept taking toys off the children and the children were scared of her (BS). Staff also told me the "owners" took her to obedience training and she knows...sit and drop. I said why didn't they bloody feed her and I doubt she'd been wormed or on heartworm prevention either.

    She is a lovely girl...calm and gentle unfortunately Chloe didn't like her so I couldn't take her which made me sad knowing this beautiful girl didn't have a loving home...what's wrong with these lowlifes...how could they be so heartless and cruel...I hope karma comes back and bites these lowlifes in the bum.
    Chloe & Zorro
    Rottweilers and German Shepherds are Family

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