My mum adopted a 5 year old Bichon X Poodle last year which we suspect was from a puppy farm. At the time i knew nothing of puppy farms, pet shops etc until i came onto this forum and got onto Oscars Law. All the warning signs of a 'puppy farm' dog pointed to our poor boy Benji.
This guy said he was a breeder and had multiple dogs for us to look at AND we were not allowed to visit his property - we & others had to visit the dogs at a park down the road. They were all crosses - some poodle crosses, some maltese crosses & Bichon crosses. All dogs were very fearful, teeth were not good (he told us all he feeds are watered dog biscuits and advised us to do the same) and none of them were desexed. I wish at the time we had known a little more information on puppy farms because if we had no way in hell would i have went. I didn't like any of the dogs but my mum fell head of heels for Benji and she just had to have him.
Some of his weird phobia's that i contribute to perhaps his life as a puppy farm dog:
1 - Very fearful. Took him 4 days until he would eat and none of us could touch him until about after a week.
2 - Doesn't move much. He would sit in the corner in Mums room, on the floor staring at the wall. He did this for about a month.
3 - Health issues. His teeth were severely rotted and we had to get several removed. His eye's are quite cloudy looking and we suspect he maybe going blind. He sometimes mistakes us for other people. (He does not like my OH & sometimes when i come home from work at night he runs up barking thinking i am him, until i talk to him).
4 - Fear of Men. He hates all men, my OH & my mum's OH for no reason. If we come across a male on our walks, he pins his ears back, his eyes widen and he keeps eye contact on him at all times until he's happy enough that there is enough distance.
5 - Hates grass. He will not touch it unless he really has to. All his waste is done in gardens, as he prefers them to grass. If i walk across a field, he will go right around on the concrete and meet me on the other side.
I think a puppy farm dog should be treated as any rescue - you just don't know what problems your going to end up with. With us, Benji took by far the longest to adjust, but i also put alot of that down to his breed - Bichon's are known for their stubborness. I second what Newf has to say about giving them time, cause that's all you can really do. You need to them trust you and commit to you before you can address any other problems - for some it may take longer than others. Molly and Rex were both a breeze, they were happy as soon as they set foot into the house, were fed, warm and content. Benji was much different from the other two - still is. He adores my mum, he dances for her when she gets home and livens up. When she isn't around it's like he goes back to his weary self - he still doesn't trust the rest of us.