I recently adopted a 4 year old long haired chiuahua.
Bob is a lovely, quite little boy who was previously owned by an elderly couple, until rwcently the furdad has taken ill and been placed in geriateic care. At which point he asked his step daughter to give Bob the green dream. Fortunately for Bob the daughter is our land lady and we were asked if we would like him.
Adopting a dog brings with it many challenges as I was aware of to begin with.
He has been trained moderately to sit, come, lie down, go wee we and use a dog door.The last of which has brought me undone in the last week.
We have only had Bob a week so I wonder if I am expecting too much of the little guy. We have been taking him everywhere we can when we're no working and walking him if not once but twice a day. He hasn't been socialized with many dogs and as such, exhibts your typical old person dog behaviours when it comes to meeting other dogs. He snaps and snarls at larger dogs (short man syndrome) and merely tolerates dogs of his own size.
He exhibits a fair amount of fear when we allow our ferrets out to play without sending him downstairs. I would too. They are the Emperor and Empress of tje house.
When we walk him he constantly looks over his shoulder.
I really think that these behaviors are something that's happening because he has had a lot going on over the last 3 weeks. He was left in the elderly couples apartment for 4 days. People fed him but he was mostly on his own. He then was sick with diarhea and stopped eating which he was taken to the vet for and given antibiotics. Which he has 2 days left of. He is doing well in all respects as he didn't eat much over the first couple of days and when he did he wouldn't eat out of a bowl. He is now eating and drinking and eating out of his bowl.
Now he had a dog door at his old home. Which he used. We have also taken him to a family members place who have 4 dogs and he used a dog door there. He used the dog door at the daughters house. But 2 days ago I put a dog door in and he refuses to use it, even when shown treats and called encouragingly he exhibits fear and apprehension about going through it. I have only managed to get him to come in once through it and he flatly refuses to go out of it without being basically forces through it. What gets me is that this is a dog who has frequently used a dog door throughout his life, who doesnt show any fear of going in or out of of one when he is at other peoples places yet he will not use this one.
If anyone has any suggestions I would be very grateful for any advice as I have tried all the positive reinforcement I can think of and he is still not reaponding.