skittish dog

Old 08-30-08, 08:57 PM
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skittish dog

I found a skittish dog, she will not come up to me. how can i help build her trust? im worried that something will happin to her if i cant catch her. Im not chasing her just tring to build some trust. any thing would help thank you
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You could start by feeding the dog. You will probably need to set the food out and leave or stay a safe distance away so the dog will fill secure in going to the food. It will take time to for the dog to build up trust.
Old 08-31-08, 08:52 AM
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I agree with Mark. Food! And talk to it with that high tone voice. They really warm up to that.
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Old 08-31-08, 10:14 AM
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You don't mention where you found her? If she is in danger of being hit by a car or similar, it may be necessary to contact your animal control so she can be caught sooner, rather than later. If you want to adopt her at that point, you will have first choice.

If she is in a safer area, where you have time on your and simply sitting there talking to her will be your best bets. You also might try tossing (Underhanded toss=non-aggressive, not overhanded=aggressively) some smelly treats to her, such as doggie sausages.

I wish you luck, please keep us posted. I have a lot of years of animal rescue behind me, and it makes my heart smile that folks still care enough to try to do what you are doing.
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We rescued a Shepherd mix from our local HS after the loss of two of our pedigree Shelties due to age and health. He is 3 years old and spent 3 years in a cage. He had no idea what a step was. It took him about 10 minutes to negotiate 3 steps onto our deck. He had never "run". We cut him loose in our 4 acre fenced front yard. It was like watching a newborn colt run. He stopped running when he ran out of gas. Back to the point. He was, of course, skittish at first, tail tucked and standoffish. We found that low volume loving talk, combined with treats brought him out of his shell. Took a couple of weeks for him to begin returning the trust he had been deprived of. I, too, believe rescuing is the way to go after this experience. Let us know how it goes.

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