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Old 08-14-2014, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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How to handle new pup that has never been trained anything except fear

My ex is a "backyard" breeder. I have nothing against breeders but he overbreeds his females and ends up with too many. He called me yesterday and asked me if I wanted one of his dog free and clear. I thought that was odd since her momma is a blue XXL and he daddy is a blue bully. I have wanted her for awhile but didn't have the $1000 he initially wanted for her. She is 9 months old. It was apparent she is afraid of everything. She wouldnt eat unless you fed it directly to her piece by piece. She is afraid to go up a set of stairs. I have to carry her up the stairs. I did finally get her to go down the stairs without help today though. It took about 30 min of walking before she went #1. She has never been walked with a leash or house broken. She was allowed to soil in the house. Never been crated before. I know when training them to be housebroken you should incorporate a crate but dont know where to start since she is older and has never been in one. She is super sweet but VERY scared and shy. She slept in my room last night and didnt have any accidents. She can hold it in. How do I go about doing this. Also my daughter told me she has been physically disciplined harshly by several people in the house. Makes me so angry because it shows, she cowers. When she is outside she wont go anywhere at first, she lays on the ground. After some coaxing she would scoot crawl on the ground inch by inch but then finally would walk. She doesnt like the dark. I couldnt get her to walk last night all she did was crawl on the ground.
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Old 08-14-2014, 06:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How to handle new pup that has never been trained anything except fear

That's sad I'm am glad to here she is with you now though. I would just keep working with her and earning her trust, I'm sure she will learn to trust you even if she never does anyone else. I had a girl that was afraid of everyone and acted like she was mistreated before she came to me. After being real gentle and patient with her she learned to trust that I would never hurt her or let anyone else hurt her again. Once the dog has bonded and trusts you then you can slowly start working on her fears of other people and things. I would just take it slow and not push the poor girl to hard. Real Positive training will be the key for this girl She might actually like a crate since it can act as her safe place, you just have to make it a positive thing for her. I always choose a crate with extra space so the dog isn't cramped and has room to stretch out, set it up in a quiet area of the house for her, and put some treats and some safe things to chew in there for her

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How to handle new pup that has never been trained anything except fear

Oh and for some reason the girl I have now used to hate stairs if they were inside, so I had to find a good set of cement stairs that were outdoors for practice. I think it's because she didn't feel closed in, but who knows. Maybe that can help your girl with the stairs in your house once she is adjusted and ready for an outing.

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Old 08-15-2014, 01:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
 

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I used treats to get her to go up the stairs...it worked. I have taken her out all day long and she would not go outside. I literally brought her back in after 30 min went in kitchen for 5 min and came back to living room to find a pile of poo and large pee spot. She is walking on the leash better but I dont think she knows what she is supposed to do. WIll have to get a crate to house break her. That is a totally different subject once I cross that bridge.
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I would try some crate games with her. Make it fun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8HNO79bZMY

Good for you for trying to help her build some confidence. Look up confidence building games for dogs, there are many out there but the best IMO is structured walks in the same area until she is comfortable an then expand the area, let her get comfortable and then keep expanding Dont push her, cowering sucks, but its better than reacting aggressively (which could still happen since she is young) so I am very glad she found you. Also, just to make a point there is no such thing as an XXL class in the American Bully, so my guess is it was just some nice pups and who knows what breed they actually are post up some pictures when you can we love pictures! Take a look at the training section and keep us in the loop on how its going. LONG road ahead I hope you're prepared .
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Old 08-17-2014, 04:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
 

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Here she is


Here are her parents

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dad is shorter and stouter while mom is big and tall

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She did much better today with going outside. I introduced her to the crate and she was not going for it, apparently she spent a big chunk of her puppyhood in one all day. She is not destructive so I may not even use the crate. I will see if I can get her used to it.
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I just fixed your picture uploads for you next time you post pictures copy/paste the IMG code. You did a different one so they just showed up as links

Your pup is very cute! The parents have very weak pasterns and are easty westy but it doesn't look like your pup got their feet so that is good!!
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Your pup is very cute! The parents have very weak pasterns and are easty westy but it doesn't look like your pup got their feet so that is good!!
I don't even know what that means! Can you explain? I do like her smaller size, her sister is twice her size and is built like her momma.
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Old 08-17-2014, 04:15 PM   #10 (permalink)
 

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ohhh, I just looked it up. Why does that happen? It is alot more pronounced in her daddy. Hopefully her feet stay ok. I have noticed though she has a hard time going up and down stairs. When she was going up the porch stairs last night she mistepped and fell halfway down them. Of course her leash stopped her but she got choked up a little by it. She was freaked out.
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Sucks she was in the crate so much. They should be good places for pups to retreat and stay safe when you're gone. Sucks poor girl. She is adorable! Glad if seems to be getting better
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