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    Senior Member Amaya-Mazie-Marley's Avatar
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    Re: Dog does NOT want to be held

    I had the same problem with one of my babies when I first got her. She wasn't well socialized at all, so what I did was lay on my stomach in the floor and just lay there, lol sometimes ended up taking a nap. It took a week or two but eventually she would come take treats from me, and a couple weeks later she would curl up in my arms, still on the floor, to sleep. After that went on for about a week and a half I tried picking her up, she seemed really nervous at first, but now, she won't leave my lap!
    I've said it too many times and I still stand firm. You get what you put in and people get what they deserve. Still I haven't seen mine, no I haven't seen mine. I've been giving, just haven't been getting. I've been walking that there line. So I think I'll keep on walking with my head held high. I'll keep moving on and only God knows why.

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    Question Re: Dog does NOT want to be held

    UPDATE:

    It's been a while since I've visited the boards so I wanted to post a little update re: Harley. We've had him almost 5 months now and he's doing much better. I've done a little clicker training with him and he will now actually jump up on the bench with me and half way get into my lap to be petted. He LOVES for me to rub his head and scratch his belly. I can lift up the front half of his body about half way (if that makes sense) but he's not ready to be picked up totally. But I think that will come in time. I just keep reminding myself of how he was when he first came to us and how far he has come.

    I would LOVE to bathe him. Since it's so hot here right now, he lays in the shade in the cool dirt so his white fur has a hint of brown to it. But I am able to put his Frontline on him and he'll even tolerate unscented baby wipes as a mini-bath. I'm just afraid to give him a real bath right now for fear of reversing any progress I've made with him. Of course, most dogs don't like baths anyway so I guess he'd get over it. Any thoughts on this from anyone???

    Also, he's on Prozac (10MG) right now. How long are dogs typically on this and how long does it take to wean them off when the time comes???

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    Re: Dog does NOT want to be held

    Perhaps his not wanting to be held is a blessing in disguise? I know too many people who always want to carry their dogs just because they're little--so they never let the dogs just be dogs! Of course, there are times when you'll need to pick him up (or at least have him sit still), but I don't think it's too tragic if he would rather walk than be carried.

    You never gave an update on the collar/leash training? How does he do with that now? (If he enjoys walking on a leash, he doesn't really need to be picked up very much).

    Can't help you with your other questions--just wanted to wish you best of luck with your future with Harley. Your story just brightened my day. It's nice to know that there are still some really good, selfless people in the world.

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    Re: Dog does NOT want to be held

    Certainly - I try to let him be a dog as much as possible. But sometimes it would be easier if I could handle him more, such as for a vet visit or baths.

    Honestly, I haven't begun collar or leash training with him yet. He's still getting used to being around us. I'm trying to just let him set the pace, so to speak. I'll work on that at some point. We sure have a lot of fun with him though! He's so active and playful! I think that's his nature since he's part Chiuauaha (sp?). He's an absolute hoot! He also loves our other 2 dogs.

    We leave in 2 weeks for vacation and I'm trying to find someone who can come over and feed them and give him his meds while we are gone. I'm pretty stressed about that right now!

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    Re: Dog does NOT want to be held

    Quote Originally Posted by LHARTWICK View Post
    We leave in 2 weeks for vacation and I'm trying to find someone who can come over and feed them and give him his meds while we are gone. I'm pretty stressed about that right now!
    Have you asked the vet? I haven't had to go on vacation yet since we got our dog but I did ask my vet about that. They don't charge near as much as a kennel and the vet could give the meds quite easily. Just a thought.

    Val

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