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We just adopted a 3 year-old miniature poodle from rescue, and she is very fearful. We have already been through training rescued poodles in the past, so, luckily, we are up to the challenge. However, this little gal runs away when anyone approaches her. I am trying to crate train / house train her, but that's hard when I can't catch her to put her in the crate! I am keeping her on a leash when indoors (after I catch her), which is how we house trained our other poodle, but she hangs back, and I don't want to drag her around the house! I also don't want to chase her when I need her, because I don't think that will help her to trust me...

I tried searching to find other threads, but I wasn't sure what to call my problem. "Running away" brings up a lot of info on dogs who run away from home/owner when outside or the door is opened, etc.

Any advice would be appreciated!
 

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Unfortunately, she won't take anything from my hand at all - under no circumstances, it seems...

The bizarre thing is that when I catch her, she sits quietly with me or whomever else is holding her - she even sleeps on my son's lap - but she won't stop running away from us! When we are petting our other poodle, she pushes in to get her share, but when we attempt to pet her, she runs away! Thank goodness she follows my other poodle around obsessively, or else we would never see her!

I can't imagine what was done to this poor little girl!
 

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Three weeks on, and she still runs when anyone approaches. She will take food from my hand, but when I approach her or try to pet her, she runs. She jumps and plays with my standard poodle, and, if you pet the standard, she comes and jumps around, trying to nip your petting hand, as if she wants attention. However, when you reach your hand out, she runs. If you can catch her, she will sit on your lap for hours without any problem - no growling or nipping, and she will even fall asleep on your lap! However, the second you put her down, she takes off. She is fearful of coming too close to anyone when walking, passing through doorways, etc.

I am stumped! My standard was a rescue, coming from a puppy mill, so I have experience with traumatized dogs, but it is hard to socialize or train a dog who won't come or stay near me, and who I can only handle if I run after and catch her (which I recognize only scares her).
 
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