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I recently got a puppy from a random on kijiji .. they told us when we got her that she was a still birth, but they massaged her chest and she started to breath :)

The problem is we have had her for 2 months and she is not catching on to anything.
She is not getting potty training or picking up on any commands.

Is it possible for dogs to suffer from mental illness from oxygen deprivation?

She is a 6 month old Pomeranian papillion mix .. Cutest little girl I've ever seen but dumb!!
 

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Hello,
Did they say how long she was without oxygen? My sisters Pomeranian suffered a fall from the top of the stairs and we didn't expect her to make it, she's pulled through but she wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed. However she was the sweetest dog and we just had to work with her more. Unless like always having a new puppy.

Hope all works out.

Cicely
 

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It could be possible, but I don't know too much into it. Does she have any other "quirks" that make you believe that she could be suffering from mental illness? If not, it could be she's just darn slow. Dogs, like people, learn at different rates. And like people, different dogs learn differently. If what you're doing isn't working and it's been that long without the slightest hint of progress, I would say try a different approach. Do you mind describing in what way she's not getting potty training and commands? And how are you trying to teach her potty and commands?
 

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Also consider that it might be your dog training skills that are lacking, it might not just be that the dog is dumb.

Not criticising, it's just some people are a little clumsy in their training mechanics, or they do one thing in training, and then something else the rest of the time, so the dog is simply confused.
 

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I admit that my training skill are slim to nothing .. we have been doing positive treat training .. pee outside get a treat (go outside with her like every 40 mins to an hour) .. We have been doing a very strict routine with her to prevent confusion
Also consider that it might be your dog training skills that are lacking
She is the sweetest girl in the world .. but you talk to her sometimes and its like she is looking right through you!
 

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Have you had her to the vet? There could be other signs of trouble that wouldn't show up without an exam. I don't intend to worry you, but I'm hoping her overall health is a priority as well.
 

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She is the sweetest girl in the world .. but you talk to her sometimes and its like she is looking right through you!
That's not exactly abnormal for a dog, particularly a puppy.

I would have her fully checked out by a vet. Make sure she doesn't have a UTI or parasites or any problem that could be causing her pain or discomfort. It's awfully hard to learn if you are in pain or just feel sick.

Then I would get a positive trainer in to help you. It's possible that you just aren't training correctly and a trainer could help you with that. Maybe she is stupid or brain damaged, and if you add that to poor training, you can't expect much.

My dog, Kabota, seemed really stupid for about 3 months after I got him. He was just very stressed out from all the changes in his life and once he calmed down and settled in, he started doing much better with training. So hang in there, get some professional help and have patience.
 

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My dog BUtters couldn't learn sit for like more than 6 months lol! Now she knows it really well, and even knows how to go to bed!! Sometimes the learning curve is a bit slow, but just keep educating yourself on how to properly train a dog, and make sure your training is very short, and frequent throughout the day. At this age, you really just need to focus on bite inhibition, socialization, learning how to sit, come, and stay. I would just focus on those basic ones before moving into tricks and other obedience commands.
 
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