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I acquired my Sheltie from a dog store in the GTA (Toronto). After getting it I realized by its actions it was a puppy mill dog, abused, with even it's rear end being weak. It was scared of everyone and everything. I tried to get it on a regular collar but wanted nothing to do with that. To bring him out of his shell and do some socialization, that he never had, enrolled him in pet care at Ajax Ontario two times a week to play with other dogs and puppies. After 3 months I gained its confidence that he knew there was no more abuse coming his way and was able to get a prong collar on him by distracting him with food as I put the collar on. Did this for a week 2 times a day. Then after a week attached the lead and praised him when he took 1 step towards me as I gently put pressure on the lead letting off the pressure as soon as he moved. Over the next few days repeated the exercise and then he knew what was expected of him. Expanded it to walking in the apartment corridor of which he was terrified but he is ok now. With this confidence he had gained in walking with the prong collar today walked him around the block and he was hesitant at strange noises but overall was great. This was my goal to have him walking and took 4 months of patience and persistence. I am happy that I can go walks with him now. He was what I would define as a "rescue".