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How do you do it?

There is a pup at the shelter (daddy was a BC, mom is a husky/lab) who is absolutely beautiful, and you can automatically tell that he has the potential to turn into a wonderful dog when he grows up. The problem is that he's had very little human contact; him and his mother were tied out in the guys yard, and the only time that he messed with them was to feed and water them. :( I actually tried to steal this pup in the middle of the night in the freezing temps of December (Call me a criminal, but you probably would have atLEAST contemplated doing the same.) I'm trying to convince my parents to let me foster him for a few weeks, because of his potential. Plus my cousin might take him (their 12 y/o chow mix passed last month.)

Is there anyone who can give me advice on the best way to make this scaredy-dog not so scared? Pwease? I'm desperate.

Oh, I should mention that the pup has never shown aggression: he'll let you do anything to him. I brushed him, then we took him outside to take a few pics of him. He pretty much just sits there and watches you, unless there're other dogs there. He perked(sp) up when my Callie was with him. But when she wasn't there... he peed on himself. :(
 

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Well, I hope that this dog is as food motivated as my Marge was, because that's what got me through the darkest days of her rehabilitation. And, for a fearful dog, I don't think rehabilitation ever really ends.

The most important things to remember are
1) Take it one step at a time, at whatever pace the dog feels comfortable at
2) Recognize the dogs' thresholds; what is it that makes him exhibit a fearful response? Work on slowly desensitizing him to whatever that may be.

It really takes a lot of love, patience and understanding from the human's part. You can't force friendliness. Though, if the dog is comfortable enough, hand feeding is an awesome tactic.

I highly recommend the Fearful Dogs Blog - http://fearfuldogs.wordpress.com and related Yahoo Group, Shy K9s.
 
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