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Shock collar in previous home?

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Hi folks! I got some good feedback on another thread here, so I hope you don't mind if I ask another question. The second of many I'm sure.

I took my new 2 year old hound mix to the vet yesterday and as we were standing in the little grassy area outside the vet's office with one of the technicians my dog was crouching down and inching forward to kind of test the boundaries where the grassy area met the sidewalk. He did that on a couple of sides and the vet tech seems to think he must have had some kind of electric fencing in his previous home that gave him a shock or something when he tried to leave the yard.

He did something similar when we first brought him home. Belly crawling between each room as he explored the house. I had no idea what that indicated at the time, just thought it was some sort of submissive behavior, and maybe it is. I have no way of knowing for sure. I've also never heard the dog bark and I'm wondering now if that is why.

I'm just curious if this is something I should take into consideration as he's settling in and adjusting to his new home? Is there anything I need to do differently knowing that he might have had that experience?
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It is unlikely this behavior is associated with a e collar stimulus fence. The behavior described is most assuredly uncertainty and is more likely the result of insufficient environmental socialization or simply genetic based fear of new things and new places or a wide combination of the two. It could also be associated with his eyesight. The last bit would require an eye exam by a veterinary ophthalmology specialist.

However, before jumping to the last (expensive) exam I first suggest you give the dog TIME. How new to you is he (when you say new?). It can take a dog 6 months to acclimate to a new place, new people and so forth. Fortunately most do not take that long, but some can. Usually the first three days the dog is settling in to the new rules, new routine, new people new food. Dog's live in the moment and if the dog is not genetically confident OR drivey OR both then their need to adjust is more obvious.

Be kind. Do not make a fuss over the behavior. Simply act like it is nothing and let the dog adjust. Do not shout and argue with others in the house or on the phone with the dog present.. just keep everything calm and low key and very matter of fact.

Please come back in two weeks and let us know how it is going!
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