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Will lots of love and attention solve this?

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I just brought home a newly neutered, 55-pound 1.5 year old Afghan-hound mix. When he's out in the open living room, he barely knows what to do with himself. He turns in circles or else glues himself to my side. He only lays down for some much needed sleep after neutering when he's in his crate. He probably spent most of his life in a cage.

When outside, everything scares him: cars, the train overhead (we live in a densely urban part of Chicago)... understandably so. He came from a shelter in the south and likely was some kind of farm or suburban dog before that.

Will lots of love and attention build his confidence? What else can I do? My heart is absolutely breaking when I see that he doesn't even know how to handle having a little free space. He's already piddled on the floor either because it's a submissive gesture (or maybe he had to go really bad -- he was WAY too scared to potty outside with all the noise).

I already love my big buddy and I just want him to feel happy and safe. Any advice is appreciated.
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Sighthounds have been known to be very sensitive dogs...sounds, movement etc.

If he just came to you I would recommend waiting a bit to see if he settles and to just remain as calm as you can around him, no coddling, just let him get his senses around where he is, who you are and why he's there.

You may want to check out the the website www.fearfuldogs.com for information on how to desensitize your new boy to his new environment. It takes time and patience and lots of counterconditioning to adapt. Thank you for rescuing. Do the research and then start the work, it will not be a quick road for you and him but he CAN learn to manage.
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