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Prior Neglected Puppy too Submissive?

July 23rd, 2012, 01:05 PM
I just adopted my second puppy. I originally wasn't going to get another puppy because I just moved, but after seeing the condition in which she was in I couldn't leave her.

She is a 15 week pure bred Australian shepherd . She is 17 pounds already! My friend was going to get a dog so I had went with her to a breeders house. She didn't find a puppy but when I peeked into the crate I saw her huddled into the back corner. Her fur was matted down with urine, she had fleas, and what broke my heart was that she had 1/4" bite marks (huge bloody scabs) around her neck from her siblings.

When I reached down to pick her up she snuggled against me... When I set her down she automatically rolled over onto her back.

Although this is extremely cute and I love how cuddly and loving she is. I am concerned. The puppy I have already is really kind hearted as well so he isn't picking on her/biting her roughly. She will even chase and play with him. I think he is even protective over her.

I'm concerned because the minute I bend down she automatically lays down. I can literally slide her on my wood floor. She wont walk or anything. I have to pick her up to move her anywhere If I have already pet her or if I'm kneeling like I'm about too.

Should I be worried? I already took her to the vet because she was going so limp I originally thought something was wrong with her. (she has a complete clean bill of health).

Is there a way I can help her to her feet(quite literally)?

Also... How big does a puppy that is already 17 pounds at 15 weeks usually get?

July 23rd, 2012, 06:01 PM
What did the vet say about her?

July 24th, 2012, 10:17 AM
To me this does indeed sound like a very submissive puppy. The goal imo, would be to build up the puppy's confidence and I'd think that group obedience training (from a recommended trainer) would be a great thing to try.

I'd be curious to know what other members suggest.
Good luck!

July 24th, 2012, 10:56 AM
I agree Marko major socialization and group puppy class would do wonders. Also try not to pick up the pup and eventually she is going to follow you she obviously was not taught these things by her mom so you are going to have to be the surrogate to her. She need confidence more than anything and you will give it to her by not doing everything for her. She will soon realize when she follows you and gets a treat she is doing something good and it will snowball from there. Time and patience but with that said she is also a puppy and will learn quickly.

July 24th, 2012, 07:28 PM
How long have you had this puppy? It's pretty overwhelming to have to move to a new house. Has she had time to settle in? At least a week?

I wouldn't push her. Try to let her come to you. It's frightening to be picked up by strange people and some dogs never like it so I'd avoid that. Have you read or seen the movie the horse whisperer? Many of those same techniques apply to timid or frightened dogs and cats too. The ones where you avoid eye contact, very threatening that is, and turn your back and wait for them to come to you.

Personally I would not sign up for any classes till she is adjusted to you. One thing at a time. Then classes.