Thread: NEW/OLD dog
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Old September 8th, 2004, 11:28 AM
Lucky Rescue Lucky Rescue is offline
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First of all, thank you for adopting an older dog!!

Has she gone out alone in your yard since you got her? Could something out there have scared her? Has she had a complete checkup at the vet?

Will she go in the yard on a leash with you? Put her leash on, and entice her out with a happy voice - "Let's GO!!" and if she takes a step outside, praise and give her a treat. Never force her to go out - just try and encourage her. Never comfort her when she acts afraid, as she will see that as praise for acting that way. Does she like toys or balls? Try throwing one outside for her.

Yes, she could very well have been abused by a man in the past. If you have a man living in the house or coming to visit, have them completely ignore her, and give them treats to toss her, still without looking at her. Hopefully she will learn that they are not a threat. Never let a man approach her - let her go to them.
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