Feral dog step 2?
March 20, 2014 7:16 AM Subscribe
We adopted a five or six month old dog that was born into a feral colony and rescued at 3 months old. He lived in a shelter office for several months and seems past the first stages of acclimating to people, but he's still terrified of us.
posted by amandabee to Pets & Animals (21 answers total)
I read a great deal about the basics of socializing feral puppies -- but it seems like we're past that. He'll sniff at us and eat food out of our hands, but he doesn't like eye contact and mostly wants to stay in his crate. He definitely recoils from petting.
He is not leash trained yet, but is great about using Wee Wee Pads (I was doubtful, but thank god for wee wee pads). We got good guidance about leash training but I'm feeling like we need more advice about how aggressively we should be socializing him.
I mostly work from home so I spend a lot of the day clacking away on my computer in his vicinity. He does come over and sniff me.
He's only been in our home for three days. He's willing to wander around if we aren't looking but if we look at him he goes back to his crate. We'd been locking him out of the crate and I'm wondering if that wasn't a bad idea -- now he's afraid to leave it because it might be locked when he comes back.
He drinks water but isn't really eating much (though he's made a decent bowel movement every day). We've been insisting that he eat out of our hands, at the advice of a trainer, but I'm wondering whether there's a point where he's so starved that we should just give in and feed him?
I realize that asking for "any old advice" is probably doing it wrong, but I'm still wondering if the MeFi hive mind has suggestions for us.