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We adopted a 6 yr old shih Tzu/beagle mix from a rescue

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We adopted a 6...

We adopted a 6 yr old shih Tzu/beagle mix from a rescue center. They said she came from a hoarding house, not abused to their knowledge. She let us pet and walk her on a leash at the center and loved on the caretaker there. Once we got her home, it's been a month, she will not let anyone touch her. She takes treats from an open hand and always mwnats to be right near you. But no contact. Any suggestions?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?

No wounds that we know of or that she displays actions of, but we can't touch her t confirm.

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name and age?

Missy 6 yrs old

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Missy?

No she had a clean bill of health when adopted.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Linda, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Hello, this is Dr. Linda. I hope I can help with your concerns today.

I can tell you from personal experience this will take time. Missy may not have been abused, but she did not come from a loving home.

Last year, my husband & I adopted one of the dogs brought to the US from S. Korea. These dogs were to be used for human consumption & because of the changing attitude among the young in S. Korea, this is not considered OK anymore. I do not know how my dog was treated, but he was the most untrusting dog I have ever seen ( & he was one of the better ones ). For the first 3 months or so, he had to wear a leash in the house so that we could step on it as he zoomed past us. Soon, he began to accept food from my hand, sit when asked & waited to be picked up. Then one day, he jumped up on the couch to sit next to my husband.

He is not perfect, but his trust just seems to get better every day. So have patience. Give Missy as much time as she needs. Most dogs want to belong & be a part of the family. She will get there.

I hope this makes sense. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.

Thank you.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Very willing to wait as she seems to want to be with us, but we can not even get a leash on her, any suggestions on that? She is very fast and panics if she thinks she is being cornered.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Linda, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

You may just need to box her into a corner & slip a leash on her. With our guy, we were feeding him in a crate until we could trust him in the house & just snagged him that way. The panic will be short-lived, but she needs some control so you can begin to work with her & handle her. It is no different than working with a wild animal, initial restraint is crucial.

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