10-31-2016, 10:45 PM
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Incredibly scared rescue dog - advice?
Hi there - I just got a 9 month old red tick coon hound. He was found chained to a fence with his sister, was moved from Tennessee to NYC, lived in 1 foster home, and is now with me, separated from his sister. He refuses to go outside - we took him out this morning and he just tried to find shelter and run into bushes or just sit down on the sidewalk, pulled super hard on the leash - he was terrified. He's actually been eating well, which his foster parents said he wouldn't do from time to time, but after that walk this morning I tried to take him off the couch again to even bring him to the bedroom or outside and he clawed into the couch and tried to run from my grip he was so scared.
I just feel so bad - everything I am reading says to give him his space, not push anything, and also not baby him (as that rewards the fear), but he only went poop this morning and barely went pee, and now he hasn't gone since then. I'm sure he needs to go, but I don't want to traumatize him too much?! Please help, I feel so bad and sort of lost and I just want to make sure I am doing everything right! Also, I just got him last night so today was my first day.