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Old 07-25-2019, 03:09 PM
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Question Help with my rescue dog

Hi guys! I recently just found a young dog on my way to work one morning and now he is very attached to me, already. He's a jack russell terrier mix and they suspect he is not even a year old yet. We also think he has been abused. He is scared of his own shadow, but he is very sweet and such a good dog! He doesn't chew on anything, house trained, relatively calm, great manners, and very friendly once he warms up to you.

My question is, how do I get him comfortable playing with toys and to feel safe around my roommate? He will kick things around and play with him, but he will not put anything in his mouth. I'm not sure if he thinks he's going to get in trouble or what. I want him to feel comfortable playing with toys because I'm a young college student and while I have classes during the day I want him to be able to play with his toys if he wants to. My roommate likes him a lot and has never been mean to him, but he will shy away from her and cower if she gets close to him. She is currently trying to "ignore him" and let him come up to greet her, so I will keep you updated if that works or not. I just wondered if anyone else had any ideas on what to do.

Thanks! (Also I'm a first time dog mom, but have tons of experience with them as I grew up with them my whole life, but if anyone has any other tips or suggestions on anything else, please feel free to let me know )
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Old 07-27-2019, 08:26 AM
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Dogs like this just need time and a predictable routine. Lots and lots of time. It sounds like you are doing everything right.

for toys. Well some dogs just don't play with toys. Mine doesn't really unless it is one of his food puzzles. He loves those. I put some treats in them before I head off for work and he can play with them throughout the day while I am at work.

JRTs are really smart dogs so this sort of toy might appeal to yours.

For your roommate. Find a high value treat that your dog loves and have your roommate be the only person who gives them to him for a time. Being sure to give sparingly and preferably as rewards for good things like maybe see if he will willingly touch your roommate instead of the roommate being the one to try to initiate touch.

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Old 07-27-2019, 08:19 PM
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two things to suggest.

1) fear and aggression are two sides of the same coin in dogs. If your dog is afraid of your roommate then you need to take that seriously so the dog doesn't bite her. One thing that might help is if your roommate walks the dog on a regular basis and ALONE. The walk is the key and your dog will probably fall in love with whoever walks him.

2) As for playing with toys, I wouldn't give this too much thought. Try "pull" games. A dog's instinct is to hold on and pull if you are pulling back. That might help.
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