I adopted an approx. 3 year old chihuahua from an animal shelter in my area. They had no prior history or background on him. He's been neutered, but has fairly bad teeth - probably going to need a dental cleaning and a few extractions.
We've had him since the beginning of February, and he's improved so much.
He was a giant jerk in the kennels, he growled, he bit, he barked constantly, he freaked at every other dog he saw. He came home after he was fixed and he was a different dog. Nervous and tense sometimes but he started to play, he came to his name, he climbed on our laps and was happy to be pet. Still growled and showed teeth if he felt cornered but we understood that. Pretty sure in his past life he was abused - If we ever tell him 'no' Or 'Bad' he gets very nervous. If we approach him and bend down to pet him he cowers and pees.
Over time he's gotten much better. Never shows his teeth, only rarely growls at the cats and even snuggles our big dog. He has great recall outside. He's still so nervous though.
If I pet him and he didn't see me coming he yelps and runs away. He's so happy to come up on your lap and snuggle, but sometimes he comes to you and still ends up fear peeing all over your lap once you start petting him. If he's laying on the couch beside me and I pet him, sometimes he's super happy, sometimes he pees all over it. And if you tell him gently 'down' Or 'off the couch' he gets super scared and acts like you've screamed at him.
I know he'll likely improve with time, as he realizes he isn't going to be hit or physically disciplined, but is there anything we can do to help things along? It's tiring always cleaning puddles of pee out of the carpet, and he's so happy when he does get snuggles and affection - but you never know when you can give it without him peeing on everything.
Thanks for any advice
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