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Old 06-19-2019, 01:39 PM
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Rescue Dog Very Skittish, lies down when leashed.

We acquired the dog 3 days ago. He is ~13 month old black & tan coonhound. He was born and has lived outside his entire life and is somewhat wild. In his previous environment, he had miles of woods in every direction, was never collared, leashed, or confined, and had other dogs to run with. And they love to hunt, not that they were hungry, they just like it. His mother would catch rabbits and bring to the pups when he was growing up. So he knows all about hunting for yummy game.

As you can imagine, he is extremely stressed after being transported 200 miles to a suburban home, with no other dogs. He appears to be in good health, and not malnourished. He does need his shots, and a good Vet check out. But I am reluctant to take him at this time, and further traumatize him.

The biggest difficulty at this time is, he will lie down when leashed, and refuse to be led. And he is one of the most skittish animals I have ever seen. Although he does seem to like us. I would like very much to be able to take him to his run-line, and various other parts of the yard. At the moment, he is staying in the garage on a 10ft lead anchored to the door track. He can go out to the grass to do his buisness.

I am seeking advice on how to proceed in the safest, most efficent mannor. I have never delt with a dog quite like this, and wish to avoid any training errors.
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What a difference a day makes. He is beginning to get over his inital fear, and panic. I think he is going to be OK. It appears he is more civilized and people orientented than I expected.

His trust in me is developing rapidly. When I tell him something is OK he believes it. We worked on the "come" command, and hand signal. He did quite well. I also introduced him to high value treats, and he clearly noticed the difference. My thanks to this forum for clarifying the use of high value treats.

Over the next few days I will begin slowly introducing the leash to him. Hopefully I can find a way to make it a game for him. Once we get past that, I think he will have no problem with basic obidence training. Actually he seems to be pretty smart, but I can't tell for sure yet.
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:39 PM
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Hi Brian,

Welcome to the Dog Forum, and congratulations on adopting your new friend! I think it's just going to take a great deal of time and patience for him to settle down and feel completely comfortable in his new environment. I would suggest keeping everything as low key as possible for now. It's going to take a few more days for his stress level to lesson.

This is a helpful article in getting a sense of how long it will take for your new dog to adapt to your home.

https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/th...fuse-a-new-dog
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Things are progressing well. Migrating to "Beasleys Progress" Journal. He is a very smart, low key (lazy hound?), and a bit stubborn.
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