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Old 04-08-2013, 02:48 PM
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Just got a three year old rescue beagle from South Carolina. He, Max, was found in the woods of South Carolina stuck in a bear trap and was taken from there to an animal shelter where they have a 100% kill rate. He was rescued by group called Lucky dog rescue who brought him to the Washington, DC area splayed, neutered and micro chipped and sold to me for the cost of the activities that got him to the DC area.

Since we have had him we are having some behavior problems in that he is afraid of humans. Advice would be helpful? He likes to bolt at any chance he gets.
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Keep him on a leash, don't let him outside unsupervised, and don't open a door unless he's on a leash.

He's a new rescue, so he's scared. It'll take him a few weeks to begin to calm down, so in the meantime, just give him lots and lots of treats. Don't use any kind of punishments, don't even say "no". If you need to move him off of furniture, lure him off with a treat. Don't pet him unless he initiates the encounter. Don't expect much of anything right now.

While you're waiting for him to calm down, watch kikopup on youtube to learn clicker training. read dogstardaily.com to learn about dogs in general.

If issues pop up, try not to worry about it too much. Rescues go through some behavioral changes in the first few weeks to a few months. Some things pop up and go away on their own as the dog settles in.

Establish a routine. Routine makes the day predictable and that soothing to a frightened dog.

Oh, and post a picture, beagles are the cutest!
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You are wonderful for rescuing! There is a book called ...Forever Home: A Guide to Rehoming the Rescued Dog, Wild Rose Press that is EXCELLENT! We used it when we adopted our feral little Addy, and yeah...she bolted out the door the first night, took over 12 hours and the ENTIRE community to find her!

This book will show you what to do step by step to gain trust, build bonds, esp. for rescue dogs who have been neglected and are being adopted. etc. all with positive reinforcement!

It might be on Amazon for a discounted copy, SO worth the price.
(And no, I am not part of this company, lol!)
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OMG a bear trap, thats such a shame i hope its ok, hell, anybody would be afraid after getting caught in one of those, lots of treats, lots of cuddles, and find something that he really likes, like his fav squeaky toy, or something, and then introduce him to new places & situations with his squeaky toy. You want to trick his brain into being confident and happy all the time.
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Welcome. Thanks for taking this boy! That is so sad he was caught in a bear trap.

There are some excellent posts noted as "stickies" in the training and behavior sections of this forum. I'd start by reading those and following their links. Also, in the general section of this forum, there is a Recommended Reading sticky--if you google the authors for most of the books (esp those on the first/second pages), a lot of them have great websites with helpful articles.
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Got him last week a few squeaky toys, his foster owners told us that he liked them. Got him something called the Kong Squeak, which is a big red ball that squeaks when he mashes it. My wife got him a long thin blue toy with a head of a dog that squeaks when he mash the head. I have caught him playing with the Kong, has not played with the blue toy yet. That's him in below. Haven't got him to quit peeing on the kitchen floor as yet. I have managed to get him to wag his tail when he sees me enter the room. That's the kong on the right, that I got for him.
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Below is a photo of the dog park that I am thinking of taking him to, its the wrong park and that's the one for the big dogs Max would go to the small dog one.
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Got him last week a few squeaky toys, his foster owners told us that he liked them. Got him something called the Kong Squeak, which is a big red ball that squeaks when he mashes it. My wife got him a long thin blue toy with a head of a dog that squeaks when he mash the head. I have caught him playing with the Kong, has not played with the blue toy yet. That's him in below. Haven't got him to quit peeing on the kitchen floor as yet. I have managed to get him to wag his tail when he sees me enter the room. That's the kong on the right, that I got for him.
max is adorable! keep up the good work, just remember to keep bonding with him, the stronger your bond grows, the less he'll want to escape! i'm sure he knows that in the wild the trees dont hand him treats and toys; whereas you do!

goodluck!
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That's SO true! Our feral little Addison wouldn't come near us for months and months, hid in the backyard...now when we go to the dog park (60 acres) she will go off but keeps coming back to us, licks our hands, gives us a poke in the legs with her nose! If she can do it (believe me, she had had NO human contacts as a young pup) any dog can do it!!!! We thought we would NEVER have her feel comfortable or trust anyone.
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