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Old 06-19-2013, 08:06 AM
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puppy is very shy

it has already been 5 days since I bought Mugsy, my 4 month old french bulldog... whenever he sees me he tries to hide and wont come near me....he's very shy around people but not around other dogs...i tried playing with him and not forcing him to come to me...this is the first time i have encountered a dog that wont even come when called...i even tried bribing him treats but it still doesnt work....all of our dogs have adjusted well just after a day but with mugsy its a different case.... any suggestions on how i can help him come out of his shell?
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:26 AM
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Get right on the floor with him and involve yourself in his environment. Give him time to come to you. He's very young and our pup was a bit off with us on day 1 but he's very outgoing so he quickly changed his tune (now i can't get him off me!)
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Take the pressure off of him completely. Don't call him or coax him or stare directly at him or reach for him or stoop over him. Just drop treats for him and walk away. Don't feed him in a bowl. Use his daily ration as treats instead. Drop a kibble and turn your back and walk away. Be slow with your body and quiet with your voice. Drop and walk away. Repeat, repeat repeat. Eventually he will be following you. This may take minutes, hours or days, depending on how shy he is. You must let him come around at his own pace.

As he gains confidence and trust, you can stop walking away, but keep your body sideways to him. Then at last you can sit on the floor and gently toss treats to him closer and closer. At some point he will be eating from your hand. Don't rush him. Once he gets to that place, now he is ready to learn to "come" as a cue for a reward. Do not "command him" as a commanding voice will be intimidating and will drive him away from you.

With a dog like this, you must never, ever scold him. Teach him what you want him to do and reward him. Teach him behaviors you can ask for when he is doing something you don't want him to do, so you can distract him with the behavior you like. For example when he is ready you can teach "sit" then you can ask for "sit" when he is barking or jumping, and reward the sit. That way you avoid having to scold him for misbehaving.

Hope that gets you started.
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What is the pup's background? Where did you get him? Where did he spend his first 4 months? Those answers might reveal some of why he is so timid. He may not have been exposed to much of the world yet. Right now you want to limit the amount of input he has into his brain as he is likely overwhelmed, so keep his world small: the small room, trips outside for potty and that's it. Don't let him run all over the garden or house. Do not invite lots of people over to play with him. Give him some time to adjust first.

Make sure he has a safe place as a home base, such as a crate or a small room with a bed. Don't let him loose in the house yet. He needs to be house trained and you don't want him to practice potty in odd places in the house.

Read this house training sticky note and start that process right away. Get him on a schedule so he knows what is next. He will do much better that way.
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i got the puppy from a local breeder and he spent his four months with his siblings. when i saw him he was very active and lively that's why i picked him. then once here at home he began to be very shy and timid.

regarding potty training, he already knows where to poop and pee. i bought a wee pad for him and he instantly knew what to do, which was a surprise since he wasn't trained by the breeder and i did not start training him yet.

thank you for the tips, i'll try them and will keep you posted with his progress.
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Well if he comes from a reputable breeder and seemed happy and spunky there, things should work out all right. Hopefully he is just shy of the new surrounding and does not actually have some emotional baggage. You can always call up the breeder and ask how the pup behaved before you got him and see if there are any indicators that the pup was already shy.

Like the advice above, just take it slow and make things fun in a gentle way. Avoiding staring at him and keeping the body sideways is great advice, really seems to work with the shy ones-- like mine!! Also if you are still concerned after a few weeks you may want to keep on with the hand feeding of meals instead of using a dish for food. Just helps build the bond and makes you the source of all nourishment. Worked like a charm for my shy girl.

Post a picture of Mugsy! Great name by the way, love it!
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