06-19-2013, 08:50 AM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
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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.