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Extremely fearful new dog

Posted by:  Megan Desha
Category:   Behavior Problems
Posted on:  November 07, 2001 at 10:51:57

Question:

My husband and I just adopted a Jack Russell from another family. We already have a shy lab mix dog and a non-agressive cat. When we got the dog home, he ran around sniffiing everything, and scared of everything. I expected that. Then we let him outside (it's a fenced yard) to go do his business and he wouldn't come back. He won't let us near him. (He's not being mean, just scared and hiding, etc). It's been 3 days and he's finally been able to manage to get within 5 feet of us, (using food to inch him closer), but only if we don't try to move quickly, loudly, or towards him. Any advice? It's getting cold out, and I'd like him to at least come in the house at night...

Thanks!