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Helping an Abused Dog

February 21, 2011

Helping an Abused DogThis is our a 2 yr old Lab/mix. She will only eat in her crate laying down. How do I get her to eat standing up and outside of her crate? Right now she is not eating or drinking water. She is an abused dog from Georgia.

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By ria from East Hartford, Ct

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February 22, 20111 found this helpful
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What is this not eating or drinking? Can you hand feed? Offer water? Your new baby is terrified and it will just take some time for her to trust. When she finds she is a family member, not crated or tied or locked up or ignored or beaten she will be the best, most faithful, loving dog. Treats from your hand, praise for potty outside, easy on the scolding should she have an accident inside, peacefulness, warmth, love, touching, good food, build good immune system, borax in the carpets for fleas, no vaccines(see vaclib.org and you will never vaccinate anything), food grade diatomacious earth for intestinal worms, all the good stuff like love and kisses and she will return ten fold good things for the family.

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If she's only eating/drinking in her crate, maybe that's because she feels safe there. I don't have any experience with this (although you're going to get a lot of it in the archives below), but I'd suggest to continue feeding her in her crate for now, but maybe leave a bowl of food & water in a quiet place not real close to people so that she has that option if she wants to try it. Also, maybe while she's in her crate, put a small treat or couple of pieces of dry dog food on the floor just outside the crate until she gets curious & decides to try it,then continue to do this & over a few days move the treat farther & farther away from her crate until she will come out & eat it.

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Right now I think you should just continue to feed her where she feels most secure & give her a calm & loving environment while you try to get her to try the food you leave outside her crate. Poor baby, she's a pretty thing. I hope she comes around & realizes she's left her abuse behind & will only get love from now on!

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February 22, 20110 found this helpful
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I agree with lyonpridej. I think her advice is right on. Also put treats several times a day in the bowl outside the crate so she will get use to eating out of that bowl.

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She will come around slowly. Give her lots of time and you will see patience works

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Aww. she is adorable! Your fur-baby needs to learn to trust you. She was probably only fed in a crate that is why she eats there. Please leave the door open for her and put her food/water outside the crate nearest the opening so she can reach it. Give her lots of loves and speak softly to her to re-assure her. Good luck.

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December 1, 2011

I am currently babysitting a dog that was formally abused by a man. I am a woman and it took her a couple days to get used to me and now after three months she has total trust in me. She continues to growl at my husband and run away from him. I totally understand the dog's situation and know it takes time and patience. Any thoughts to help her accept my husband more?

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It will probably just take time. I'm dealing with a stray kitty that is so afraid of humans. I finally have him where he won't slap at me when I put down his food bowl, but we're a long way from his letting me touch him.

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Maybe if your husband spoke in really low tones, didn't try to touch him...get cuddly on the couch with a blanket and some doggie treats?

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I agree it will take some time. When we first got our Emily she didn't like men either, she was scared to death of my husband. it took a good year and even though she is definitely my dog she loves to play with my husband. And if she gets "mad" at me she goes and sits by him.

She has learned to trust and love him - we have now had her 3 years. I will never understand how people derive pleasure from making animals fear them. It breaks my heart when an animal flinches from my extended hand. Lots of love and kindness slowly fades away the abuses they have endured.

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Good luck and God bless you for your kindness towards her.

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Time & much patience. He just needs to remain calm & unthreatening. Maybe even carry treats in his pocket to entice... gently!

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February 26, 2019

We just rescued a 2 year old miniature Poodle. She seems to be defensive. The previous owners never brushed her hair. She had two years worth of matted hair. The veterinarian had to sedate her so that they could clean her up and shave her. For example: if my husband is holding her she will growl and try to bite me. If I am holding her she will growl and try to bite my husband. But other than that she's pretty well-mannered, she's not food aggressive, she's got good manners, she is pretty trained. She's two years old and we just got her on February 25, 2019.

Anyone have any advice? Please we are desperate.

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She has had trauma in her past. You will have to be gentle with her. No loud voices or sneaking up from behind. In time she should trust you more, although she may always exhibit traces of the behavior she learned during her formative years.

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I would suggest letting her have some space and not picking her up for a while. When you feed her, don't talk or praise, just put the food down, and take it up after about 20 minutes.

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If you take her out, do so in a calm almost bored manner. If she jumps up and wants to sit with you, act bored. If she acts like she wants to be petted, then do so-but once she acts up, get up and walk away from her.

Keep bits of hot dog pieces in the fridge and when she is good, you can give her one in a bored manner.

Let us know how it goes if you do this for a week. She probably needs a safe place to hide, like an open kennel.

Blessings,

Robyn

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June 25, 2017

My dog has been abused by a relative. It happened when I wasn't at home. He kicked my dog when my dog was sleeping. Since then he doesn't bark or howl even when he sees a cat or another dog or when he is playing.

He is so silent. I really want to know how to make him bark again. I want him to be able to defend himself. Please help me.

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June 26, 20170 found this helpful

Your dog needs to trust again. Speak to him in a soft voice. Approach him gently. If he allows you, pet him

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June 26, 20171 found this helpful

Your dog may have more than a trust problem-could the idiot who abused him have caused his current problem? Please take him to your vet ASAP to check on any possible injury to his neck or vocal chords etc.

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February 21, 2011

My husband and I adopted a dog from a woman on Craigslist. She said that she couldn't feed him anymore and that she saved him from abusive drug addicts.

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December 8, 2010

About 2 months ago I had rescued an American Pit Bull Terrier. He has had no human contact, and he's never been shown any love. The most human contact he has gotten was when he was beaten by his previous owner. So if you have any ideas please let me know.

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September 13, 2010

I just got a Golden Retriever from an owner who rescued him from his previous abuser. He is a very well behaved dog and has done absolutely no wrong. My only issue is that he's very timid and shy (not in an aggressive manner).

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July 16, 2010

I have adopted a 4 year old registered male Australian Shepherd. It is obvious that he has been abused.

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June 2, 2010

Kali, my Springer Spaniel, had been abused by her former owner when I brought her home at 9 months. She is afraid of men and will avoid them, but when they turn away she will run up and bite them.

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April 11, 2010

I have a 5 mo. old Chihuahua. I believe he was abused. He won't take treats from me and stays in his little bed all day. What can I do to help him?

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May 28, 2009

I have adopted a 10 month old dog from a lost dogs home. When I am feeding him, if I try and touch him, he growls, etc. Tonight when I fed him, he bit me. Any training tips for this out there? I just want him to know that he will always get his dinner, and that there is no need for him to guard it.

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