I have a BT due in for a swim soon who is a rescue and has given up, seems depressed. Not seen the dog yet so don’t know how bad apprantly teased poss ‘bullied’ by prev owners children. Don’t even know how long been in new home for. Just trying to get others experiences. Am thinking not typical for a BT to give up tho not had much dealing with this breed so must have been through a lot. Obv swimming will be done at his pace and hopefully teach him its fun to get toys (I don’t think he plays with toys as prev had balls kicked at him) Any advice please
I had a foster like that, took time and patience once she learnt I wasnt there to do anything bad to her, she came out of her shell and is now brilliant so happy and has a great life with her new owners
Any witchywoo stuff? I have in my head a sniff of yarrow? will have to dig out uni notes We had a cocker who was down in the dumps and got his mojo back after swimming but his mum was ermm how shall i say abit up and down ;D
Izz would ignore the bad reward the good also apply in this case if he has learnt helplessness a case of trying to create some good to reward and as you say patience owner building up trust. He is in tomorrow.
Well i dont think this little dog has given up, but he has has some previous bad experiences and poor thing he cant even walk past a child without freaking out, he did well swimming and we got a little ever so slight wag of his tail 🙂
He needs lots of positive experiences, then with kiddies at a distance and slowly brea the distance down until the kids can be near enough to reward him themselves, but it would need to be kids the owners can trust.