First I want to apologize for this being lengthy but I want you to get the whole picture. I have many questions and I know from reading a few posts that you guys definitely know what you're talking about.
I recently adopted a 10 month old golden from what I thought was one of my fathers friends, in turn found out that it was just someone he barely knew. They had a litter in February. Told me when they were old enough to be weaned from mom-some things had happened and they didn't have time to find them a home. They kept one pup, the two females found homes and it was just the two brothers looking for a good home. When I went to these peoples house-the boys were kept in a heated garage. I didn't notice any smells or anything. They looked clean. The house was a new farm house. The boys were playing with the teenaged kids and a tennis ball. I watch them play and Oliver came up to me first. He was easily distracted by the ball but still seemed interested me in. Which was good, he was the cutest. He has more of a soft teddy bear face where his brother had the more sophisticated face. I put his collar and leash on and down he went. Wouldn't move. Just laid there. The father said he'd carry him out to my truck. Red flags yes. Dumb me. I've read and should have known better.
They won't answer my calls, or return my texts. I got to ask a few questions in the beginning and now nothing.
He still is scared to death by the leash. I let him pull it around but as soon as I touch it he lays down. I don't see any progress and it's been a week. He's very skittish. Even the sound of shutting the fridge door has him running to the other room. When I take him out to potty he lays down if on the leash. Wouldn't even budge for yummy treats like chicken breast.
I have him on Blue Buffalo dog food-he has diarrhea. I asked them what they had him on so I could mix and they said Old Roy
. What would you suggest? I took him to the vet-got his shots that they didn't get, stool is clear of parasites. Took him the day after I got him.
My husband brought his boxer over and they seem to play together well as they are both just big puppies but when Brutus isn't here-Oliver goes back into his self.
He also doesn't seem to know his name. Which I realize it's only been a week but I call his name fun and happy, treat, and nothing.
Professional training with a trainer is out of the question for the next month as the classes are full and I think my husband would ring my neck if I were to shell out the cash that local personal trainers are asking.
I realize I got him without seeing the red flags at first. Hindsight is always 20/20. I know he can be a wonderful dog but how do you suggest I get him there?