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Old 12-09-2012, 09:55 PM
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Hi there,

Today we rescued our first dog. He is 5 months old. We had to drive close to 10 hours (one way) to get him from where he was at. His name is Milo (I love his name ).

I am so sad for him.. He is soooo skinny you can see his ribs. He does not know his name or any command, not even "sit". He smelled like pee before his bath. Does not walk on a leash, jumps at you 24/7 while biting. He has had no training.

I didnt know all of that before rescuing him-all I knew was that they live in a VERY cold city (where it snows tons and where it's already close to -20 degrees Celsius) and he would be let out in their backyard around 5am and would stay there all day until 8 or 9pm to eat and go to bed. I felt bad for him and we decided to help him.

I am so glad I did now that I know all he went through.. poor thing...

But I need some advice. Yes I have trained Elle very well since she was a puppy, but he is a wild one. When I was feeding him tonight, as he was eating, he ran and tried to steal the bag of food, thats how starved he is. I am trying to crate trained him (oh and he is not housebroken either-probably why he smelled like pee)..

Any advice is welcome- Ive never had to deal with anything like that, so anything helps.

Also, as of right now, we can't keep him as we already have Elle, so if anyone is looking for a new beautiful golden around BC or WA, then that'd be awesome. He is a very handsome golden on the darker side. I tried to take some pics, but he will not sit still for a second

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Thank you for rescuing him. I would think a skinny young dog would not last long in -20 weather. The only thing I can suggest, is that you feed him in his crate. That way both he and his food are safe. I always feed my new fosters in their crate for the first little while, it prevents my resident dog from going after their food and vice versa. I also think it helps them like their crate. I also put a sleeping bag or similar weight cover over a wire/steel crate to help it feel more den like.

Good lucky with him, and thank you again
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Thank you for rescuing him. I would think a skinny young dog would not last long in -20 weather. The only thing I can suggest, is that you feed him in his crate. That way both he and his food are safe. I always feed my new fosters in their crate for the first little while, it prevents my resident dog from going after their food and vice versa. I also think it helps them like their crate. I also put a sleeping bag or similar weight cover over a wire/steel crate to help it feel more den like.

Good lucky with him, and thank you again
Thank you for the advice. thats helps a lot Thank you
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:10 PM
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Start from the beginning, just like you would a new puppy. He will pick up things a lot faster because he is older. Just a lot of TLC will work wonders. THANK YOU for saving him!!!!!!!
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thank you for rescuing!!! he sure does sound like a handful. I know he appreciates what you have done for him.

i think you need to approach him with a different outlook then a new puppy. Think of him as a foreign houseguest where you dont share the same customs, culture or language! You need to show him what you want You need to show him what is good and what is bad.

Training is key! Since he is very much food orientated this will help. I would recommend enrolling him in a training program where he can be around other dogs and get to teach him manners and obedience.

Excerise! Make him a tired puppy. Im sure having a playmate helps.

it will take time but he will be worth it in the end
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Bless your heart for rescuing him! He needs some time to settle in. The first few days are so tough on rehomed/rescued dogs. He is likely wondering what the heck his doing in the house and with someone who actually cares about him. Keep your interactions with him calm and 'low profile' crouch or sit down and let him come to you, offer a treat or two when he does. Hand feed him his meals (or at least part of them) for a few days, it will help to build some trust, and friendship, feed the remainder in the crate.
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Bless you<:

Get through the week and see from there.
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Oops it's sideways.. Lol.. I'm posting from my phone, so I'm not sure how to turn it the right way
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He's beautiful!! So happy you rescued him!!
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