I didn't hear the full story of how he got there. As far as training, they brought him to their very large home, and with all of the space, he didn't know what to do with himself. He would cower in one spot of the house then just bolt to the other side, and repeat.... apparently he also began destroying things. He is here being evaluated and worked with to see if his issues can be worked through ie can he get enough positive experiences to work through the fear or will he live the rest of his life being afraid of everything.
Well, the answer is yes, I'm still able to cry.
I had begun to wonder, over seeing so much of this crap.
Thank you for connecting with him, and I'm glad he is going to be worked with.
I'm not sure how many you've seen like this, but they can come back, if they have a fairly good temperament under all the institutionalization (which is what this is, along with neglect and lack of socialization).
My Mina, the little AHT, was like this. Her muscles literally stayed in spasm, she was so paralyzed with fear, would cower, pancake, crouch, unable to move. If you picked her up to move her, she was catatonic instantly.
If you can get this boy's owners to get Turid Rugaas' book on Calming Signals--that will help them de-stress him when they interact.
Are these trainers experienced and talented with dogs like this? You said you felt good about him being there, so that sounds hopeful.
It takes so much time, and patience, and I will say that, even when you think with time that they have come as far as you think they can...they will surprise you and come out of their shell even more.
It's been nearly two years with Mina, and she is just a different dog, can do so many things joyfully that I hoped for her, but was afraid to dream for her--BUT she is lately surprising me even more, opening up and blooming in yet new ways.
I hope his new owners will give him time and patience and love, although it's indeed unfortunate the crap greeder was rewarded so handsomely for abusing this sweet boy.
On a similar note, about the kennel-bound/institutionalized stuff--I got a TWH gelding years ago who was from a show barn. They keep the lights out, or very dim, in these barns, so that the horses will have "big eyes" and "be animated" when they go into the ring with all the lights. The horses are never allowed out of their stalls except to be ridden back and forth back and forth and round and round in the aisle or indoor ring.
This poor gelding levitated
the first time I put him on grass. If you've never been on the other end of a lead rope when a 1200 pound animals panics and goes airborne, well, I can't say I recommend it as a calming experience
He came back from it, though, and ended up being a fabulous trail horse, who would go over or thru anything, alone, no need for other horses even.
This sweet Doberboy is young--he will likely be fine, and I will send vibes for him that he learns joy in this world of new freedom.
I'm confused at the question. The person 'responsible' for the dog's state is a back yard breeder here locally. The back yard breeder owns some kimbertal dogs that she is obviously breeding. It is apparent that the dog has lived in a kennel its entire life. Not sure if it "puppy mill" status, but certainly a byb.
I still say Kimbertal, bad as it is in and of itself, does more harm in this world by all the many bybs it spawns.