Hello everyone! I want to introduce Gus, who I snagged from a family in the mountains of SW Virginia Friday night because he was "too timid" and didn't get along well with their children. He was outside in a kennel and didn't seem to have spent much time indoors. I am not sure that he is a purebred, I only know what the family told me he was and they told me he was 10 weeks old. I know how the community feels about backyard breeders (this was not one of those) but hopefully you guys can look past the fact that I did not get this pup from a breeder but from a terrible family situation. Here is Gus on night 1 right when we got home:
He was super timid and super shaky at the beginning, but eventually settled down and fell asleep. He wouldn't eat a bite of food and only begrudgingly would take a slurp or 2 of water. He was terribly skinny with a huge pot belly. I scheduled an emergency visit with the vet for the next morning.
Gus is not very happy about being at the vet, but he eventually settled down.
The vet said he was anemic, malnourished, and dehydrated to the point where they had to give him fluids under his skin. He also had an extreme worm infestation. He weighed in at 14 lbs.
Over the past 3 days he has really started to come out of his shell, although he's still unsure about certain things (like evil potted plants) and will avoid them like the plague, he has stopped cowering when he meets new people and will actively approach them if they talk to him. He has started to put on a little more weight and lose his belly a little bit, and looks better and gets stronger every day.
We are working through the socialization checklist posted in a sticky on this thread. We are trying to move fairly quickly because of the closing socialization window while still making sure not to get overwhelmed and create negative experiences.
Here are my questions to start off, hopefully someone will be able to help:
Are there any additional steps I need to take in order to assure proper socialization due to his rocky start, or will he still be able to be socialized like a normal puppy?
Also, this is the first time I have had a dog and a cat concurrently, Gus treats her with a kind of mild neglect. Is this an acceptable way to interact or should I push further interaction between the two of them?