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I just got a 4 month old Doberman pincher she is very fearful and she just sits there and doesn’t wanna move I have to carry her. She won’t eat or drink not even get up to go potty she literally just sits and lays there what should I do to help her.
 

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How long have you had her—did you just get her today? Where did she come from?

If she's brand new to you, she's likely just so stressed that she has shut down, so start by backing off—don't push her to do anything. If you have a pen or crate set up for her, put her there. Put down a food dish and water and give her time to absorb her new place. Sit with her quietly with your back or side to her; don't look directly at her; don't try to pet her or even talk to her. Once she has decided that you are non-threatening she is likely to start to look around and take in the new place.

Even once she gets up, don't respond back to her—let her come up and sniff you if she will—you just stay put. Keep your hands low and reach out to her from below her neck; don't reach out above her head to pet her.

The two week shutdown is recommended for just about any new dog you rescue or try to introduce to your household—for a fearful dog, you may have to take it even more slowly. Here's a little about it:

From Bulldogbreeds.com
Two Week Shutdown
TWO WEEKS - "shut down"
For the first two weeks, (sometimes even longer) a dog takes in the new environment, who is the top person, or animal, who ARE these people!? By pushing a dog too fast, and throwing too much at the dog we look like we are not the leaders, and the dog can feel it MUST defend itself , as the leader is surely no one he has met so far!

We coo, coodle, drag the dog to home to home to person to person, and the dog has NO idea who we are. We correct for things it doesn’t understand, we talk in a new human language using words he does not know.

A key thing to remember is "this is the dating period NOT the honeymoon"
When you first met your "spouse or significant other”, you were on your best behavior, you were not relaxed enough to be all of yourself, were you?
Just think of the things you do physically once you get to KNOW a person,
you wouldn’t run up to a stranger and hug them and squeeze them!
Imagine, if on the first date, this new person, was all over you touching you and having their friends hug you and pat you on the head, and jostle your shoulders, looked in your mouth then he whisked you off to another strangers home and they did the same thing.

Would you think this person normal and SAFE? Wouldn’t you feel invaded and begin to get a bit snarky or defensive yourself? Wouldn’t you think to push these people away for obviously your date is out of their mind, as they aren’t going to save you from these weirdoes!!
Yet we do this very thing to our dogs, and then get upset or worried that they aren’t relaxed and accepting of EVERYTHING instantly!

By shutting down the dog, it gives the dog TIME to see you , meet YOU, hear and take in the new sounds and smells of your home and all the people in it. In the 1st two weeks;
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Crate the dog in a room by itself if possible.(Believe me, dogs are sensory animals, they know more than you think without seeing it).
Leash the dog (so I don’t have to correct it ..you don’t have that right yet!), give it exercise time in the yard on lunge line or in fenced yard..but other than that.. LEASH , (yes..leash in the house too.)
Do no training at all, just fun exercise and maybe throw some toys for fun, leash the dog if you don’t have a fence outside. But DO NOT leave the yard, AT ALL.

No car rides, no other dogs, (unless crated beside them), no pet stores, no WALKS even, nothing but you and household family, your home, your yard. (Unless of course the dog needs to go to the vetinarian)
Believe me dogs can live two weeks without walks. Walks are stressful for there is so much coming at you and your dog! And the dog has no clue who you are yet. The dog may react to something and we start correcting it with the leash and we just installed a VERY STRESSFUL moment to the dog in what should be a fun and learning walk.

TEACH the dog by doing the shut down, that YOU are the one to look to, that you are now here for the dog! He can trust in you and look to you for guidance. Then you can venture out into new situations one at a time, the dog knows he can trust in his new humans and can relax under the fair guidance of his new leaders!

In the house take the dog out only for about 20-30 minute intervals , post excercise/yard times.,and ALWAYS on a leash when in the house or in an unfenced yard. Exercise is important! Running and free time are stress relievers, but don’t set your dog up for failure, make exercise and yard time fun and relaxing and tiring!

Then PUT THE DOG AWAY. let it absorb and think and relax. Ignore crying or barking, just like a new born baby, he must find security when you are not right there, and if you run to him each time he will think barking and crying will get your attention.

I do not introduce resident dogs for these two weeks, they can be side by side in the crates, (not nose to nose for they can feel defensive) . Some dogs will bond instantly with the other dogs if we don’t bond FIRST with the dog, and this can lead to some other issues, as the dog will look to the other dog(s) for guidance and not YOU!

Literally in two weeks you will see a change in the dog and begin to see its honest and true personality. Just like a house guest.. they are well behaved and literally shut down and “polite” themselves these first few weeks, then post this time, they relax and the true personality begins to shine thru.

So, please,, if nothing else for your new dog, give it the time to LEARN YOU as you are learning who they are! This method works on shy dogs, confident dogs, abuse cases, chained dogs that come in, rowdy dogs, all temperaments!
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Hello JJ,

All I can say is wow, I don't know what to say.

Follow Melbrod's lead and give us more info. Where and how did you acquire her?

Does she have a name yet?
 

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What is her background? What are her parents' temperaments like?
 

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I'm confused does he have two fearful dobermans? Because I saw a post from September where he had a fearful 11 mo. old. My suggestion would be find a trainer, sounds like you're doing something wrong.
 

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I just got a 4 month old Doberman pincher she is very fearful and she just sits there and doesn’t wanna move I have to carry her. She won’t eat or drink not even get up to go potty she literally just sits and lays there what should I do to help her.
Hello and welcome from florida.
My first suggestion is to have pup get a physical by Vet.
They will examine feet, pull on legs etc and will note if there are signs of pain or something not working correctly.
Maybe pain is a factor ....not eating, drinking, or doing business???
Dogs love to eat,drink, and go on sniffey expeditions outside.
Those things come naturally.
If vet visit checks out OK then maybe it is just needing time to mature and build confidence?
Tough to say without having more history about your dog.
Previous owners?
History of negative experiences?
Is someone in your home using different training methods that are non productive ?
Tell us more about your dogs history please.
 
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