We just got two new dogs of mixed breed. They are medium sized outside dogs (large fenced in yard) I think previous owner abused them, because they are very jumpy and cringe if we move too fast towards them, get scared if I pick up a branch (cleaning yard up) run with head and tail down if one of kids holler etc. But they (dogs) are loving and gentle as well. Is there any way I can accelerate the process of showing them we won't harm them? I have prevented kids from chasing them & make sure they pet very soft & speak gently to them, let them (dogs) approach me, and we (dogs and I) play catch for a half hour each day. What else can I do? I'm not worried they'll bite us or anything, but I feel bad because they are so timid. Thanks for any advice!
Asked by Anonymous at 1:41 PM on Jan. 3, 2009 in Pets
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