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New dog

okay so we got this new dog and he's so sweet but is terrified of our other 2 dogs and if you pet his neck he does this loud yipe he doesn't snap but he acts like it hurts. The shelter didn't report any health problems with him but when they found him he was near death from starvation and he's a pug mix so a fat dog and they were able to see his ribs. Do you think he was abused some how on the neck? What can we do to fix this so he's not scared to be pet there. Oh and our daughter can pet him there and he's just fine with it and she's 1 and a half.

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Asked by Heidikans at 10:45 PM on Feb. 16, 2010 in Pets

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  • He may just be affraid of you and protecting his neck because thats where most dogs go for the kill.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:54 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • A collar may have hurt the dog's neck. The dog may have been left tied outside or dragged by the collar.

    Answer by Gailll at 10:57 PM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • You just have to give him time to adjust, pet him when he comes up for it, be slow and gentle, and always supervise how the other dogs are with him. He will see that you aren't going to harm him in time. Just be really gentle.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 1:56 AM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • You need to give him tim to adjust to you,the dogs and his new environment. That being said don't baby him and don't try to comfort him when he is scared because that will actually encourage the behavior. Getting him out is public and around people and others doga with benifit him and help him get over any fears he has.

    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 7:17 AM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • Have you taken him to be seen by a vet for a Health check up? I recommend that first.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:55 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

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