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Old 11-18-2012, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by brightdoglover View Post
Well, once I pick him up (with a towel or something around him) he's fine being held. Just seems to be something about the hand approaching him.
He'll adjust and eventually let you pick him up. My hound was a rescue. He used to run away and squirm like crazy if I picked him up. After quite a while, he learned that it was safe. He won't let anyone else pick him up though because nobody does it in a way that makes him feel secure. He is an awkward dog to pick up so it needs to be done a specific way or he may fal. I suspect he was accidently dropped.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:47 AM
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Moofie is easy to pick up. After all, he's about five pounds! I can pick him up if I have gloves on or wrap a blanket or shirt around him so his three little teeth can't get me.
My dog Eloise, who I've had for five years, still does not want me to touch her. She follows me around, sleeps on the foot of the bed and stares at me all the time, but does not want to be touched. If I have to leash her, I tell her "Good stay" and she reluctantly crouches down so I can put her leash on (or Frontline, etc.). She will grab a treat from my hand and run away to eat it, very feral-like. I don't think she'll warm up more than this, after five years!
I want to be able to pick Moofie up to put a blanket on him or a sweater or something, since he seems to get cold so easily. When I was sitting on the floor at the groomer's (showing him off- it was the groomer who got me to take him) he was wearing his sweater and kept climbing into my lap, but still squeaked and bit if my hands got close to his face. We shall see- he's getting groomed for real next week (the vet shaved the matted mess off his butt). I certainly wonder if hands used to hurt him.
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