I have not had a rescue dog but there are others on this forum that have, & they will give you good advice.
Originally Posted by bealson12
I just want to say that it seems to me there is already a bond, almost unnoticed by you, but I would think very significant to this damaged little dog who "won't let anyone else other than me hold her"
She is unlikely to ever be a normal pet, she may never be able to forget her early experiences of pain and neglect to be able to cuddle with confidence into your lap, but I would not mind betting that to her you are the most important thing in her bewildering world. You will be her only place of safety.
I know it seems to you that you have made little progress but it actually appears that you have achieved a great deal in a very short time. To toilet train a five year old bitch, who has never been in a house, in just 4 months is really impressive.
I agree with Kate, get everyone she meets to give her a very little treat, if she is hand shy they can gently toss it on the ground in front of her.
You should give her frequent little treats too & make baby talk to her and see if she will let you very gently touch and tickle her. She will need to relax with you before she can start to trust others.
Good luck with your little girl,
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