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    Question Need some advice please...

    The other day ( Monday) my nephew was driving his company truck on I-80 in Iowa when a little black dog ran across the highway. He stopped and picked it up. It is a Labradoodle pup someone had dumped. ( Iowa animal control found 2 others later) I hate it when people toss aside dogs like they are garbage !! ( mad & sad)

    My nephew brought him into Illinois w/ him...and I took him...gave him a much needed bath, fed him...and took him immediately to the Vet for shots, de-wormer, etc.
    He is only around 4 mo's old according to the vet..and very traumatized. He is also really skinny.

    Anyway...we thought he had a forever home w/ my brother who was initially excited about it. Turns out he said it's too much for him to handle right now. He hasn't had a pup in over 16 yrs..and he works a lot.

    I am fostering this pup but the longer we have him..the more attached he is becoming to us & vice-versa.
    He may end up being our 3rd addition to our furry family.
    He is going to need patience & work. So he cannot go to just anyone that wants him. There will be stipulations.
    He is not hyper..pretty calm actually. He has a lot of potential to be a great dog !
    As I said..we are getting very attached to him....so have a strong feeling he will be w/ us.

    Here is the thing.
    He obviously has lived the beginnings of his life in a cage ( puppy mill).. he totally freaks out when put in a crate.
    I had to leave yesterday a few hours to babysit my grandson..and he defected all over himself & was frantic when I came home. He also jumps a gate..so that won't work either.
    He sticks to me like glue right now..as like I said..he is scared. But he will settle and lay at my feet once he knows I am not leaving him.
    I cannot just let him out w/ our dogs..as he will not follow them. I have to be beside him..and when he does his business?..it is only maybe 2 ft from me. Wrigley doesn't know what to think of this little intruder....he is VERY jealous
    ( comes sits on my lap much more..or by his big brother Zeb...)...but being sweet none the less.
    He'll get used to him!
    Zeb..he is cool with it...but then he is always cool*...lol.
    The pup did play a little w/ Zeb last night...which was good to see.
    Another sad thing...no one has ever played w/ him..as he doesn't know what to do yet.
    He is a smart thing though..as you can tell he wants to please..as he will cock his head to listen. It's just going to take time & work.

    I could use any pointers you all have if you have dealt w/ a pup with severe separation anxiety??


    ...here is the pic. of him....( he needs a name too! )

    *Diane ~ Mom to~
    Wrigley ( Cavalier) Zeb ( Labrador) & Jake ( Labradoodle)

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    What a wonderful thing you have done Diane!!!. He will have issues for a little while, the good thing is he is still a puppy, when i rescued Sadie, she was so troubled, but she has come on in leaps and bounds, the only advice i can give you, which has helped me is time, love and trust. Sending you all lots of Love and Cuddles for the litle man Karen Ruby and Sadie xxx

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    so cute!! Just give him time and he will adjust. I would continue to use the crate. Do training during the day so he will get used to it. Start by luring him in with treats and praise. Always leave the door open. After he goes in on his own a few times shut the door and open it quickly. Do this a few times then start adding time to how long you have the door closed on him. Always praise. I bet Karlin has a link to crate training...hopefully she will add it. try not to coddle him. I know he has had a bad start but if you over love on him he will become to attatched to you and not secure on his own.

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    Well he's only a baby and he's been thur so much. I'm sure its going to take him time to relax. Its going to take more time. I say keep working in crate training try to make his crate a positive place like where he gets a nice kong or his fav treats. I agree not to coddle him. Wrigley will be fine too he's been the household baby and not has middle child syndrome


    Now as for names (I'm good at this I think)

    In no order here's what I think:

    Finn
    Benton
    Owen
    Phineas
    Ruben


    I must admit I like Finn the best he looks like a Finn to me and that goes great with Zeb and Wrigley.
    Melissa
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    Thank you for replying.. I appreciate it. I have been getting some really good advice..and have been working w/ him all day. The crate is open..and I try to entice him w/ a treat..however he's just is too hesitant to even enter. In fact I threw a piece of chicken from my lunch in there..hoping the smell of it would be enough..and > nope. Instead...Zeb went in and grabbed it..hahaha! For now..the crate..or any confined place.. is too scary for him considering what he must of came from. I did just put him and Zeb together in my computer room for a few minutes tho & shut the door. ( Zeb is so laid back..that he would keep the pup calm). There was no whining or scratching at the door for about 2 min's...and then I opened the door. I did hear them both sniffing...but at least that is progress. Going to continue w/ that and increase the time. This is just going to take a lot of patience. Keep praying for me if ya would?...haha*
    I am just hoping that we can deal w/ any anxiety issues properly and he realizes people are not going to abandon him.
    That he is now safe.
    Wrigley?..well..let's just say he will get used to him in time. He isn't being mean or anything..just not real interested in being friends yet. In fact he's rather go dig in the MUD!! Yeah... he's a mud puppy*
    ( think he gets a bath daily anymore !!!)
    and Melissa..thanks for the names. Yes..we are still trying to find the right one that fits him.
    I sort of like ABE ( since he has a beard...hehehe) I also like Baxter.
    And my hubby likes Bentley. ( he didn't like Lucky..that's what my nephew was calling him)
    Gotta start calling him something soon, huh??
    *Diane ~ Mom to~
    Wrigley ( Cavalier) Zeb ( Labrador) & Jake ( Labradoodle)

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    Well...it's official. My hubby~Marty & I have prayed about it..Marty said he decided tonight that we are keeping this little labradoodle. He luvs him too. His new name is "JAKE"
    ...and it just seem the right fit for him.
    ( Marty thought of the name ) in honor of our nephew that found him*
    *Diane ~ Mom to~
    Wrigley ( Cavalier) Zeb ( Labrador) & Jake ( Labradoodle)

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    I love Finn, or Finley. It's great that you took him, and I can already see by your posts, he's found his furever home. Congrats on your new addition.
    ~Shari mom to
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    Congratulations on your new addition! Jake looks like he has some terrier in him???
    Michele
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    Awe..thank you all so much for the encouraging comments.
    Jake ( his new name) & Wrigley actually played together for the 1st time this morning...which was wonderful to see.
    Zeb has been really good w/ him..'cept he tried to "hump" him. Which was NOT too cool !!.. considering he is 108 lb lab and this little guy is only 26 lbs! :/ Not sure what that was all about. Guess he was letting Jake know he is top dog...
    but I let Zeb know..ahh..nope...> I AM !!!

    I thought Jake looked like he had more of a terrier face as well...but the Vet said Labradoodle.
    I have googled & researched various pic.'s....and he looks like many I have seen. After all...they are not a true breed.
    His back ( fluffy & wavy) & tail ( as it curls up) look very much like a Standard poodle. His snout also has the long look like the poodle as well. But I think the hair around his face is sort of a mixture between the poodle & lab....giving him a bit of a terrier look.
    *Diane ~ Mom to~
    Wrigley ( Cavalier) Zeb ( Labrador) & Jake ( Labradoodle)

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    Congrats! Jake is a blessed little fellow!

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