Harley has been in his new foster home almost 2 weeks. He is not your normal 9 month old puppy. He doesn’t know how to play and is the most timid dog we have ever had in our home. We suspect he has had little contact with humans and what contact he has had with them was not good. He has good instincts and knows when you are approaching him to “do” something which makes it hard to leash him. He does enjoy being petted and rubbed down. He likes sleeping in the bed with us. He is adjusting and has even learned to use the dog door. In the next few weeks I plan to start working with him on basic commands and desensitizing him to the leash and reaching for him. I have tried to work with him on sit already but he just backs away so I’m gonna a have to leash him to work on commands. I wanted to give him time to trust us first.
Harley is slowly relaxing here. He has actually tried to get Roxy to play with him and even briefly tried out the love seat next to her. But eventually went back to his safe spot the big couch. Harley has also started chewing on nyla bones and you can tell he’s thinking about playing with toys. He’s starting to come to us for treats like the other dogs when it’s time to hand them out. He really likes peanut butter and his fish oil. He still timid and will run to his safe spot when he is uncomfortable but he is slowly improving as he becomes more comfortable here. Things like getting in and out of cars scares him. So his foster mom is taking him on short rides to get him more comfortable.
Harley will require someone who had patience and understanding for a dog that needs a little more time to adjust to new things and new situations. Harley has been let down by people in the past so we are looking for someone that will not let him down again.