Just yesterday my new boy came to live with me and my family - he is just 4, spent past 4 weeks in kennels after he was found by a local council having being left alone in a house for 3 days when his owner became ill.
The owner then signed him over.
The rescue have got some basic info on him - mainly that though he is only 4 I am at least his 3rd owner,his previous owner only had him 2 years.
He is such a lovely dog - so so sweet and adores cuddles and attention. But I feel so sorry for him because its obvious he is petrified he will be left again.
He will not leave my side - if Im on the couch he will snuggle up very happily but he watches me all the time - the poor thing cant relax. He follows me in the kitchen, to the loo - right now im doing some emails so instead of being on the comfy couch or rug under the radiator he is laid on my wooden floorboards under my chair!
I have a horse - when i went to the yard this morning he cried - my husband had to cuddle him the whole time i was out. When I went this afternoon my daughter had to do the same thing - else he just sat at at our door crying.
Iam not working at the moment but I will have to leave him home alone sometimes.
I know its just a time thing, he needsto trust Im not going to desert him - but has anyone any tips or maybe advice I havent thought of that may help him?
Ive tried giving him teddies to cuddle but he is just not interested.
I feel so so sorry for the poor lad and just want to help him settle as quick as I can - i so wish he could understand he has a home for life now!
Everything else is fine - he has made himself right at home, eating well etc - even the fireworks arent bothering him !
So - any advice, tips on how to help him feel less anxious, help him understand this is his forever home ????