Thought I’d create a thread for animal lovers! Specifically, dog people. More specifically, those that have experience adopting feral pups. So, please, post your hawt puppy pics, and share any and all experiences you have with either feral or problematic pooches!
Feral dogs can be trained and become domesticated and, eventually, exhibit all the same behaviors as every other family dog. It does take a lot of work, however. For example, my family and I are currently ‘fostering’ a black lab/German shepherd mix - fostering is in scare quotes because there’s no way in hell this dog is ever leaving our house! He’s awesome, and we’re permanently adopting him.
His name was Sirius, but we’ve changed that to Hank. Because Hank is an awesome dog name. Anyhoo, Hank was picked up by animal control about 2 months ago, at approximately 6 months old. He stayed at the pound for a bit, then onto a rescue group and finally, my house.
I’m a dog person, but I have to admit - it’s been challenging. Mostly because I underestimated just how damn fearful a stray dog is of humans. It took about two weeks for him to warm up to my family enough to come up to us and let us pet him. Another week after that, and he’s rolls around on the floor wrestling with my 10-year-old son.
We’ve gotten a lot of the basic stuff down so far: he knows his name, he (mostly) comes when he’s called, he stays and he’s on the verge of knowing what ‘sit’ means. The major remaining obstacles are 1) he’s deathly afraid of humans that aren’t his family, and 2) he’s scared shitless of his leash. So we’re working on slowly socializing him with friends and family stopping over, and taking baby steps with the leash.
He’s just the bestest, most sweetest dog EVA.
Hank at the dog pound, in his doggy cell, scared shitless
Hank at the rescue shelter. Still scared fairly shitless
2 weeks later at our house; much less scared
A week after the last pic, taking a break from wrestling and enjoying his kong!