It’s only been a week but we’ve made huge improvements with Popi. He no longer whimpers when you sometimes try to pet him. He used to cry out loud and crouch down in a total submissive position, or he’d run and hide when he saw your hand coming near him to pet him. That’s not happening any longer. He’s now getting used to us putting the harness on him and walking on the lead. It seems that he’s never actually been walked because he had no idea what we were trying to do. He’s walking really well on the lead now. He does have issues where he’s still popping and peeing in the house. Thankfully, he mostly goes on the pee pads, but he has had accidents on the wood floor.
He doesn’t like to go for a walk at night, which is why he was having accidents while we slept. He’s fearful of the dark, so we’re working on this with him and being very patient. It’s apparent to us that he was abused and was never really house broken or taken on walks properly. He was probably beat for having accidents in the house and then most likely just discarded. We have no proof of this, just an assumption on our part based on his behavior, especially how he acted after he had an accident.
Poor little guy had a rough few years of his life. But he is now safe, in a stable environment and truly loved. We’ll continue to work on the house-breaking and are confident that he’ll be able to learn to always go outside.
After 1 week, Tata has given in and is finally accepting him as her little brother. They’re now kissing each other, sleeping together and playing a lot. Oh and he’s eating like a little piggy and has gained a little over a pound! He’s the most loving and sweet dog. All he wants is to love and be loved and he’s getting that in abundance.
Here’s a pic of Popi and Tata soaking up the sun together.