Max Just Loves The Snow!
I have just rescued a 2 year old male American Cocker Spaniel. Apparently, he was a handful and his previous owners kicked him outside 20+ hours each day until they finally turned him over to the pound. The majority of this little guy's life has been spent in a yard, sleeping in a plastic dog house at night.
We've had him since Saturday and have seen such a huge improvement in his behaviour. However, he's not social, barking aggressively at strangers and guests, quite uncontrollably to the point of having to remove him from the situation.
He has had little to no obedience training but if he's in ear shot of his squeaky ball he returns happily.
He's getting exercised one to two hours daily and does fine at the dog park and walking trails as long as I am right on him. He is by my side save for maybe a couple hours each day and is very much an inside dog, sleeping at my bedside.
So having said all that it seems the research I've done points to him not being able to be rehabilitated socially, that I'll be able to, at best, slightly modify his behaviour but not change his disdain or fear of strangers. I need to know if this is true - I do not know his breeder so I have no way of knowing if he was socialized before they sold him as a puppy.
I want to keep this sweet guy and change his life. I would like to know if all the things I'm doing will be enough to get him to feel comfortable around people even if it will just take time - it's been less than a week so maybe I'm jumping the gun - just looking for some insight.
"Ziggy" and I thank you!