I'm behind this advise 100% a rescue that doesn't know how to play isn't trusting you yet. please give him time and keep things quiet and clam for him and your sake, he is fearful. Allow him to come to you, try not to approach him just yet, let him watch you until he gains trust in you. I could take months and months,
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@JAKEISGREAT is completely correct so please be extra considerate and patient with him. Also, maybe he's not the cuddly type...Nigel is not as cuddly as I am and he tolerates me cuddling him a lot. Today in fact, I think I over-did it because he snapped at my face too. I immediately correct him and tell him 'no biting mommy' and I back off of him. I know it's not aggression it's just me smothering him and him not being in the mood. He may have been sleepy (it was naptime) or maybe he's hungry? I know Nigel has snapped at my face as a way to tell me he's hungry.
I always get scared when I see these kind of posts - please do not jump to the 'aggression' conclusion. So many other things should be considered first.
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I'm sorry you're going through this and I'll hope and pray for the best outcome. Have you made sure to check for any ear infections or tooth abscesses? That can always lead to some aggression if they are in pain. Heck, I have a dentist appt on Sat cuz I have a toothache and even I wanna bite everyone at work right now!! Please keep us updated so we can be rest assured and maybe have some new "tools" in our bully kits for future reference.
Great advice ahs been given by jakeisgreat and vicaroo1000 .... good luck and keep us posted
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So glad to hear your not giving up, be calm & patient, he'll come along.
Some great advice. From my experience with rescue give them time and build trust; depending on how he was treated it may take months before he is secure enough for someone to hug or kiss him. I have had some that were great dogs but were never able to hug or kiss them. The best I could get with them was patting them on the head and telling them good dog. It takes time, consistancy, and patience. With some you are able to take their lead and all of a sudden they will come up to you and give you kisses but it doesn't happen all the time. In the mean time explain to your daughter there may be a reason for his behavior and keep the face away for him. Work slowly, no sudden of fast movements, things will get better with time. He probably didn't get that way overnight and it will take time for him to heal from the past. Good luck.
Please keep us updated on his progression.
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