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How to care for a two year old abused collie

Me and my boyfriend have just taken on an 18 month old collie which has been severely abused by a farmer. He has been with a friend of ours for three months but she has moved and cannot have dogs in her new flat. He is very nervous and is scared of everything but he is settling in well we also have two patterdale x jack russels about the same age and they all seem to be getting along fine. The only problem is I really don't have any experience with these sort of dogs as i have only ever had small lapdogs so don't know how much to feed or exercise him... any advice on how best to care for him or any special requirements of the breed would be greatly appreciated

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  • Carla AlcoverCarla Alcover San Juan,Posts: 24Member
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    First gain his confidence. since he was abused he probably doesn't trust people, try to give him treats when you pass by him be will then associate you with a reward. don't go towards him, as may see it as a threat. in a calm voice call him over with a treat and wait for him to come to you. about collies they need plenty of exercise. consider training him, they are very smart and can become destructive if left alone for to long
  • DeaDea NHPosts: 7,176Member ✭✭✭
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    All bags of dog food have guide lines for how much to feed. It is only a guide. You can start there and adjust the amounts depending on how much exercise he gets and weight he gains. Good Luck!
  • Alexa TravisAlexa Travis Birmingham, ALPosts: 4,692Member
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    If he has trust issues from prior bad treatment, honestly, I would let him come to you. Don't be smothering. Sometimes we feel so bad, all we want to do is to shower them with affection and coddle them, which to US makes sense... but dogs don't always see it that way. People have treated him badly in the past, so too much attention by them is probably the last thing he wants. Give him some space, get him into a standard routine (food, walks, etc), but don't push anything on him. When he comes to you, then offer him affection, otherwise let him make the decision on his own.
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