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This is the beginning of breaking down the barrier of distrust he has built concerning human interaction. Work with him until he comes immediately upon command, and also shower him with loving praise and a treat for this desired behavior.
Now that you have his trust, begin to walk him on a leash allowing the dog to interact with other people and dogs. Do this at a pace you and the dog feel comfortable with. This is the beginning of his socialization training so never push the dog. He will set the pace for this as his trust of you grows, and he learns he can also begin to trust other humans.
If the dog shows timid traits avoid the use of a clicker. Never bend down towards the dog when working with him because this is likely to be interpreted by the dog physical abuse is coming.
Try these tips when you start training an abused dog and remember to go slowly and be very patient with the dog.
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