We recently rescued a 9 month old long haired dachshund, Marley who is scared of people because she was not socialized properly due to her being in a cage all of her young life. A dog needs to be socialized early on from 3 months or sooner in order for them to be comfortable with people. I finally got a great tip on how to help Marley get socialized and not be so afraid of people. This morning while I was reading through posts in our I Love Dachshunds Club on Facebook I read this wonderful story about a little double dapple dachshund named Serena. More on Serena's sad start in life below but first here's the post I read by her Foster Mom Sarah, of Texas Sweeties Dog Rescue. "Well my foster Serena is making huge progress with her fear issues! We go every day to walk around Home Depot and Petco to get her used to strangers. I carry a bag of treats with me and ask everyone to place it in front of her on the ground. Now I can walk through the store without her growling and snarling at everyone she sees:) She did still try and snap at 2 women yesterday but they were determined to try and pet her even after I said that she bites. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can start meet & greets with this precious girl to find her new forever family:)" If you have a dog that's scared of people / strangers give this approach a try. If you have cured your dog from being scared of strangers please share your approach in the comments below. Now for Serena's story...(She needs a forever home) Please give a warm welcome to Serena. Serena is a deaf double dapple dachshund. She was used for breeding the first 2 years of her life and then abandoned in the backyard when her owners moved away. She was then saved by a lady whose roommate abused her because of her barking. The lady then decided to surrender her to the shelter for her own safety. Just because her hearing is impaired it does not slow her down one bit. Serena attaches very quickly to her human. She is 100% house trained and can be trusted in the house all day without accidents. Serena would like a home where her owner lets her snuggle in bed next to her while she sleeps. She will bark if left in a kennel so she has had free roam at her foster home. Serena is nervous when you first meet her and takes time to warm up to you. After everything she has been through this does not surprise us. Her foster mom has had zero issues with her in the house but does notice that she gets nervous when taken out in public. Because of her nervous personality we do recommend that she goes to a home with no small children. At home Serena loves playing with her toys and snuggling with her foster mom:) Serena would like a home with no large dogs. Serena is 2.5 years old and weighs 9 pounds. If you would like to meet this angel please go to www.texassweetiesdogrescue.org to read our adoption requirements. If you agree with the requirements please fill out an adoption application. If your application is approved one of our volunteers will be in touch with you for a meet & greet. Serena's adoption fee is $250 which includes shots, spay & microchip. Sorry, no out of state adoptions. http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/28764226 Sarah Tirone President Texas Sweeties Dog Rescue 501(c)3 Non Profit All Breed Rescue www.texassweetiesdogrescue.org Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TexasSweetiesDogRescue
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