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Our rescue foster is really shy & very cautious about leaving

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Our rescue foster is really shy & very cautious about leaving his bed. It's a job to get him out of the house even to spend a penny. We have had him here 6 days - do we force the issue or let him go at his own pace?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 2 years ago.
Hi,
Welcome to JustAnswer. I am a licensed veterinarian and I'm here to help you. Let him go at his own pace. Six days isn't very long for a new pet to adjust and feel comfortable.
Don't know your situation, but many dogs dislike wood or tile floors because they are slippery, so if his bed is located on one of these, this could be part of his reluctance. Also, if there are other pets in your home, the foster pet may be feeling intimidated. If there is no fighting or growling, then he will gradually feel more comfortable and be much more animated.
Hope this is helpful. If you have further questions about this or concerns, please just let me know.
Dr. Barbara
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Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 2 years ago.
Thank you so much for your very kind rating. . .greatly appreciated!
This thread remains open for awhile after a rating, so if any other concerns pop up, just let me know.
Thanks so much, too, for the generous work you do for our animals. It takes us all working together.
Dr. Barbara