I know a few of my questions might have very obvious answers, but I really don't know! So please enlighten me.
We recently adopted a 3 year old altered male Cardigan from a person who could no longer care for him. The condition we got him in was HORRIBLE- he was not brushed for a very, very long time. Big clumps of fur would come out if you even lightly touched him, and covered me head to toe in fur. He smelled like poo, and his teeth were very yellow and absolutely disgusting... and his shots were out of date.
Of course, he is well groomed now, shots are taken care of, teeth cleaned, I've given him 2 nice long baths since we got him, and I furminate him every day and his condition has improved a lot.
We have a card/pem mix puppy, who is about 6 months. He is very nice to our new card, doesn't annoy him, but the card can absolutely not stand him. I keep telling everyone it's because the card is older and is trying to make his rank in the "pack", but my puppy cannot even approach him without getting a vicious snap, or even walk by him. We have taken them to neutral ground, and it seems a bit better there, but our puppy was here first anyway. Any ideas?
If I try to brush around his hips/hocks, he will snap at me. Even if I'm verrryyy gentle. He lets me touch them and pet them... but he hates them being brushed. He also twitches very badly, his muscles will spasm hard if you brush over that area. Is he just sensitive or could he have a back/hip problem? He can jump onto the bed just fine and runs (but not fast at all, and it's rare).... any solution for this?
He steals food. If you are on corgi level, and you have any kind of food, he will charge at you. He is fed a balanced diet (blue buffalo), gets treats and rewards all the time, is obviously not hungry, but he will charge at you, teeth showing, focused on that food. It is very scary. He does it for treats sometimes too. Any ideas on this? I'm trying to teach him leave it, our puppy knows it, but is that really all it will take?
He is very very shy. He barely vocalizes, hates to play, follows me around everywhere, doesn't like new people. I know cards are more laid back than pems, but I'm sure this is some kind of personality flaw... it just isn't right in any breed. He seems very unsure of himself and insecure. Can I help him in any way? I want to be able to take him places once he is settled and more comfortable with me, but with the way he acts now, I don't think I can- I'm afraid he would bite out of fear.
Thanks for any help I'll receive. I love this little guy and really want to help him. His owners seem to had severely neglected him giving him all sorts of behavioral problems. I've been around cards before and this guy just acts a little "off."