Our expert says:
Well done for rescuing the pup. With any puppy you need patience and with this one you may need even more because she seems to have been deprived of food and either abused physically or neglected by her previous owners.
1. Feed her separately. Leave the food down for half an hour (while the dogs are separated) and then remove it till the next mealtime. She should be getting at least 3 meals a day of PUPPY pellets. The amount she should get will be on the bag, but you can increase it by 10 % for a while until she has got over the "famine syndrome". You can also add grated carrot or apple or cooked vegies or rice to it if she wants to eat more.
2. If you take the food away between meals there won't be any food bowls to carry around. Plastic or metal water bowls can be weighted down by putting a rock or brick inside or by filling the underneath with cement.
3. Fear of people needs patient, kind and gentle behaviour from all the humans she comes into contact with. Never reprimand her or punish her. If she does something naughty then either ignore it, walk away from her or distract her with something like a toy or treat. She needs to learn to trust people and you may have to use treats, toys and gentle touch to encourage this.
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