What a cute little guy…it sounds like someone has terrified him quite a bit. It makes me so angry :mad: that people can mistreat little animals.
Have you tried to condition positive things from the startling sounds & objects?? Topaz had the same issues with sounds. I worked with her so that every time she jumped or got startled I would ask her to sit & give her a treat. Now when she hears something she just sits
Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback.
I am working on the startle and fear responses. I like your idea of sit and treat since Beeji is definitely motivated by his passion for treats!
When he gets scared by something such as the tv remote, I have him come to me talking to him in soft wooing tones and then show him the object and let him sniff it. Now I will add the sit and get a treat too.
He is getting better and certainly loves living here. he has decided my Mom's double bed is much more comfortable than my single and sneaks off to stretch out on it whenever he can.
Mom pretends to be upset but secretly I think she is tickled to death. She is totally ready to spoil him. He loves getting under her rollator walker. I think he like the cave feel of it. He takes his favorite bones and treats under there.
I will be posting more photos as I take more since I want more photos, and he is so funny sometimes plus, I want him to learn that the camera is not a scary thing. In our family there are always lots of cameras out so we have to help him learn to at least tolerate them.
Thanks everyone for all your help.