Very Skiddish Dog

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Horsegrl685

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I have 2 dogs, one who is a small dog full on energy and LOVES everyone, then I have my big dog who is scared of everything. Sadie is terrified of people and anything new.

Sadie was born at my mom's house and was the toughest little puppy so she was the one I wanted, but as she got older she started becoming very skiddish.  I used to take her to parks as a puppy but she didn't really like it, so I stopped. She's 5 now and I have just taken her from my mom's house into our new appartment and she seems happy when inside, she kinda just lays around, then comes bothering me and my husband just wagging her tail and licking us (which is her fav past time).

She asks to go out, but as soon as I take her outside her ears perk up (like deer do when something spooks them) and she stops all the time, she hides behind me, and if she sees another person she tries to run away. . .since she moved here she is barely eating, (its only been a couple days) and I don't know what to do, I finally got a place where I'm allowed big dogs and I'm SO excited I have her here (cause my mom was going to take her to the pound if I couldn't)

Her mom was an abandoned puppy my dad found on the side of the road and is a little skiddish to new people but warms up 10 times quicker than sadie does. She was never ever abused in her life, I've tried the socializing thing. We have a dog park down the road, but she gets soo scared she just poops all over herself because of all the people and I hate seeing her like that.

I need help. . .

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diva22

In Dogs

Reply To: Horsegrl685

I think she/he is shy around people because,she might be thinking the people might hurt her/him.Or she/he might not be ready to go outside,or go to the park.Cause u remamber u said she/he was only 5.And when she poops on her self,that probably means that shes/hes still not ready.O yeah im only 9 years old so i really dont know i just try to help people out.Bye!

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Amy

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Reply To: Horsegrl685

Hi,

I would recommend hiring a trainer to help with your dog's fears.  He or she might be able to provide you with some guidance as to how to help your dog build some confidence and be less fearful.  Also, there is a book called The Cautious Canine by Patricia McConnell which is very helpful.  You can order a copy via Amazon.  Our dog has fear issues, and both a trainer and the book have been very useful in helping us understand her behavior and methods for helping her overcome these issues.

Good luck with Sadie!

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