|09-06-2013 02:00 PM|
Our girl acts similar though not as extreme when we shake out laundry. Just recently started grabbing a tank top or a wash cloth have her sit/stay and shake it once a few feet away. Give treat. Shake it twice. Give treat. Move a step closer and shake it once. Give treat.
She loves her food and treats so that helps. And figured I will work it up to a full sized bath towel and eventually sheets and blankets.
|09-05-2013 09:48 AM|
|09-04-2013 08:53 PM|
the easiest thing to do is stop swinging towels around her.
the next time you want to kill a bug put her in another room.
close the door where the bug is. if the door is closed she
can't see you swinging a towel at the bug. sometimes avoidance
is the easiest way besides what the chances of her encountering
someone swinging a towel around?
|09-04-2013 08:05 PM|
Tuke acts similarly if I'm killing a fly. She looks confused and will sometimes move back to the hallway and keep her distance. Once I've finished whatever bug off she'll come storming back at me with lots of affection. She has never had a hand laid on her and I've had her since puppyhood. Zoey gives me a head tilts and Ranger follows me around during my task. I think its just confusion and it leads to fear. They don't understand why I suddenly got up from relaxing, grab my hat and start swinging it randomly through the air. The funny thing is, if its a yellow jacket and she sees it, I have to be careful as she will get in the way trying to get at it herself.
Tuke is pretty solid in just about everything, guns, fireworks, storms, dogs, strange people, etc... Very mellow and relaxed dog, this is the only thing I've ever seen upset her. When I go after a bug now, I try acting like its a game, she still appears a bit confused and the other two dogs start getting wound up, but so far she does seem to do a little better with it.
|09-04-2013 11:33 AM|
If I yell at my husband, Zeus will lay down and stay away. So i bet she might have seen violent behavior before and was terrified. They know when we are in distress so she felt her pack master was having a rough time and effected her?
dogs have good memory she could of remembered something?
It could of caught her off guard when she was all relaxed. Who knows?
I make a bad situation positive with kisses and treats =)
I hope for the best <3
|09-04-2013 11:25 AM|
I did it briefly again this morning before work and bazinga, ears back head down same story.
I do believe she was beaten by her previous owner because when I first got her, she ended up biting someone that waved a stick above her head and sure enough, when I replicated it, ears back head down. Desensitized her to that and she's fine now.
Zoey is an EXTREMELY confident/dominant dog. I just need to figure out a way to desensitize her to the motion. She's fine with shirts/anything like that, I can put a shirt over her head/put her IN a shirt/put a pillow on her head ETC ETC and she's 100% fine, just acts like a big goofball.
But I just don't know how to desensitize the MOTION correctly and don't want to make it worse. I think I'll try Sunflowers idea and see if we get anywhere with that. My biggest fear is having a repeat bite because I ignored this.
FYI, I ignored her, I have her sleep in bed with me every night so she obviously crawled up closer to me but I acted as if nothing happened. If my fiance was there though, that would've been a different story UGH
|09-04-2013 10:52 AM|
Not sure what caused it, but what did you do to calm her down? Did you just let her be or did you give the "it's ok, it's ok" type treatment?
It's like a dog that gets scared with a thunderstorm or fireworks. Who knows what's going through their mind to make them as scared as they are, but the worst thing to do is comfort them and tell them it's ok. It kind of reinforces the behavior. When a dog is scared at something like that, I just completely ignore it like it's not even happening. Let them be and get over it on their own time. No need to show them how sorry you feel for them.
|09-04-2013 10:51 AM|
When a dog has a low confidence level, most anything out of the norm is going to cause an adverse reaction such as you saw. She didn't understand your strange behavior. Your energy level during the moth dance only caused her to be more confused.
Build her confidence. Build her trust, not only in you, but in herself. At this point I wouldn't try to recreate the moth dance. I would focus on building her confidence.
|09-04-2013 10:50 AM|
When my husband kills bugs in our house with a shoe or something Remy our Mal gets freaked out and runs upstairs. He's normally not a scaredy cat but I think it's the fact that one of us is making these big sweeping gestures that he's unaccustomed to. From what I read they are a 'sensitive' breed. Would be curious if you tried what doggie dad said & swung a shirt around again, maybe with positive results - maybe she just needs to desensitize to it? Or you could try a different way of dealing with bugs that's less traumatic.... If its up to me I prefer the 'stand far away & shoot windex' method haha.
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|09-04-2013 10:44 AM|
First thing that comes to mind is that she was probably beaten.
I guess you could try to swing a towel while throwing yummy treats at her.
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