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02-02-2013 03:05 AM
codmaster
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Fynn, your story is so true. This past Halloween we had several of the horrible, elaborate rubber masks we were goofing around with, and my son and I put some on (a devil and a werewolf). Liesl freaked when she saw us. She was confused by the fact that it looked and sounded like Dad and big brother, but clearly the mask was disturbing to her. Once we took them off--friends again.

On a recent walk at the local school on a rainy morning she was again put-off by all of the umbrellas and hooded jackets. She definitely notices when people don't look like "normal" people.

For the OP: please don't forget to slowly and gently introduce your dog to such odd items as strollers, scooters, backpacks, hoodies, umbrellas, walking canes, walkers, etc. Let your dog siff these when they are still and unoccupied, then move them gently until she realizes that is no big deal, then use them yourself so her trust of you transfers to them. You can desensitize your dog to these things that a shy dog finds so scary.


It would be very odd if your dog could not recognize you by her nose! Unless the wind was blowing the wrong way!

We once had a highly suspicious female GSD who would react to strangers and i put on a hooded sweatshirt and walked into our fenced in backyard and got a very big rreaction - running all puffed up and barking and then "instant recognition" when she got about 10-15' feet away - VERY VERY embarrassed dog! Once she did realize who it was!!!! I had just started thinking that maybe it wasn't a real smart idea to fool this 80lb bundle of suspicion!
02-02-2013 12:28 AM
zivagirl Though Beth isn't a puppy and highly social, when people ask if they can approach her, I insist that they can pet her on her back ad to not stand in her face, but to her side. It just seems like common sense, to me, to not get up in a face full of sharp teeth.

When it's people I'm not comfortable with, I just tell them she's new to me, and I can't be certain that she is in a patient mood. With a dog this big, people sort of take that at ace value and move on.
02-01-2013 11:48 PM
Jag It's great that your pup is making progress! Keep up the good work. It's a long road.

Threads like this make me sad and angry. Too many poorly bred shepherds.
02-01-2013 10:27 PM
Msbubbles11 I just wanted to give an update on my pup. We are about to be in our third week of training classes. She is already doing much better. She is calmer in public and doesn't go crazy anymore. She still needs a lot more work. Now she is at the point where she only freaks out when strangers try to actually pet her.
01-17-2013 01:36 PM
billsharp Fynn, your story is so true. This past Halloween we had several of the horrible, elaborate rubber masks we were goofing around with, and my son and I put some on (a devil and a werewolf). Liesl freaked when she saw us. She was confused by the fact that it looked and sounded like Dad and big brother, but clearly the mask was disturbing to her. Once we took them off--friends again.

On a recent walk at the local school on a rainy morning she was again put-off by all of the umbrellas and hooded jackets. She definitely notices when people don't look like "normal" people.

For the OP: please don't forget to slowly and gently introduce your dog to such odd items as strollers, scooters, backpacks, hoodies, umbrellas, walking canes, walkers, etc. Let your dog siff these when they are still and unoccupied, then move them gently until she realizes that is no big deal, then use them yourself so her trust of you transfers to them. You can desensitize your dog to these things that a shy dog finds so scary.
01-17-2013 10:40 AM
Fynn&Vandy Vandy is afraid of everything outside of our house. From people to little dogs. Though it is somewhat embarrassing since she's no small puppy lol I ignore it. I keep walking and, I do not let people touch her. I don't want to reinforce her belief that everyone wants to touch her or get close to her. She has gotten a lot better at this. We also teach her that what she's afraid of might not be so scary. We started taking her to a dog park regularly. She'd stay close to us at first but, then would stay on the heels of our other dog. Now after several weeks she runs around and, greets everyone. She's cautious but, not afraid.
Last night I let her outside and my boyfriend had just gotten off his motorcycle and still had his helmet on. He was several meters away but once she noticed she gave a tiny growl and, backed into my legs. To see
how much she's changed I told him not to walk forward but, waive his arms. She did sprint behind me but, barked her disapproval. She never tried to go inside and, never stopped investigating. As soon as he took the helmet off she ran to him and, loved him up. She put her head completely into his helmet and, started inspecting the object of her fear.
While hilarious and, very cute you could see a massive difference in her behavior from the last several weeks. Soon I'm going to start using the command "go see" so she'll know she can cautiously check out something new that she might just avoid forever lol
Give her some time and, keep putting her in the right situations. Confidence is absolutely the biggest part of moving past this behavior. Good luck!
01-17-2013 10:10 AM
bigd3077 I have a shopping plaza by my house and I walked mine through it everyday from the first day I brought her home. She is not nervous at all. Start with puppy class, and keep her around people.
01-17-2013 07:55 AM
debbiebrown a pup showing these signs definitely needs careful work. great that you are going to classes. i once you learn how to handle these situations, i would pick a few places every week where peple are. parkinglots, etc. set up situations and bring yummie food. i wouldn't force anyone on the pup if he shows signs of being scared, but, i also would not take him away. putting him in a different mode, play with him etc. i would keep him in classes and keep working with this at least for the first year or so, see how he is at that point. after that its always good to keep them into something around people and dogs.
01-15-2013 12:38 PM
Msbubbles11 Ok thank you everyone for the helpful advice. I have signed her up for classes and we start this sunday.
01-14-2013 07:07 PM
CloudsAngel My 3 month old pup seems to be wary of people, but its selective. For instance, my parents came over to meet him when I got him, and no problem. He went up to them both with no issue. My brother came over the other day to see him, and he wouldn't go anywhere near my brother. When we went for a walk, I passed two neighbors and both times he stopped and became fearful. I just gave the leash a slight tug, and he continued to walk. I didn't want to pet him or do anything that might encourage his fear. As soon as he gets his check up at the vet, he will be attending a class or two every month, just depends on the cost.
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