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03-24-2014 09:17 PM
Mary Beth When my Sting as a pup, he was scared of dumpsters, so I just went up and "petted the dumpster". I had him on a long leash and a flat collar and first he held back but then started to come closer - pretty soon it didn't bother him. I think your pup is scared of your mail box because of the noise it makes when you open. So try opening the mail box and yawning then go inside - do it several times a day. Since you are concerned and rightly so, in my view, about the prong collar or martingale hurting her neck and also, I would also be worried that she would make the association of the discomfort with what she is afraid of, I suggest you use a harness - the front ring kind. I use a harness now with my Sting and wished I had known about them when he was a pup. Also, I suggest the Walk In Sync method Walk In Sync - The Easiest and Most Humane Way to Walk and Train Your Dog - Home . That way you are walking together and the dog or pup isn't out there at the end of the leash - I really think it would help to build confidence.
03-23-2014 09:56 PM
liferebooted Hi thanks for all the replys. I try to make her continue walking instead of running away from things that scare her but she resists so hard I'm scared she'll hurt her neck on her martingale or prong collar. She's now scared of my mail box, she won't go within 10 feet of it, she'll pull back and even cry on a prong collar to stay away from it, strangly shes ok with all the other mail boxes on my street.
03-22-2014 03:09 PM
Baillif I didnt think you did it. Im just saying dont do it
03-22-2014 02:30 PM
Jakesworld After reading Baillif's reply, I realized my wording may have made it sound like I force Jake to confront what scares him. I didn't mean for it to come across that way. I would never force anything scary on my boy. But I do let him approach scary objects on his own time, he does, and then he's over it, on to the next.
03-22-2014 01:43 PM
Baillif You cant coddle fear its a myth. You can support your puppy if you want but odds are your puppy wont give a crap. If its a fear period and the pup is a little weird as a result dont sweat it too much. Socialize from a distance, keep the pup focused on you for treats or play.

Worst thing you can do is seal the puppy in a bubble and not expose it to stressors. Second worst thing you can do is force the puppy to directly interact with things they find terrifying.
03-22-2014 01:30 PM
Stosh Don't indulge the pup by saying "it's ok" in a high voice, just ignore it, keep a loose lead and walk on confidently like Tiger said. Your pup will see how you handle the situation. It's your responsibility to protect your pup but he/she will see that if you're not nervous or afraid then he/she shouldn't be either. Don't force interaction with other dogs or people.
03-22-2014 01:23 PM
TigervTeMar my puppy isn't that old but when he doesn't want to walk further i walk a bit ahead and turn my back on him. he isn't afraid so this may not be good advice if she's straining her neck on the leash very hard. but if you notice her stop walking as you approach a large dog you could try what I do. Just walk ahead, don't pull on the leash or talk to her. Just turn your back on her and keep facing forward (the direction you want to walk) and make sure your pose is upright and confident. I would guess that she wont like being ignored and she'll also get to see you are not afraid. my puppy used to try to wait me out for minutes before running up to join me but now as soon as he sees me turn my back he'll get his butt moving because he knows I wont give in and he hates not having my attention.

My puppy gets silly with new people, he'll run away, run back, run away, and after 2 or so repetitions he'll be the strangers bff. i don't know if you do, but don't 'introduce' your dog to strangers. it may be difficult if the whole point of them stopping to talk to you was to say hi to your dog, but instead just give your attention to them, ignore your dog, and explain that she's a little shy and warms up to people. talk to them for a few seconds or minutes if you are able and hopefully the dog can see that meeting new people is always between boring and fun. if your dog is going through some fear around new people and then there are several people reaching for and/or looking at her it may not help.if she doesn't want to be the center of attention, you be the center of attention instead when meeting new people and hopefully she just gets tired or tired of moving away from you whenever you talk to people.

I hope some of this helps
03-22-2014 01:12 PM
Jakesworld Jake too, at 8 months gets alittle scared. Like the little dogs and heeler run out in the back barking at something, Jake, who is much bigger, hangs back by me. While the others are ferociously barking, Jake doesn't make a sound. Normally. I figure he's got the puppy brain thing and let's the grown ups handle the front line. We live in the country, quiet, not a lot of things to expose home too . I drive into town sometimes to walk him. He does well, but approaching strange things, like small signs, statues or even fire hydrants, his hackles would go up. He's getting desensitized now, but there's still a lot of scary things in town. To help him overcome his fears, I would make him confront them. Just calmly take as long as he needs to sniff or study an object. Then it's all good. Sometimes we just sit on the bench in town for a little while and let him just observe everything around him, until he's totally calm and bored, then we move on. Staying calm and patient seems to work for us, as far as helping Jake get over the little things that scare him. Don't know what to do about the wind. Confront a tornado maybe? About the dogs, maybe have her just sit for awhile until she calms down enough to move on a few more steps. ( we have the opposite problem, Jake just want to get to the other dogs). Patience and perseverance .
03-22-2014 03:42 AM
Tripped1 I'm going through something of the same thing. I just took on a 5 month old.

He's fine with me, but he's very skittish around other dogs, and occasionally poeple.

At 4 days in I'm still in data gathering mode, I was going to give him a couple weeks and then put him in obedience training, and depending on how that works out trying agility.

Otherwise, dude is wining a LOT of tug-of-wars all of a sudden.
03-21-2014 11:41 PM
SunCzarina
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Pulling hard the other way to get away from something is NOT a "fear period"
Yeah it is a fear period. This is a puppy who was always a little concerned about other dogs and now she's greatly concerned.

You need to work on building her confidence up. Ask at your training group about agility, huge confidence builder for fearful dogs.

On your walks, keep everything upbeat and happy. Don't worry oh she's going freak out over that big mutt hanging off the fence - she can pick up on your tension. Happy!

Try using music on your phone through the speaker, I'm too tired to remember the technical term for this but the music will remind her you're there, everything's good, we're just enjoying our walk.

If she shrinks away from a stranger just laugh Oh she's having a bad day and keep walking. Everything has to be happy and no big deal now. Spring's coming, go on a flower tour, HAPPY. Puppy needs to know her person will protect her but you can't coddle her - you do that by exuding confidence.

When you hear dogs barking from behind a fence, cross the street but keep going in the same direction. My dogs aren't fearful but I do this.

And yes the weight and slowing of the growth is normal for her age.
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