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!
Last edited by Fynn&Vandy; 01-17-2013 at 10:45 AM.