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Old 02-22-2014, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, we have had "Doshi" for...now two months and two weeks. He is now 4 months old. The first week he had no problem with my boyfriend nor I. However he became frightened of my boyfriend one day while I was at work. He has never done anything to warrant the nervousness. We have been doing excersizees with him to show him that my boyfriend isnt a threat. And they have shown inprovement. But I was wondering if anyone might have a better idea other than simple treat and reward when interacting with my boyfriend. (We do not reward when he wimpers or cowers away, and we remove his tail from between his legs). Also...talking. He has this thing with moody talking. If hes uncomfortable, he talks. If I'm going towards him, he talks. If I grab the leash...talking. I always ignore the talking when I know its because he wants my attention, and with the leash, I dont put it on him until he is calm and quiet. However...it persists. Always. Every day. And everyday I do the same thing which leads me to believe what I'm doing is wrong. Any suggestions? ( I would prefer a silent dog. Hes trained not to bark, but the talking is harder to break)
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If your puppy has his tail between his legs, is whimpering and cowering around your boyfriend and that this occurred suddenly when you were at work - isn't it obvious your boyfriend did something to make your puppy like this behind your back. Puppies are very friendly and trusting and love everyone, if your little one is this scared then you need to question your boyfriend.

I would be very suspicious of anyone if my puppy was suddenly displaying fear of someone - anyone - my husband, son, friends.

You need to look a little further into this and if it were me, I would not leave my poor defenceless puppy in your boyfriends care when you are not there.
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Your BF may have done something inadvertently as well, but to your pup it was something to be fearful of. You might try askng BF if there was anything that went on when this started.

We have a "talker" it doesn't bother us though, kind of fun listening to him. As far as the leash excitement, have you tried leaving the leash attached to him (supervised) and just let him drag it around inside the home? You could tether him to yourself, again inside your home, and incorporate a little OB training as well. Just remember to remove it when he cannot be watched.
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Have you and your boyfriends been able to work on the recommendations on ---> Top Training Expectations for Puppies

And when you are out and about on all the normal socialization trips, how does he behave with all the other many people he meets?

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If your puppy has his tail between his legs, is whimpering and cowering around your boyfriend and that this occurred suddenly when you were at work - isn't it obvious your boyfriend did something to make your puppy like this behind your back. Puppies are very friendly and trusting and love everyone, if your little one is this scared then you need to question your boyfriend.

I would be very suspicious of anyone if my puppy was suddenly displaying fear of someone - anyone - my husband, son, friends.

You need to look a little further into this and if it were me, I would not leave my poor defenceless puppy in your boyfriends care when you are not there.
I did not ask for a reason as to why the pup is fearful. I have owned five gsds and one other became fearful of me just because we were outside, and a policd siren went off, he yelped and I almost stepped on him because he stopped. After that day he was like how doshi is towards my bf. Puppies are simple like that.
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Is he in obedience classes, maybe your boyfriend can do that with him? Mine talk to me all the time, I love it.
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He is cautious. He growls at anyone that has something covering their eyes or face. (Of which I dont mind as long as it stays a growl). He will look to me for what to do. He backs away, most of the time, however if I give him the command to lay down, he lets anyone touch him. He gets excited with children btw, but we're working on that. Its mainly the children making him excited by not properly introducing themselves. Today we had a little upset in which he was told "quiet" and got louder at me. I stood up and walked over and held his muzzle shut and said "quiet". After he stopped, I rewarded him. But it repeated itself 12 minutes times. This is after a 35 minute jog around the neighborhood.
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Is he in obedience classes, maybe your boyfriend can do that with him? Mine talk to me all the time, I love it.
I am the obedience class. I would never take him to a local one. All petsmart trainers seem to have to IQ of a rodent, and god forbid my puppy accidentally bite them. I had one woman with my now 4 year old gsd scream and say my puppy should be put down when she tried to get him to walk backwards. (He nipped her leg).
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I am the obedience class. I would never take him to a local one. All petsmart trainers seem to have to IQ of a rodent, and god forbid my puppy accidentally bite them. I had one woman with my now 4 year old gsd scream and say my puppy should be put down when she tried to get him to walk backwards. (He nipped her leg).

I will defend my trainer that is from Petsmart to the end. They are not all idiots. I have gone to her for several years now. The trainer that my dog made bleed was an idiot and not from Petsmart. The point of the my original post was to have your boyfriend take him for the training. If your dog is still doing all these things after you already have him in training, then you might want to consider a different trainer, because its not working for you or the dog.
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