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Old 06-25-2014, 10:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So i got Roxy when she was about 6-7 weeks, and when we got her she was never wimpy.She started to get wimpy and just scared of basically everything. Now she is about 1 year and 4 months and it has gotten a little better, I can play(jump around,growl,etc) with her without her freaking out and ears going down and all. Any idea on how to help this?
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What exactly is she afraid of? How severe is her fear? What does she do when she is afraid? Do you have any idea what caused her fear?
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What exactly is she afraid of? How severe is her fear? What does she do when she is afraid? Do you have any idea what caused her fear?
OP answered all your questions in the OP. She's afraid of most things, she has gotten a little better, she has always been this way, she tucks tail, lowers ears, etc...typical fear response.

OP, if your dog has always been this way this is just her genetics. Don't push her into fear, find a trainer, and hopefully upping the obedience will give her some security and "safety" in her mind.

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What exactly is she afraid of? A lot to list. Little kids(she hates them) other dogs(we've tried socializing her of course), sudden movements, if you get on your hands and knees and try to play/rough house a little, etc the list goes on and on.
How severe is her fear? I wouldn't say it's extreme but bad; her ears go down, she cowers, and just kind of curls up and lays down if it's really bad.
What does she do when she is afraid? see above
Do you have any idea what caused her fear? No. I don't think she has been hit or traumatized to bad... Only thing i can think that ever went wrong was when my Husky and her were playing on the bed, my Husky pushed her off the bed and she fractured her paw.She has also been fixed so maybe that too?
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OP answered all your questions in the OP. She's afraid of most things, she has gotten a little better, she has always been this way, she tucks tail, lowers ears, etc...typical flight response.

OP, if your dog has always been this way this is just her genetics. Don't push her into fear, find a trainer, and hopefully upping the obedience will give her some security and "safety" in her mind.
The OP also stated that when they got her, "she was never wimpy." I'm wondering when she started to show fear of everything?
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OP answered all your questions in the OP. She's afraid of most things, she has gotten a little better, she has always been this way, she tucks tail, lowers ears, etc...typical fear response.

OP, if your dog has always been this way this is just her genetics. Don't push her into fear, find a trainer, and hopefully upping the obedience will give her some security and "safety" in her mind.

Thanks for your response. She was a brave little pup is what confuses me. She is very obedient. She LOVES to play catch and that seems to be her "happy place" and she can go for hours... I stop sometimes because I hear her breathing so fast and loud it's scary. I even have her outside on no lead and she wont roam away from me or walk over towards people. Sky my Husky is her safety blanket. When she gets afraid she runs to her, but that could be because Sky is the alpha between them.
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It could simply be genetics, as DaniFani said. I also have a genetically fearful GSD.
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