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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-30-2019, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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How to get her over her fear of men

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I adopted a gorgeous 4 year old German Shepherd from a kill shelter about 2 months ago now. She’s been an absolute delight and follows me around wherever I go. She gets along with everyone, but is scared of my father. Ever since she came home she’s been wary of him and her tail always goes down when he’s near. We think she was abused by someone who looks like him or just another large man.

I’m wondering how we might help her get over this fear. It makes my dad so sad that she scared of him when all he wants is to love on her and play with her.

Any tips are appreciated!! Thank you 🙂
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-30-2019, 12:37 AM
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It’s not uncommon for GSD’s to be leery of men.

I’d have your dad be the main feeder in the house. Treats, daily meals, bully sticks. It will help condition the dog that your dad equates to yummy stuff.
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Also if he could allow her to approach him instead of going towards her or reaching for her it will help.When she decides he's not so scary after all,he should touch her chest or chin and avoid coming from above.Many times dogs feel threatened being approached from above or someone leaning over them.Patience and no pressure.
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Time and patience. A friend's rescue was afraid of me for a couple years, eventually she came to me when I sat down then we were buds for the rest of her life.


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Social just be prepared that your had may never warm up to your father regardless of the treats. Btw, congrats on the rescue.
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In my experience, the more urgent a person feels they "need" to connect with the dog, the longer the dog will resist it. Best bet is for your dad to stop wanting to connect so badly, give the dog its space and let it make the first approach.

Is there some reason that you "believe" the dog was ever abused, or abused by someone similar to your father? Many times people assume this type of thing and then treat the dog with "kid gloves" so to speak. In other words, show her innapropriate sympathy, which in any case is not so helpful! The sooner you get over that frame of mind the better, because it won't help your dog!

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. Mark Twain

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