Terrified of children
For the past month and a half, Texas has been terrified of children. If she sees and hears children or a child, she become skittish and nervous. When I first got her, she was a bit aggressive with children; she would bark and try to bite them. Now, Texas can't even have a child try to reach out for her, even if the child has a treat; she starts pulling on the lead and trying to hide behind me. There were about two instances that she would actually try to get near the child and smell him or her, but then soon after would revert back to hiding.
I brought this up with my trainer, and she told me to continue having children come up to her with treats and try to find a calm child to do this, rather than the rowdy ones. I do walk her by children as much as I can and give her treats when she does well. Though usually, she will try to change the pace to get by as fast as we can or tries to change directions. Yesterday, she did well walking by a few children, some were even rowdy, but when we stopped she would try to hide again.
What would you recommend? How can I make her more comfortable around children? This could be a fear stage, but I just don't want it to be a permanent behavior. Texas is 7 months old.
Texas Lone Star Ranger Black GSD 06/10
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Last edited by RogueRed26; 02-12-2011 at 12:55 PM.