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Old 07-10-2018, 08:50 AM
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Dog scared of people

A few months ago I met a young dog (they said 11 months) at a local rescue group. She is the sweetest dog but she has high anxiety and it took her weeks to come out of her shell for me. At the time we got her, the kids were in school. School is now out for summer and she either hates or is petrified of my son. She is very timid around anyone other than me. She is accepting of my husband and daughter but she freaks out whenever y son comes around. She growls, barks, hides, and have even literally crapped at the sight of him. He is 16, has never harmed her or the other dogs in the house (we have two others) and I have no idea why she would behave this way towards him. I can see it in his face that it breaks his heart that the go will not accept him. She is fine on a lash, is not frightened of any other dogs, is timid around any people but will accept their touch. When forced, she will allow my son to pet her. She has never snapped or bitten him but she is definitely irrationally frightened of him.

All that being said, I went to the rescue to ask for help. I was told they won't offer any assistance. They will not have their vet look at her for this, they will not diagnose or treat her anxiety. I was hoping that they would test her on meds because if she can overcome her fear of my son we'd like to adopt her. She really is a doll that just wants to love.

Can anyone recommend anything we can do with her to get her used to my son? So far, we tethered her to one of the other dogs for a few days so that she could see that she could sense the other dogs energy, we contacted a local training group who work with fosters (they advised me to return her but they never met her it was just a phone consult) and we try to socialize her as much as possible. Any advice is so appreciated. We really do not want to send her back as she's bonded with her foster brother dog and myself, and I don't think the rescue really cares about her one ay or the other.
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Have your son sit with someone she does trust on the floor, or even lay down on the floor, He is not to move, no matter what the dog does. Let her sniff and explore him with no reaction from him, then, when she is calm near him, he can give her a treat.

It may take a few times but, she will learn that he is only good, quiet and, slow moving, he won't startle or hurt her.
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thanks for your feedback. we have been having him sit with her and offering her cheese (it seems to be her kryptonite.) she will take the cheese from him most of the time but we haven't tried him just being there near her. Usually he pets her. we will try him just being near her. Note, she is always leashed when he is near her.
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