01-30-2019, 07:38 PM
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Cambridge MA
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Yeah my dog is sensitive and I think was abused before so shuts down very easily. Well in my opinion. Quite the opposite from my rough and tumble last dog of almost twelve years that was bold and brazen and very tough in every way. Didn't care if you yelled at him, never took anything personally, was kind of like "what's your problem? Get over it and have fun!" No matter what or would just give you a time out lol or lick your face off to make people happy.
This dog will run and hide in his crate if he even thinks that my tone starts to sound frustrated if he doesn't do a command the first time. Or if I'm trying to medicate my cat with cancer, who's fearless and hates medication so bites, claws, cuffs, runs, spits it in my face, and fights like a caged tiger every day, or stop another dog from chasing a cat, or eating his food, he runs and hides.
Or if another dog in the park jumps on me or nips and I tell it a strong no or off he gets worried.
Even when it's not directed at him, he gets stressed at hearing me firm or angry.
If he hears anyone else yelling or raising their voice, he will bark and growl and lunge at them because he thinks they're threatening us. Unless I praise him for being quiet and give him bacon treats.
So we do a lot of bonding stuff, especially since I have to medicate my cat two or three times a day and it's always a struggle. Hard not to say ouch and knock it off when you get bitten and scratched daily. He really hates meds but it's crucial he gets them. Sweetest loving cat for everything else.