Hi Forum Folks!
Well I would like to share some of the canine activity going on in my life and see what the DF folks have to say about it all. I have a people shy puppy and she is my first dog. My partner and I would like to get a second dog but imagined it would be in a year or two – having a pup is such a handful I thought it would be best to wait a bit, but the universe has a different idea.
Recently at our puppy class the trainer brought down Buddy, a golden/BC mix and let us know she needs to adopt him out. He is 3.5 years old and pretty much bomb proof. She even uses him with clients whose dogs are reactive or have various behavior problems, apparently he is excellent with calming dogs down and basically setting examples for desired behavior. She brought him to class specifically to meet my pup Baileymoon, a Jindo who is extremely shy and fearful of people. He was an amazing influence on her.
This has been my biggest burden with Bailey, she is a gem in every other way, wants to please and is good with training (thanks to some of the tips I get from DF!!) but when it comes to meeting people we are getting zero progress. I know she is young, and at five months will be fearful of many things but I take her to town EVERYDAY and spend time at the café meeting people of all kinds and in the four months I have had her-- no progress. Now since she is getting bigger its becoming a real downer: jerking to the end of the leash while cowering at passersby, hiding under chairs and tables, even knocking them over sometimes when people stop to look at her etc. Everyone thinks she is an abused animal from a shelter and it breaks my heart. Absolutely breaks my heart. (getting teary just thinking of this now) I do every positive reinforcement method out there for her, have read so many books about cautious and fearful dogs and am getting near my wits end.
Finally here is the crux of my post: when she is around other dogs her fear of people disappears, poof! She does not care if literally five people pet her at once! All she wants to do is have fun with the other dog, get treats from people, lick hands and is a total happy, social, friendly gem! When the other dog exits the scene its right back to the old fearful self and total avoidance of people. ~~Sigh~~ I don’t want you dear readers to think I would ever consider getting a dog for my dog but Buddy is a rare opportunity and could be great big brother for my pup to learn from. Mainly he is very loveable and sweet and I would consider him a great candidate for adoption into our life. Fearful pup or no, Buddy is his own self and I want to honor his awesome doggyness too!!
We are taking him on for a two week trial run this week. I am nervous! He is well behaved and is very good in general, but I am a novice dog owner and have fears and apprehensions about going from zero to double trouble so quickly!!
Any thoughts, insights, opinions or advice wise DF members? (And THANK YOU for reading this very long post!!!)