11-25-2013, 10:17 AM
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I have a 5mo old pup who is a central asian shepherd, caucasian shepherd mix... She's fine generally with new places, loud noises (perfectly fine hanging out at a mechanic shop all day) new smells, ect... but whenever I walk her and she encounters a new person or new dog, her hackles go straight up and she falls over either onto me or behind me. She's fine with watching people walk past the house (though she's always very suspicious of them lol) or getting used to people who come in every now and then.. but god is she ever terrified of strangers! That goes for strange dogs too. She warms up easily but how do I teach her that strangers are not something to be terrified of?
I know now she looks cute and timid but I can't imagine when she's over 100lbs that she wont try any fear biting or anything and Id like her to be calm before she's oversized.. but I dont know what to do anymore. Im there for her when she's afraid, but I worry about coddling her too much and teaching her that its okay to be afraid...
Any suggestions? I kinda live in a small town too so she doesnt get much exposure to strangers.