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Old 10-05-2014, 09:32 PM
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Why is my puppy afraid of my mother?

Hi! My mother and I recently got a Alaskan husky/blue heeler mix female puppy from a Alaskin husky breeder, before we got her, the owner said the puppies he had were very skiddish and when we arrived to choose a puppy we could tell they were absolutely terrified, the owner had to drag them out of the small cage he had them in. We just thought that the fear in the puppy that we named baylee would pass, but she soon took a liking to me liking but she still acts a tad cautious, but she is still absoutly terrified of my mother. My mother has shown nothing but love and kindness tward her. She has a hard time coming in side, and when she dose she runs away tward my room as fast as she can, she has a hard time eating if my mom is around, she hasn't shown any interest in the dog toys we have or even attempted to play at all with me or our other dog (who is really playful and gets alog with people and dogs really well). I really don't know what to do
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Old 10-05-2014, 09:51 PM
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How is she around other people? Or has she even met other people? Dogs very often form tight bonds with one person or a close group and don't want to have much contact with others. If she's fine with others and has a fear towards your mother in particular then that's a little odd. Try to have your mother (and any others in the household) take a more active role in the dog care. She's more likely to accept your mom as a friendly figure in her life if she feeds her, lets her out, gives her tasty treats, etc.

How old is the puppy, and how old was she when you got her? It's not uncommon for dogs taken from their mothers too early to have fear issues, and it's not uncommon for people to (either knowingly or not) force the pups out of the nest too early. That especially seems like it may be the case because she doesn't know how to play with toys.

When I was four my parents got me a kitten that bonded with me very strongly and immediately. She hated the rest of the world besides me and my father, and she wasn't always too fond of him. She didn't much care for my father, and she HATED my brother. She died earlier this year at the age of 18 and hated him up until the very end. He was never mean to her and actually didn't have much to do with her at all. She didn't care, and hated him anyway. Some animals are simply one person animals. They still need to learn how to accept and interact with the rest of the world, but it seems as though she's latched on to you as my cat did to me from the beginning.
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It sounds like the puppies were basically raised in a feral manner--with very little contact with humans, does this sound possible? If so the socialization work that you need to do with her over the next few weeks is going to be absolutely crucial for her development, do as much research on this as you can.

A great website for information is fearfuldogs.com. A book that I have read twice, that is super helpful is Help For Your Fearful Dog by Nicole Wilde.

Basically what you want to teach her is that humans are the source of all good things (food, toys, fun, love) and nothing bad comes from them. Never force her to be somewhere or do something that she is uncomfortable with. Don't allow people to approach her or pet her against her will--she must come to them. If she won't take food from your mom, have your Mom toss treats or kibble behind her and to the side (so she doesn't have to come closer to get them).

Hopefully being around a very well socialized dog will help her come around. If you haven't had her long (less than 2 weeks) she might still be adjusting. Good luck and keep us posted with your progress!
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