My puppy... we have had her for about 2 months now... is terrified of people. She is super energetic with my boyfriend and i but is very scared of other people. She spent her first 3.5 months with a woman who was a hoarder... (lots of dogs and only one person) so i have been told that she missed out on critical socialization time but I am not sure what to do... she loves other dogs and will run around and play with them like crazy but other people... no way. she plays fetch with us and is quite affectionate... if someone else is around she sits and hides. Sometimes barks... but is generally just scared. Walks are hard... always avoiding people...
I'm having the same problem with my puppy. I got her when she was 9 weeks old, I bought her from a breeder. We are going to start puppy classes on the 18th, I'm hoping this will help her. I take her to work with me and every time someone comes in she "happy pees".
***Edited By: abbiesmom on 9/6/2006 12:56:30 PM*** Reason: add
One of our rescue dogs was abused by a woman, he had to have major surgery and then was placed in a rescue.
When I got him in June he was 4 months old and afraid of people. We socialized him by bringing practically everywhere we went, and would praise him if he did not bark at other people.
When people come to our house, we always keep treats at the door and let our guests give him a treat. With our "pet-lover" friends, we encourage them to pick the little one up, pet him and play with him. The intent was to show him that humans can be fun.
This has worked very well for us, and the little one now has much more confidence in other humans.
one of our pups was in the same situation. There was her, 14 other dogs and the breeder only. She lived in a cage for most of the time. She was 6 months old when we got her and she was very afraid of people. We tried to socialize her by taking her every where we went but this didn't work very well. We ended up getting another dog that LOVES people and he has taught her it's okay. She doesn't love people like he does but at least now she doesn't hide or shake and she will eventually go up to a person.
***Edited By: Littledogsmom on 9/6/2006 6:29:01 PM*** Reason: *
My dog Keeta, was abused badly as a puppy she was terrified of people like your pup. but with some gentle words andbringing people to slowley and they had to talk softley. but now she is better. She likes people now, but dogs other than Stanley she hates them.
we start puppy classes tonight so hopefully that will help. she doesn't pee.. only sometimes barks just runs and hides (but never too far she is still very curious)...
we bring her whereever we can... i take her on walks everyday... we always have friends over... everyone is sweet to her but she is just terrified.... she won't take treats from strangers or get close enough for them to pet her... we have to hold her and bring her to them... i don't know that this is good?
she will not be her active self in front of them... it is just really weird.