My 11week Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy is scared of my husband. He will avoid going near him if he can and loves to just be around me. We have used treats to get him to go to my husband, but it hasn't worked. My husband feels terrible and we really need some advice. please help!
Oh! poor little guy, (the puppy). There are all kinds of reasons that your puppy could be scared of your husband, but now the trick is to fix that. Does he have a loud voice? Maybe he could try speaking in a really quiet voice, if he does and even if he does'nt. Maybe try letting the puppy come to him on his own terms, because pretty soon the little guy will figure out that your husband loves him too.It's hard to know what he's so scared of. How long have you had him, and where did you buy him?
I agree with pen! Let the little guy come on his own. Maybe while you are watching tv, have your husband sit on the floor and just kinda ignore your puppy. Maybe put his favorite blanket close to your husband. It will take time but bribing him won't help. Where you got him may play an important roll. if you can't fis it, mention it to your vet. This could be a problem in the long run if it doesn't get fixed. How is he around other men?? Maybe have a man party... LOL
Try letting him come on his own. If he doesn't, have your husband and the pup in a large room together and have your husband toss a few treats. Once the pup starts eating them, have him toss them closer to himself. Once the pup comes close enough, hopefully he'll take treats out of your husbands hand. Make sure your husband's either crouching or sitting on the floor to not look so big and scary to the pup.
If that doesn't work, try getting the pup's favorite toy, play with him, then toss the toy by your husband. Or once you leash train the pup (unless it's already leash trained) take him out for a walk with your husband following. Eventually let your husband take the leash and hopefully the pup won't panic or even notice. After a while, make walking one of the pup's favortie thing and it'll come running if you say 'walk'. Once that happens, have your husband stand by the door and say it. The pup should come running and eventually see your husband as a good thing.
Well, hope that helps.
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My sister adopted a puppy that had apparently been abused by a man early in her life (there were some scars on her back that might have been cigarette burns). She was absolutely terrified of men and would cringe, bark at them and try to hide behind us/run away if one came into her eyesite. When my brother met the puppy the same thing happened, so finally one day (after he had been around Shadow for about a month) he spent the entire afternoon with a box of treats in his lap. He put some on the floor (almost like a trail to the chair) and after those were eaten, he began gently tossing them to her getting a little closer to the chair each time. He then began trying to get her to eat out of his hand. It apparently took him all day and half the box of treats but Shadow finally took the treat from his hand. Once she had taken four or five that way he slowly tried to pet her. By the end of the day Shadow was sitting by his chair letting him pet her.
After that for about 2 weeks, he made certain he always had treats in his pockets and gave them to Shadow whenever they were in the same room together. Then the treats weren't needed any longer.