Hi there i have another question i realize it is normal for a period of adjustment for a puppy getting used to a new environment. But our new puppy is 9mths old and acts terrified of my husband, he cowers, puts his tail inbetween his legs. I am concerned that his previous owners may have abused him. Wil we be able to regain his trust?
He is a beagle a pure bred. I bought him from a breeder he was going to be her new stud but she became ill and sold her male and female. It wasn't a puppymill or anything like that but he was kenneled with a female rotti that demonstrated alot of dominance over him. He is so gentle with my kids it is perfect. But around myself and especially my husband very skittish.
My advice to you both is to ignore him slightly, don't make a huge fuss of him, or corner him trying to pet him (exaggeration) but let him come to you. Have a pocket full of treats, and give him one if he shows some exceptional affection, like trying to get on your knee, or at this point, just coming to you for pets. Have your husband lay on the floor, or sit down low. Keep your voices fairly low, and he'll come around. It's possible that he just isn't socialized very well. Does he like going for walks? Perhaps your husband could do that with him, or both of you go together, with your husband holding the leash, and piling on the praise. Good luck, I'm sure he will soon come out of his shell.
I have a mini aussie like that, I got her at 6months to be a show/breed dog, and I dont think the breeder socalized her at all. My husband drives for a living, so he isn't home very often. It took her about 9-10months to get used to him, but she did. He would sit on the floor and wait with a treat. she isn't very food orianted, so it didn't work very well. She ignored her most of the time, and I would wear his jacket/shirt occasionally to get her used to his smell. In time she went to him, and things just kinda went along. He would put the food done, and give her treats when he could. It takes alot of patience, but I am sure your beagle will come around also.
BTW--she needs one more major for her Champion. Not bad for a dog scard of people
This is getting awful our beagle is so scared of my husband he is hiding anywhere he can. I am very certain he was physically abused by his previous owners. He cowers and cringes and expects violence. We are being very very patient, but when my husband is home there is no enjoyment with our fur baby. He is 9mths and intact, the vet suggested neutering might help???? Has anyone heard of this? And when or even will we ever see an improvment with his fear of my husband?
Mamaof5, yes, you will definitely see an improvement if you persevere in how you treat the dog. I would suggest putting him on a leash, and talking quietly to him, and if your husband comes in, just tell him to say hi and keep moving. Sooner or later your dog will realize you husband isn't going to hurt him.