A little background on Julie. Julie was one of 9 puppies that I took in with the mama about a year ago. I gave her to a couple that is related to my husband. Well they did not get her fixed like they where suppose to and she got pregnant by their dog who is not neutured. They found homes for 3 of the 6 puppies. They themselves decided to keep one. So they where going to take the remaining puppies and Julie to the pound. Of course I was extremely ticked off and took Julie in myself. Puppies I know would have a better chance to find home before she would. And since she is extremely nervous around people (she is alot like her mama which I still own). She pees when she is nervous or scared and she becomes scared and the smalles thing. My husband got out of the bathroom the other day and just by shutting the door it scared her to death. She peed all over herself. My question is whats the best way to break a dog of being scared and nervous all the time. I am willing to work with her as well as I can. Is there anything I can do? Or is this something that she will always be like?
I have a dog that was similar to this. I have had her for about four years and she is much improved. My biggest recommendation is to teach her things. Anything will do. Tipper, my dog, learned to shake hands and she just seemed so proud. I really think it helped her a lot. Just last week I taught her to walk on the treadmill and she just waggles all over when she is done. She got a little over excited last night and tried to push my other dog off, so she could walk the treadmill too. Everytime she learns something new she seems to get a lot more confident about herself. My other advice would be to make her a spot that is just hers. A comfy blanket or a wire crate work well with my dogs. Tipper really likes to have her own space because like your dog sometimes little things scare her and she just needs to go chill out and escape a little.
I bought a horse many years ago. She was 6 years old when I got her. She was scaird of her own shadow. I was told by a horse women with tons of experience, "put the miles on her". She was right. By riding and riding and exposing her to new situations, people, dogs, trails and other horses--she became a gentle, confident horse. Same goes---put the miles on her. Take her out and make it fun. Long walks in parks and hiking trails. Expose her to new things in a positive way--with love and treats. Build her confidence one step at a time.
I hope it helps. Good luck with her and bless you for taking her in.
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Thank you for all the advise. I pretty much have to start from scratch with her she has absolutly no training. And right now its kind of hard with her emotional issues. But I will keep trying. Thanks for all the advise. We already have 4 dogs and 5 cats so this was a very unexpected and somewhat reluctant addition to our family, but I wont give up on her like the previous owners did.
One of the mini aussies I purchased was like that. I got her when she was six months, since I breed, I wanted to make sure she was good quality before I purchased her. Man was that a mistake. She was completly kennel raised, had no idea of a house, people or anything else. She is now 2yrs, and a show ring Champion. It was a long hard road. She is still skiddish of new people, as long as she doesn't have her show lead on. It gave her a job and gave her confidence. When we go herd sheep, she is a completly different dog and can really take charge.
I personally think if you take her everywhere, just a few places slowly she will in time gain the confidence. The peeing can go on till they are about a year. That is probably her personality (I have one like that to). It is submissive pee, and she is trying to be submissive to whatever the noise is. Always have a little baggie of treats and a few paper towels. As she meets new people, and hears new noises she will get used to things, and probably be a much better dog.
Crystal will still run and hide behind me when she really gets freaked out, but calms down quickly. I also crate train my dogs, and they sleep in them at night. Whenever someone new comes over, or she gets freaked out, she loves her crate. It is her safe spot, and I let her go in whenever she wants. All she has to do is go to the dog room door. It will make your baby a bit more comfortable in a crazy situation. good luck