We rescued a Belgian Terv about a month ago. We are making lots of progress as she is very shy and timid. One thing I need help with: when we call her name, she will not come to us. When I come home after work and go outside to greet her, she is so happy and just runs around, tail wagging, etc. But she will NOT come to me for a few minutes and then finally inches up to let me pet her. If she walks away, she will stand a distance from me and no matter how much I call her name and say "come", she will not. Food treats do not work as she is totally uninterested. She will stand at the sliding glass door, staring in at us but when we go to let her in, she runs away and just stares at us. She won't come to us at all. What can I do????? Thanks Mignon
I wouldn't allow her to be able to. Put her on a leash, and even a long cable outside. Don't take the leash off, even inside. That way when you are asking her to come to you, you can pull the leash. When she gets to you, sit down and give her lots of praise(since treats don't work). She is learning, she doesn't have to come if she doesn't want to. It is a scary thing for a scared, timid dog. Keep a good hand on her will help understand that nothing bad will happen when she come to you.
Just remember she will be very scard, and may put on the brakes if you are pulling her towards you. I find a harness is a bit nicer then a collar, as you are not pulling on her neck. If you don't have the 3ft of snow like we do here right now, sit down and continue to talk soft and gentle as you are reeling her in (so to speak). When she gets to you, give her alot of good praise, get up slowly and walk inside. You should see a change fairly quickly.
She is just so scared of what might happen if she comes to you. I had a really timid dog, and it worked great for me. I pretty much kept her on the harness. For about the 1st year after I got her, she would go into an alligator death roll if we walked anywhere near people. She was just so freaked out. I was afriad she was going to break her neck, so I purchased the harness. It made thing much more secure. Good luck, and keep us updated on how she is doing.