My 6 year old Beagle Biscuit is the biggest scardey cat! She's a 13 inch Beagle, petite. She was in a laboratory for the first 6 months of her life. At the lab, they tortured her- putting soap in her eyes, debarking her, keeping her in a cement crate. When the person who i got her from rescued her, she didn't even know what grass was. i've had her for 5 years, but some things still get to her. The lab testing has left her perminitaly damaged. She spooks at the slightest things, like a loud noise or just the sight of *big* objects (garbage cans, basketball hoops) scares her, and It makes me feel bad. Does anyone have any ideas on what to do with her?! Thanks Sarah
I actually didn't adopt her... I got her for free. my Border Collie Misty had died just 3 days earlier (she choked on a stick, pretty devistating), and I heard of Biscuit from a friend. I am so happy I got her though, she is great. Thanks Sarah
It's so great that she found a loving home. You may never fix the things that she is afraid of, just keep loving her and try not to transfer your anxiety to her, like when you come across something you think she might be afraid of, you might alter your behavior without realizing and put her on alert. Try to be nonchalent when she is afraid, don't cuddle her, just tell her, "its okay" and move on. If she senses that you are confident, maybe she will be more confident, too.
okay now don't think i am daffy for suggesting this because i got the idea from the guy who temperament teted scout last weekend. the dogs in the temp. test had to experience alot of unfamiliar, and loud things. and this is what he told us to do if our dogs seemed sppoked. when you come across an object that seems to be spooking the dog. ignore your dog and go to the object and start talking to it in a real high goofy non threatening voice. kinda like the voice you use to praise her. so let's say she is afraid of a bucket. ignore her and go up to the bucket on your knees and start saying " good bucket, oh what a lovely bucket you are. such a nice little bucket " all in a happy voice. the dog senses your happy tone and sees you making friends with the bucket and then may think the bucket isn't so scary after all. keep telling the bucket how great it is until your dog comes up and sniffs it. when your dog loses interest, stop talking to the bucket and move on. don't speak to the dog and don't drag her to the bucket.
But Scout, what if I do not really feel that way about my bucket. That put a mental imagine in my head that will stay there for a while. If my husband walked in while I was talking to a bucket, I hate to tell you what my future would be like. He would have me right where he wanted me.
My malinos was afraid of water, rivers and lakes,oceans. my other 2 dogs were not. My malinois was not liking goinjg to the beach and i thought this really was not letting him enjoy life. So, I tried everything toys, reassurring and his cure... making him deal with it. now i am talking about picking him and thwing him int he water. what i did was put a collar and a leash on him and ran up and down the beach. then in a blicink of an eye ran in to the water with him on the other end of the leash. everytime he resited or showed fear i corrected with a firm jerk on the leash and a disapproving NAH! when he would advance into the water i gave him a good boy eventually we aere in deep water and he splashed a paniced. i never touched him or counsoled him i just keep disapproving. after he calmed down a bit i throw him a ball and praised let him go back to shore. then i repeated but this time throwing the ball right next to him. i kept this up all afternoon (I know time consuming...but that is what it takes some times)everytime i took him out he would have to swim, on his own, a little farther. he now loves the water. and this fear I was told by many people, "you will never cure him, he will always be afriad" well That sound like a challenge to me. You see everytime we coddle a dog when it is afraid we are rewrding his fear. causing neurosis. past experices may be are dogs cause for some of there fears, but we do have a part in feeding those fears. and a responsibility to help our pups get over them. so, they can enjoy life.
is biscuit food motivated? well i guess with a name like biscuit he must be. anyway, put his favorite treats on the bucket too. or liver or something he can't resist. and put a lot of it on there. sometime when he's eating off the bucket have a string tied to it and move it a little. apply this to other objects, too.
Poor Bisc... What lab.. please don't save Dove.. I will boycott. that is absolutely horrible. And to debark a dog is SICK! I hope there is a hot fiery pit of torture for people who abuse children, animals and the elderly. Humans suck!