How can I help socialize my fearful r...

How can I help socialize my fearful rescue dog? HELP FOR PET OW...

There are 3 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jun 29, 2009, titled How can I help socialize my fearful rescue dog? HELP FOR PET OW.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Q: We recently adopted an adorable medium-size fluffy dog from a local rescue. She looks to be a mix between a Samoyed and possibly shepherd, about 2. We named her ''Fluffy'' for obvious reasons! She's very skittish around small children and men, freezing and sometimes growling when they try to pet her or hug her.

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Suzanne

Macungie, PA

#1 Jun 29, 2009
Doesn't a person who adopts a rescue dog have ANY input into caring for them!!!! Read the BOOKS, get a trainer, call the Dog Whisperer!!~@& Otherwise you have hurt the dog by NOT knowing how to care for him.
RtrvrMom

Kansas City, MO

#2 Jun 30, 2009
Suzanne wrote:
Doesn't a person who adopts a rescue dog have ANY input into caring for them!!!! Read the BOOKS, get a trainer, call the Dog Whisperer!!~@& Otherwise you have hurt the dog by NOT knowing how to care for him.
While I agree with you on most points, it sounds like the person is doing that by asking here.
I doubt they're hurting the dog, just probably lost some valuable training time.
And they need a behaviorist. If the dog's fears are such that they're concerned about biting- training will just be the starting point.
Think of training as education. It does not make up for a person who needs a doctor (psychologist when talking about fears/emotions). Their Vet should be able to suggest someone.
I,m writing from experience, one of my Rtrvrs has fear issues.
Debbie Jacobs

West Bethel, ME

#3 Jul 4, 2009
Visit http://www.fearfuldogs.com for lots of info about working with shy, fearful or anxious dogs.

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