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Old 07-21-2012, 09:06 PM
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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post.

Back in April we adopted Beans from a breeder and she was a cage breeder "puppy mill" type situation. She is not as bad off as some that I have seen online doing some research.

We had to cut her hair when we got her as it was dirty and matted, she was 6 pounds over weight and was very scared.

The issues we are having is her fear of men and new people. My husband will feed her in the am and walk her but she is still acting like she is scared of him. She has taken to me with no issues but the breeder that had her was a woman so I think that not being around men at all in her life is a reason for her fear. We have just been putting her in situations with men that we know VERY well that we can trust so that she learns that everyone is nice and no one will ever lock her in a cage or hurt her again.


has anyone delt with this sort of issue and is there something else we should be doing for her?
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Thank you for rescuing her. Fear of men is a commen fear for dogs, I think it's their deeper voices and the way the act. It doesn't always mean a man was mean to her. If you have men over for her to socialize with her, have them sit on the floor and ignore her. Maybe set a really yummy treat next to them, but ignore her. If she comes and gets the treat, then they can set out another one, maybe a bit closer to them, but continue to ignore her. Eventually, she will come up to them for attention. Have them give a slow pat on the back, not the head as that is scary and go back to ignoring her. After a while, could be days or longer, I bet she will start to crawl into their laps. Just have to take it slow and go at her pace.
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I had a Shepherd Rotti mix that was abused by a male wearing a baseball cap as a young puppy. I started out easy with her. I had my dad give her treats by going up to her then give her treats when she came up to him then moved from treats to love and then moved to guy friends. Chelsea was still only a 3 month old pup at this time. Slowly she overcame her fear but she would still watch closely anyone with a cap on.

She never tried to hurt anyone except for a cop that pulled me over for speeding. She was 120lbs and my Sharpei, Rip Van Wrinkles, at the time was 85 lbs. Both dogs unsnapped their seat belts (how no clue) and Chelsea pinned me to my seat with her head at the window all teeth. Rip came around the back between my seat and the window all teeth. They were just protecting me honestly and needless to say the cop told me to slow down and go on. My two kids got a cheeseburger on the way home for getting me out of the ticket. LOL
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thanks guys, everything you said to do is slowly working ad we are seeing improvement. Beans started to play last night with my hand and fingers and then my hubby tried and she ws hitting his hand with her paw and wanting him to play. I think we had a break through!
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