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> Nervousness
post 15th Mar 2012, 11:50 am
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Hi guys,
I am sure this has been posted about many times before, so appologies if you are fed up with reading about this topic!
Our Beagle is 1 and a half, we got her at six months from a family who couldn't cope with her (they were out all day, didn't have time for her, couldn't cope with her constant barking etc, but that's a whole different post!). She was VERY nervous, scared of everything, cars and esp couldn't cope if men were about. We sorted out the barking no probs and her fear of cars is so much better, just frets if a lorry passes. Although tons better with her nervousness it is still a BIG issue.
For instance, a guy coming towards us, she panics, then the Postie on a bike comes from behind us, she can't cope, panics terrible and tries to get away anywya possible, doesn't bark just petrified.
She pulled REALLY bad when we first got her (not interested in food to train her) so she is walked on a gentle leader which solves that problem of her pulling.
What can I do? Would getting another older more mature dog help with her confidence? After she has spent time with my Mum's much older greyhound she comes home a lot more calm but only lasts a couple of days!
If I were to go to training classes, what would they suggest we do?
From what the previous owners had said it didn't sound like she had been socialised as a puppy and goodness knows why she has issues with men.
She is fantastic in the house, does as she is told and no trouble.
Any ideas?
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post 16th Mar 2012, 8:39 am
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I think it might help if you got a little booklet by Pat McConnell called The Cautious Canine smile.gif

It will certainly give you some thoughts and ideas as to how to work with a nervous doglet.

Training classes may be ok at some stage, but if you go do ensure they are run by someone modern and that there are not too many dogs in the class and that they are very well run. There are a variety of classes, you may find one that teaches tricks and fun games etc might be suitable as long as your dog shows no signs of stress. I'd tend to work on her first though before you considered classes smile.gif

When or if you do try classes, listen to what she says to you about them smile.gif and read up on dog body languge if you are not already good at that, as it will help to work out how she feels .

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If you find you wish to get some professional help regarding your dog, try www.apbc.org.uk as it may be easier in the long run to get someone on board and have a sort of behaviour plan with support smile.gif

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