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Advice On Friends Dog!

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by mr.stitches, Dec 23, 2009.


  1. mr.stitches

    mr.stitches PetForums VIP

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    Hi All

    I posted earlier about looking after my friends dogs.

    One is a rescue and is known to be nervous around men and children. However, I think due to the fact that he is out of his home and his owner is away,he is feeling more insecure than usual. He barks each time OH comes into the room, even if OH goes out for just a minute.

    My Mum and Uncle Came round before, he is over for Xmas and havnt seen him for a few years. The nervous dog did bark as expected. But he went to sniff my Mum who just put her hand out to him and he suddenly lurched towards her and growled.

    My friend is away until 4th Jan and I feel my Xmas has been disrupted more than anticipated. I glad the dogs are with me, as my friend works 7 hours a day so they are getting one to one attention and more playtime, but it has just put a limit of where i go over Xmas and who comes to see us. I did put the dog in a different room after the Mum incident.

    Any tips?
     
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    katiefranke PetForums VIP

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    I know it isn't going to solve the issue, but is the dog crate trained?

    If so, could you put him out the way in a quiet place in his crate in another room while people are over? Maybe give him something nice in a kong to keep him occupied etc? Cover the crate with blanket on al but one side to make it like a den and don't let people disturb him etc etc?

    Otherwise do the same kind of thing but in a room that is out the way and leave him things to do/play with & kongs to keep his mind of the visitors?

    Hopefully the above would keep the stress of the dog down to a minimum and your stress too!!
     
  3. mr.stitches

    mr.stitches PetForums VIP

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    My friend got him when he was 8 months he is now 2. He used a crate when she first got him, but not since then. He was from a pound in Ireland and has obviously had a very bad start. I shall have to just put him in the conservatory when people call. Its just not the Christmas I had planned and am wishing it away just so my friend comes back! I keep thinking be positive, its Christmas....but its just a tad stressfull!
     
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    katiefranke PetForums VIP

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    Yes I can imagine! As if Christmas isn't stressful enough as it is!!! Poor you :(

    My friend's dog doesn't have much of an issue with visitors these days, but I remember she always used to give him a stuffed kong out the back in her utility every time people came over cos he was very scaredy, and he loved it...he expects it now too and I am pretty sure sees visitors as a good thing as they are a cue to the kong coming along!! :)

    So maybe you could try this at least in the conservatory? At least then it should keep him occupied and you won't have to worry he is out there on his own bored or upset cos he will have something mega tasty!
     
  5. dodigna

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    Poor baby, he sounds like a bag of nerves!
    The fact that he snarled at your mum I think it means he wasn't ready to be approached, he was interested in meeting her, but she reached out too early, I think it is best if anybody avoids any eye contact with him and try giving out a lot of calming signals like yawning and keep your eyes semi closed and very relaxed movements. He will need to adjust and if you are going to have people around it is best to keep him in a room were he feels safe.

    If you have some rescue remedy make sure he always has a few drops in his water, did your friend ever used DAP products with him, they are very effective for some dogs, the collar and plug take a long time, but the spray is very effective and within minutes and for around an hour. I had to spray constant during fireworks.

    I hope he gets a little calmer in the coming days!
     
  6. mr.stitches

    mr.stitches PetForums VIP

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    Thank you people for the advice!

    My partner is going to start making him work for treats, sit, down etc rather than just giving him treats. We are also going to put him in the conservatory when people come round, give him treats...may bring him in once people are settled and just tell them to ignore him.

    I do feel sorry for him, but I do also want to have a good Xmas!

    I dont think my friend has tried DAP products.

    I know though that for the dogs own good he needs to be socialised more, gradually over time, so he can be calmer around people. It must be awful for him to feel scared all the time.
     
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