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I can't believe a dog can be scared of men .

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by metaldog, Sep 19, 2013.


  1. metaldog

    metaldog PetForums VIP

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    I was walking down the canal tow path this evening when I came across group of 8 fishermen congregated at one peg. They very politely parted to let me past with the dogs, but I knew Shannow would never walk in between 2 groups of men because she's still terrified of men. So I asked them nicely if they would mind all moving onto one side because my dog is terrified of men and one of them said, "Well that's a new one on me. I don't believe you, they look fine to me" while looking at Pippi and Bizkit who were on the walking belt out in front of me tails wagging. When I drew his attention to Shannow who was cowering under the hedge behind me he looked really shocked and then he moved out of the way so we could get past.

    My dog is a complete fruit loop and I can't help her. I don't have any male friends, never ever have male visitors, my dad died, I only have a sister and my daughter is a lesbian so there really is no hope for Shannow to meet 'friendly stooge' men :rolleyes:
     
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  2. Sleeping_Lion

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    It's possible with well socialised dogs, Zasa spooks at random people, ok, it doesn't have to be a bloke, but it's bloomin annoying when you've booked her in for a show, and she decides she doesn't like the judge. And it is always the judge she doesn't like, everyone else is fine. I'm hoping she matures out of it, it doesn't happen every time, but it's a b*gga when it does!!
     
  3. metaldog

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    At least Shannow is consistently a fruit loop. I know exactly how she is going to act in any given situation. I can't imagine how frustrating the not knowing is.

    I don't think Shannow was ever socialised with anything except women and children in the home because that's all she comfortable with :(
     
  4. myshkin

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    It's a shame you haven't got a nice stooge for her. Shorty was terrified of men, but living with OH was the best medicine. He started out cringing to the floor when well-intentioned men tried to pet him, after about 18 months he would actually approach certain types ( he liked older chaps, tall, with white hair). I do honestly think it can only happen when they have enough time and space to work it out.
    If we were closer I'd offer out OH for nice, gentle bloke services. :)
     
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    Bess is similar. Not all men (which can be worse as I'm not expecting it). So I sympathise.

    Bess doesn't like pushchairs, or mobility scooters. :rolleyes: we don't come across many on our country walks.
     
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    Gruff had a massive freak out the first time he saw a pushchair! Fortunately, after I apologised and explained to the dad pushing it, he turned out to be very understanding and offered to wait while we walked past a few times. Problem solved.
     
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