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Puppy is still scared

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Shilo, May 13, 2019.

  1. Shilo

    Shilo PetForums Newbie

    May 13, 2019
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    Our family adopted a cockapoo puppy2 weeks ago and he is a lot closer to me and my sister, but he is still afraid of my parents and brother. My understanding he was the last of the litter to be adopted so he was with his mom and aunt till he was 11 weeks old and he was mostly raised by the wife and daughter.

    It has been two weeks and he is still scared of my parents and brother. We have tried treats, spending alone time, playing, and handing him to the family members to hold him but he will run away and hide from them (my sister and I both tried being with them and walking out of the room). At this point I don't know what to do.
  2. Jamesgoeswalkies

    Jamesgoeswalkies PetForums VIP

    May 8, 2014
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    I suspect you are all trying too hard - handing a frightened puppy to (therefore forcing them to interact with) someone they are anxious about will quite simply make the puppy more anxious about that person as they will think that everytime that person appears this is going to happen.

    Give puppy time and space - your parents and brother need to completely ignore pup - do not try to go towards him or try to touch him just be themselves in and around the house until pup feels more confident about having them there and trusts them enough to maybe start interacting. But this must be done at pups pace and it may take time.

    Your parents/brother could put puppies food bowl down (and then walk away) or accompany you all on a walk but they have to learn to take a pace back until pup is ready.

    Now if your puppy is highly anxious - how is pup with other dogs and people when out and about? - then you will have to socialise him thoroughly but carefully and it may be an idea to perhaps get a trainer on board to help you with this.

    Burrowzig, O2.0, Bobbie and 4 others like this.
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