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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by donnas1977, Oct 2, 2013.


  1. donnas1977

    donnas1977 PetForums Senior

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    Hello

    looking for some info. we have recently rehomed a mastiff x (she is crossed with a bulldog). Is a very gentle girl but is really scared of most things. Any loud noises she just about jumps, tail gets clamped again. She has a fear of men and is gradually coming round to my husband although this is taking time. we only had her a week and half so it is very early days.

    Any ideas on how to gradually make her less scared of noises? We thought she was getting on ok but a shutter slammed at shop last night while walking and she seems quite quiet again. She is only 1.5 yrs old. Not too sure on her history on how she was treated before. We are going to take her to dog training classes but was letting her settle in for a few weeks before we do that with her.

    Thanks

    Donna x
     
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    considerthis PetForums Member

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    it is early days, but the fact she is coming round to men in this short space of time, means she understand things are different with you and your family. keep that reinforced at all times, 'things are ok here.' its true thou like people say about not over comforting a dog, fireworks and other scary noises. try not to make a big deal, she will she you guys being calm when these noises happen and start to do the same. if you fuss too much when loud noises happen you reinforce the need for comfort. when it happens just say calmy it's ok, lay down. rescue dogs are so rewarding, well done you. pics?? :D
     
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    donnas1977 PetForums Senior

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    Here she is :001_tt1:
     

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    considerthis PetForums Member

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    aaaaaaawwwwwww cute puppy! :001_tt1:
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    It can take quite a while for a rescue (especially one with "history") to settle completely. So, I would just say give her time and space and she will slowly learn that you are her "safe place" and will reward you in spades :)

    Even after nearly 2 years, Jack sometimes shows signs of a less than perfect/happy past but he soon settles again. You will learn the things that trigger a negative reaction and be able to either avoid them or desensitize her over time.

    If she is accepting your husband, then she has the potential to be a truly happy dog.

    Good luck and bless you for taking her on.

    P.S. She is a beautiful girl :)
     
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