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1yr dog fearful of people

September 13, 2009 | By Kimmie28 | 2 comments

1yr Zena with water

I have a 1yr old oldde eng./mas. bull dog mix . I got her when she was 6mos .I have been taking her to the dog park . She is good with socialization with other dogs but when a person she don't know comes up to her she will cower away or snip at them . I have to use a muzle with her when ever we are going to be around people. I did have a dog trainer come and work with her . She said its out of fear that she snip at people then she did the Alph dog roll with her to get her to know she was in charge . now my dog is even more fearful of people and was a big set back for me.
Anyone know any tips for me on how to get my dog to over come her fear of people in a nonaggressive way ?
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Kimmie28
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Kimmie28
4 years ago

Thank you for your help
I have started taking her one walks and talking to her when people come up to her . Its early yet but hope this will work .
Kim and Zena

Michele K.
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Michele K.
4 years ago

Hi Kimmie,
I adopted a dog from the pound who was 2 and had been abused. She cowered on her belly when she'd meet people on walks and hide under tables when people came over. I think it took about a year or so for her to lose that. We just reassured her with petting and our voices and continued normal walks, etc. The dog park can get a bit hairy and maybe the fact that there are so many off leash dogs along with the people causes your dog increased excitement and anxiety. Maybe if you just go for walks, telling those who ask about your dog that she's just getting used to people and please don't pet her, just speak to her in a friendly tone so she does not feel threatened by the possibility of touching will help. Ask your friends to come over often to visit and do the same, staying for hours Even if you need to gate her off where she can see them but not get close at first will help. You've had her half her life & she's a young dog. This can work out.

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