1yr dog fearful of people
Anyone know any tips for me on how to get my dog to over come her fear of people in a nonaggressive way ?
6 years ago
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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