BC-Liz Posted July 19, 2007 Report Share Posted July 19, 2007 Hi, My b/f and I adopted Masi (see picture below) in Feb. or this year. She came from W. Virginia where she lived on a farm with another b/c. She was never socialized...at all. The only other dog she knew was the other b/c and the only people she knew were her owners. She never really trusted the man. When the wife passed away and the man started getting back problems he proclaimed that he was moving the other BC into the house (I guess they lived in the barn?) and that since Masi didn't respond to him that he needed to find her a new home. He gave her to Bimmers BC rescue where we got her. That's all that I know about her. She has been very shy of new people ever since we met her (she wouldn't even come up to us but to sniff and run away when we first met her). Since she's been with us she's grown to mostly trust my b/f, she's starting to trust our male roommate (new developement this week), and while innitially meeting new people she'll inch up to get some loving (now she loves her lovin and will nudge your hand till you pet her). When we first met her she was nipping at our other two BC's (who love everything they meet). Now she's excited about meeting a new dog and will go sniff and greet them immediately but then if they are pushy she'll start showing her teeth and barking or hiding by me. So she's come a long way and has done very well so far. But I think she's hit a pleatue (I somewhat blame my b/f). She's not confident at all and will hold her head down when you pet her. She gets scared VERY easily (this is what I blame my b/f for b/c he'll do it intentionally sometimes ). I want her to be like my other BC's who are so nice and happy all the time and just love people and kids and dogs and are just carefree (unless you have a ball). I've been trying to socialize her, we bring the dogs to friends housed that have other dogs and to the park but that's pretty much it so far. I've been thinking of signing up for the local dog park and starting to bring her to petsmart on a weekly basis till she's comfortable wherever she goes. So after all this background, my main question is, how do I build up her confidence? She thinks she can't do anything. I've done the letting her win tug thing...I can't pay for dog classes right this second but that's in the future. Has anyone else had this problem and fixed it? Please share your wisdom... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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