Hello everyone, I need some help with this one. I have an 8 month old Havanese who seems really fearful. I was told she grew up around two kids and other dogs and was well socialized… well, from my experience with her she is either traumatized from the flight or very UN-socialized. idk
Zoey wouldn’t come out her kennel. I left the kennel door open for her to come out on her own, and when she did it was real slow with tail tucked. Poor baby seem terrified. I’m guessing the flight may have traumatized her. I’m not really sure but I know it will take her some time to come around. I took her to the vet and they said she looks great, but she was missing the bordatella vaccine. They gave her the nasal mist. She hasn’t eaten anything. Could it be because she is stressed? Wow taking her out to potty is a challenge she does not like the leash.
She seems a little more relaxed than yesterday, but still really unsure. She runs from the kids and my dog. She does show curiosity because she will walk up to them but with any movement from them she runs and hide. I have an area set up for her in my living room and she hides there often. She started following me everywhere but if I go to pet her or pick her up she will duck low to the floor and back up or run right back to her bed. When I was sitting on the sofa she came up to me and just sat there staring. I put her on the sofa with me and she fell asleep. When my youngest child Bella (3years old) walked into the living room Zoey growled at her for no apparent reason. I did stop her by saying ahh ah and she took off to her bed.
Potty training is going good she had one accident in the house, and that was my fault. I brought her out and when it started raining we came right back in but she didn’t have time to potty.
I think Zoey is a fearful dog because she seems scared of everything. I'm hoping with time and training she will come around. The broom fell this morning it didn't touch her but she got really startled and went hide. She spent most of the day in her bed besides when I brought her out to potty. Tonight she bit my youngest.
I believe it may have been out of fear, I don’t know. Bella was sitting on the floor and Zoey came right up to her but when Bella tried to pick her up she growled and bit her. I say maybe fear because she seems so scared and unsure. I hope she improves with training. I have decided to no longer allow her on the sofa with us until she learns order (is this the right thing to do?). My little girl is an animal lover so it didn’t bother her but I do need to correct this behavior.
Zoey woke up this morning really excited prancing around tail wagging, I was in shock. It was a major difference but it didn’t last long before she ran to her bed again. I brought her out while waiting to put the kids on the bus she was able to meet my neighbor’s yorkie. Zoey was overly excited wanting to play. For some reason she is hesitant to play with my golden but I guess since Lizzy the yorkie is small like her she feels more comfortable.
Wow…. I guess Zoey wanted to prove me wrong. To my surprise, she played with Diesel my golden for a little bit today. Is this progress???? Now it’s to get her used to the kids. patience, patience, patience…….
I believe she will come around. I will also be seeing a behaviorist. Then I will get her into some training classes.
Today Day 5
So far today she has shown a little more progress. She has been coming out of her little corner a lot more than usual and we had a good time playing outside earlier (just Zoey and me) I believe she is slowly building trust in me.