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Advice for Shy Guest?
Thought I'd come to the pros here, the crazy dog ladies and gentlemen like myself, for some advice.
I'm "babysitting" an eight month old Shih Tzu female named Ponya this weekend. She is extremely dog shy. Like so shy she just shuts down with her tail between her legs when Posh goes near her, and if Posh tries to get her to play she just growls or barks at her. I'm assuming they have not taken her to any dog classes or have had any playdates with other pups. This pup belongs to my mom's friend, and I have often offered to have her come to our house to hang out and play with Posh vs. being in a small crate all day. I first met this dog when she was ten weeks old....
Well, they asked my mom if I might be able to watch her for the weekend, and of course I said "absolutely."
So basically, I've set up her crate so she has somewhere to go to get away from Miss Thang and I've just been ignoring them...letting them work it out. Any other things I should do? Besides, just saying "Mom, you take the friends dog she's a pain in the arse."
Miss Posh is like "hey babe, don't you want to play?" Honestly, I don't think this dog will hurt her and obviously Posh won't hurt Ponya, but you never know with fear based aggression.
Actually, I think if they figure it out in a few hours, I might suggest to the friend strongly that she should take puppy classes and also just have her come over here a couple times a week for more socialization, she's young enough to "nip this in the bud."