Re: Rescue dog - very afraid, afraid of husband Post by rileysmama » Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:02 am Maybe to start off with, instead of having your husband give her the treats, you can establish a little desensitization routine where you show her that having your husband around is a … My Online Vet Response to: Dog Afraid of Husband’s Sneezes & Hiccups by: Dr. Lisa Brienen . He’s afraid of men. If your dog is afraid of certain sounds or objects, you don’t want to scare her further by forcing her to confront her fear before she’s ready. To our dogs, affection is a reward. Let’s talk about some reasons for why your dog is acting scared all of a sudden. I work a 9-5. My husband worked a job where he was off by 10 am every day and could go home and spend d time with the dog. He didn’t take the dogs OR offer any kind of support to help with the dog’s expenses. I know it’s a common question among my fellow dog-loving friends. Dear Gloria, First of all Caper appears to be a very healthy, happy and good looking boy. This can lead them to be slow to trust anyone. When he gets enraged, and you add his anti-social personality markers into the mix, you can see why I am afraid he’d cross that line and hit me – though he says he never would. But as soon as he straightens up my dog skitters backwards and the whole thing starts again. If your pup is suddenly terrified of his own shadow with no apparent reasons, you may wonder what’s gone wrong. She pees in the floor if he touches her first thing in the morning, if he tells her to go into the crate, if she has an accident, if he calls her to come inside from the yard she will not. His reckless choices led to his abuse of me, and our kids. Your dog feeds off the energy you put out, so keeping yours under control and staying relaxed can help her realize that the situation is OK. 2. By comforting a fearful dog, you are rewarding what it’s doing in that moment: being scared. My dog will now be alone for 8 hours per day, and I … A person posted this problem on my blog. As you may imagine, this situation is probably more complex than … But unless the husband was seated or lying down, the foster dog would bark, growl, and lunge. My husband recently left me. Dog is Afraid of My Husband. We’ve been doing this for weeks. For example, if you just recently bought your dog home from a rescue then your dog likely hasn’t had a stable family life. Her foster dog had become slightly used to her husband using classical counterconditioning and systematic desensitization. Definitely afraid of them when they get up and walk towards him. Yes, I am afraid of my husband. The dog is now terrified of my husband. I’ve had my husband call him over and finally he’s coming and wagging his tail and allowing him to pet him and scratch him. My husband gives her a lot of treats, but she won't take them from anyone (even me) when she is afraid, so they are not a big distraction right now when she barks/growls. You cannot explain to a dog why it shouldn’t be scared, or tell the dog that the frightening thing won’t hurt it or is going away soon — they do not have the cognitive abilities to understand those concepts. Don't be too concerned about the dog having anxiety for those 20 minute periods. Why is My Dog Afraid of Me? His anger led to fear. She does not mind if he comes towards me or anything like that and there is no seperation anxiety when I am gone. December 18, 2011 Jill Olkoski. Expose them to their fear in a controlled setting. In the long run, it will be LESS anxiety for him to get over his fear of your husband. There are multiple scenarios that could lead to your dog becoming fearful of you. 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