There is nothing in his history that I can see that causes him to be so fearful (have known him and his birth place since he was born). Yes he had surgery when young (OCD/bone spurs of shoulders), yes it was painful and annoying for him, yes it caused some issues, yes I have spent immeasurable time going over those issues to the point that he is now manageable to do things such as clip nails with. Yet he is over reactive to, well, anything. He has always been this way and just added the nail clipping etc phobia to his already existing repertoire. It doesn't seem to matter if he is walked/exercised to within an inch of his life or not. He over reacts to sounds, smells, light, friggen everything and wants to climb on my lap. Dude weighs over 30 kilos and has really sharp, pointy elbows. Climbing on my lap is just not gonna happen and has never been something that is accepted as 'ok'.
How do you stop a fearful dog (for an unknown reason(s)) being fearful???
"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel". –Maya Angelou
There are behavior therapists that work with dogs. You may want to ask your bet if they know off any in your area.
Tushnurse- no abuse in his history. His mum was timid though so there may be a genetic component. Behavior therapist is a good idea, will look into it. He doesn't display noticeable anxiety majority of time and is not aggressive, his response to whatever is setting him off is to hide. He is fairly easy to get to snap out of it through play/scritches and will obey if sent away. His response to unknown things can just be exasperating at times because I just can't figure out what he is reacting to.
ETA - pic if it works. The brown one is the problem child.
[This message edited by HurtsButImOK at 11:50 AM, March 22nd (Saturday)]
And even though he
At appear anxious only be cautious that he can or will bite if scared or cornered and a skittish dog is the one that will bite when you least expect it.
Be cautious in assuming he wouldn't bite. The ones that are nervous and scared by every thing are the ones that will react unexpectedly.
Clomicalm and behavorial therapy helped. But nothing completely alleviated his fear of thunderstorms. Poor guy would lean on me like velcro was attached to us and he would pant and shake. We just comforted him the best we could.
I hear differing experiences for the Thunderjackets...they did not have them when Luger was alive. Maybe someone can chime in with opinions?
[This message edited by Lalagirl at 1:38 PM, March 24th (Monday)]