Scared of everything

by RJ
(North Carolina)

We adopted a Anatolian Pyrenees (Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees) at 12 weeks old. She is totally afraid of everything. We've tried everything we know to try. Toys, treats, playing, playing with the other dogs we have. She is now 7 months old and still we are having a problem potty training her because she is afraid to go outside, esp during the day. At night, she'll go out and refuse to come back in. At night, she runs around the yard like a maniac. But during the day, the slightest things scare her. Birds chirping, the freaking wind blowing, neighbors kids playing in their back yard. She won't walk on a lease, we've tried everything with that as well. We literally have to push her out the patio door to go potty (that is if she will even potty). Open to all suggestions on how to handle this.

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Jan 22, 2022
by: Donna

Her fear is a combination of poor genetic breeding, and lack of socialization and handling by many many different people in her first 12 weeks of life.

You need to build up her confidence. Start by not allowing her in the yard without being on leash with you if you she has no recall. When she does go outside and do her business, reward her with a treat she loves and a 'good girl'.

You need to start by working with her inside to help her confidence and gain trust in you and the world.

I wouldn't recommend getting asking everyone for their input. Everyone has a difference way of training.

I would recommend signing up for Recallers to help you. There is much support in this online training program.

There are also some podcasts to get you started. Here is one you can start with. Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog's Confidence.

It will take time, but Recallers will take you a long way in teaching you how to work with your fearful girl, and build a close relationship.

I hope this helps.

Jan 22, 2022
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by: Anonymous

That must be heartbreaking that your poor girl is so afraid.
In augmentation to the great advice given by Donna, I would like to add that Bach Flower Rescue Remedy is a homeopathic that works great with animals. It can promote balance and act as a restorative to her own true nature.
Just gentle shake the bottle and put a couple of drops in her water and/or in your hand so you can apply using gentle pets.

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