Socializing Pyr mix

by Adriana
(Massachusetts USA)

Hypnotized by air

Hypnotized by air

This girl is lovely and we love her, we recently rehomed her, but she is very serious and does not even look at us when we call her name! We don't think she knows her name; there is no reaction at all. She is very calm but skittish and nipped my sixteen year old son when he went in with his hand to pet her I have to show her my hand and go in parallel to her face to scratch her on the head, which she loves. We don't know that much about her background. What can we do to get her to be a little perky or appear to have an interest?

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Mar 18, 2020
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Settling in
by: Donna

I suspect you haven't had her long. She has no reason to listen to you because she doesn't know you nor you her.

She needs to learn to trust you and you her. This always takes time. Since you don't know her or her reactions at this point, except for the nipping, let her go to whomever wants to see her NOT them to her. She is obviously stressed. Having an unknown hand in her face unsettles her. Give her time.

I would recommend you bring in an experienced positive-reinforcement trainer to get you started and to show you some games to play with her to help her ease in as she settles.

In the meantime, go about your routine of the day and talk to her as you do it. Praise her if she gives you a behaviour such as sit or down, don't ask for one at this point, and then treat her. She'll learn good things come from you when she does wanted behaviours.

Here are some links. Copy and paste them into your URL:

https://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/dog-bite-prevention-week-poster-on-the-body-language-of-fear-and-aggression/

Free Dog Training Workshop - Susan Garrett

https://www.facebook.com/groups/freedogtrainingworkshop/

It's Your Choice

When she is ready, here is a good game to play that is also important.

https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/06/why-choice-is-the-critical-key-to-a-great-dog/

Mar 19, 2020
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get her checked...
by: Anonymous

Has a vet done a thorough check of her ears and her eyes? Do you know for sure that she can see properly and/or hear properly?
Perhaps her problem is deafness either partial or profound. And/or a problem with her sight.
Before you decide this is a behavioral problem perhaps she should be thoroughly checked for this. Non reaction to a sound and over-reaction to an unexpected touch (as in: she was not aware your son was there before he touched her) is unusual and seems to me to point to some physical abnormality. You may need a consult with an expert at a veterinary school or hospital before ruling this out and looking for a solution for a behavior.

Mar 20, 2020
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Could this dog be deaf?
by: Anonymous

We have two dogs rescued at 13 years old. I was given their names but realized two days in that both dogs were deaf. Now with treatments for ear infections both can hear a little. Could this be your dog’s problem?

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