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|03-15-2019, 02:56 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2017
Hi, I have a 6 month old yorkie that is scared to death of absolutely everything.
We got him from a breeder and didn't know to much about her.
They dropped the dog off at night and he was sleeping. When he woke up I really thought he was going live under the bed. With 3 months of patience he is although not friendly he's a hell of a lot better than he was.
He has long hair, he needs grooming. I even took him to one of those puppy preparation appointments. You could not believe how scared he was. I thought he was going to hyperventilate or have a heart attack. Same response with a bath, the car, being picked up
Does anybody know what I should do?
Thanks so much,
|03-16-2019, 01:33 PM||#2|
Yorkie mom of 3
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Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: LaPlata, Md
Build his confidence by teaching him things like sit, lay and come. Try to make everything a happy good experience. If it is really bad you probably need to talk to the vet about an anxiety medicine.
Taylor, Veterinary Assistant
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|03-17-2019, 11:48 AM||#3|
♥ Love My Tibbe! ♥
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: D/FW, Texas
Be sure he's been thoroughly checked out by the vet. I've noticed when Tibbe was getting ill or having a problem, he was more fearful, had panic attacks, more fearful of thunder, couldn't be distracted. When leading up to his Dx. of MVD, he was very fearful and after his Dx. and treatment with total change of diet, he lost that fear once he was medically stable.
Good old basic obedience training that is made great fun for the dog, always ending in a 'win' for him gives them an incredible amount of self-confidence and truly aids a fearful, craven dog. They learn that they can feel good about themselves by getting it right and once they've learned that they are capable, they surmount many fearful situations. Always speak in an upbeat, happy voice, keep a smile on your face & make training a very positive experience for them, something so fun they are continually baiting you to do. It gives your dog a job, the work of learning to team & bond with you. Your dog gets a great dose of oxytocin every time you interact positively with him and he'll grow confident from that boost to his system.
My Tibbe was 9 mos. old when I got him, by history said to have spent those 9 mos. alone in a crate under a shed in the backyard of a hobby breeder. He came to me manic, fearful of everything, screaming, shrieking, panicking and untrusting. Everything he did was painfully scary to him, from walking through a doorway to hearing the fridge, TV come on. He was scared of GRASS for goodness sake!
But I started him on a trust-me campaign and rewarded him with food or a toy, and real, heartfelt, loving, smiling praise every time he interacted positively with me, said 'uh oh' and kind of frowned every time he got something wrong. Just a gentle feedback 'uh oh' to let him know he hadn't got it quite right, but quickly followed by requesting him to do something I knew he could get right so we'd always end on a win for him. I never forced myself on him but waited for him to make all the overtures wherein he was richly rewarded.
Eventually after he'd learned trust, we started basic obedience, which I determined I would keep fun and happy for him. I never barked or growled out commands, always requested a skill to be learned in a happy tone of voice, a smile on my face and a big, happy praise when he got it right, an 'uh oh', frown when he missed. He soon learned he adored the getting it right so he WORKED hard to get it right, loved his job of learning and growing.
In the process of learning confidence, working as a team, after he was less scared, we did some confidence building exercises, where I'd accumulate several disparate objects - a limb, a clock, a flower, a hairbrush, a sock, a spoon and a cell phone and a lot of his special treats and we'd sit in the floor and happily I'd show him one of the objects and if he'd come up and bump it with his nose, he'd get a treat, happy, heartfelt praise, a gentle 'uh oh' and frown if he shied away, whereupon I'd quickly introduce a chew stick so he could follow-up with a win. Before long, he'd learned not to fear unknown objects rather wanted to approach them for the good things he was about to receive & his own self-administered boost of confidence and oxytocin he got from bumping the new thing. He grew into a friendly, confident, feisty, black-hearted(i.e., terrier(!)), loving, obedient buddy, a pet anyone would love to have.
Work with your baby to TEACH him how to grow confidence and you'll be surprised at how he blossoms!
Jeanie and Tibbe
One must do the best one can. You may get some marks for a very imperfect answer: you will certainly get none for leaving the question alone. C. S. Lewis