I've always been a believer in the high-pitched voice, treats, and no sudden moves when dealing with dogs who are afraid of men. I had a dog who was always leery of my brother-in-law (who is a dog-guy, so it's not like he gave off dog-hating vibes), IMO because he has a gruff-sounding voice and just can't bring himself to let out the girly-voice we all know he has bottled up inside him.
In our household anyway, high-pitched voice always seems to be used when we praise our dogs, and the gruff stuff is what we use to signal displeasure.
But I think that I can live without EVER hearing what my high-pitched voice sounds like to the rest of the world....every once in a while I'll realize I'm using it and I start feeling more than a little bit foolish.
it's sounds like he's progressed to giving you the standard submissive behavior (or hey, be glad he's not submissive-peeing...) and his confidence is picking up. They don't in general like sudden moves, but in my experience they figure out the routine ones are okay. Keep us posted on the little guy. How many dogs do you have?
Marye and all
It's a Chihauaha and Pug mix pretty common in Miami
Since I posted that in the early afternoon alot og good has happened I would call Chunk in a high pitched voice (Hahaha ) and toss him a biscuit. He would not come in the house from our backyard so I left the sliding glass door open. I got back on my phone and computer to work . Once he got in the house I would every half hour or so toss pieces of biscuits to all of the dogs and some over to Chunk who kept his distance.
Candy got home from work about 8 pm. Of course the zoo came out to adore and worship her.
We sat on the couch eating dinner and Chunk very gingerly came over and let me pet him.
He would back off and kind of crawl over to me. He is more relaxed however if I make a sudden movement say to get up off the couch he really backs off and barks. I can only imagine what past cruelty has caused this reaction.
What an improvement.
And the road goes on forever....
especially, of course, if a previous male owner abused or scared him. It may be a matter of men being bigger and louder, who knows.
Since he's not so scared as to be acting aggressive, fear-biting, etc., I'd suggest becoming the official dispenser of all good stuff. As in, when it's dinnertime, your wife or daughter hands you the food dish and YOU give it to Chunk. When he's on one of their laps, ply him with treats.
What kind of dog is a CHUG? Chi-pug?
Candy & I adopted "Chunk" from CHUG Rescue, he is the brother of Muffin a "CHUG" female we adopted 7 months ago.
He is very terrified of men. He will sometimes approach me if I throw him a treat. He loves my wife and daughter but gets very loud and scared if i get close unless they hold him. He will let me pet him if they are holding him. He doesn't snarl or bare his teeth.
And the road goes on forever....
Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!
and your wallet too. Been there, done that. Also all good thoughts to Barbara, sometimes seen hereabouts, and her dog Bandit who's going in to have a tumor removed today.
Happy Birthday Rex! I love border collies... I've know two that owned humans and they are the some of the smartest animals in the galaxy for sure!
My yorkie is almost 100% after a second surgery to her left ear. A tumor surfaced after her ear canal removal to both ears just before Halloween of last year. I didn't fare nearly as well as she did and I was nearly undone by this latest foray into deeper depression and financial debt. I feel so guilty for feeling any stress from the latter but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't part of our ordeal, complete with my foul mood at times. I really should know by now to follow her lead... she was way better than me at dealing with this stress.She's had a few good weeks now and I feel somewhat confident to report on her latest condition. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and kindness because I really believe it works.
"Truth is something you stumble into when you think you're going someplace else." ~ Jerry Garcia
many good vibes headed his way.
for your special adopted birthday. Here's to many more!
and thanks Stuman for the wishes for Koki. I am away working right now, but Mrs Badger tells me he is much better, limping a little, but back to his normal tricks. It's so hard to understand how animals feel pain. The vet told me she thought it must be same for dogs, but that they make a lot less fuss than many of us.