I have spoken before about how different our Dogs personalities are. Looking after Dogs is always a challenge, and Shy Dog Training needs a very careful approach. I was reminded of this earlier today when we arrived Home.
Myself and Mrs. Three Dog Blogger had gone off to Town on a visit and decided we would take Jet with us so we could keep an eye on her as part of her Dog Spaying Recovery program. She is doing well but still a little too energetic to be left to run around at home for hours on end. We also took Faye with us as if we were out all day the House just might not be there when we return!
As it happened we were Home by late Morning. Daisy, our Shy Dog was left alone as she is always the well behaved one. Normally she is fine and just settles down to sleep, glad of a little peace.
As we got to the front door we could hear Her whining, excited that we were Home, and that the gang would all be back together. Now, we have a rule, that we don’t make much of a fuss of the Dogs for a few minutes when we first get Home. This calms them down quickly and stops them making such an event of it. It has worked, and now they are a lot calmer and even Faye can be left at Home for a good few hours without chewing up the House!
As is the way with all training, you sometimes forget. Daisy came running out the Door and we both automatically went to give her a fuss. She peed instantly!
I don’t know if She thought we were going to do something bad (which we never have), or if She thought She had been naughty and that is why we left Her. She has been left before so I don’t think it was that.
Shy Dog Training May Take A Lifetime
When we got inside we found two small umbrellas on the Sofa. She had taken them there and probably had a little sleep with them next to Her. No chewing or anything, they were just on the Sofa.
Maybe She thought She had been naughty and would get told off? I am not sure. She is still such a delicate Shy Dog even after us having Her for over a year and a half.
She has come such a long way in so many respects, and quite often you would not realise She is Shy at all. It takes little things like this to remember that Shy Dogs need to be treated very carefully, and Shy Dog Training is a very long commitment.
I am just so glad we got her out of the Shelter when She was still very young. I think if She had been left there for a few more months then She would have ben a complete wreck for the rest of Her life.
Do you have a Shy Dog? How long have you had to be very careful about how you act with it?
Do you think Dogs that are Shy when they are young will always be a bit timid?