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29 November 2008 @ 12:48 pm
Fear of other dogs?  

Hi, this is Zelda! We’ve had her for about two weeks. I have to admit, I’m a little intimidated because I’ve never had a challenge like her before. I’m not entirely sure what happened to her before she joined our little family but I don’t think it was very good….

She is absolutely adorable and is the sweetest dog I’ve ever meet. The poor little girl has really visible scarring all over her body, though. It looks like she has large teeth marks all over her legs and she even has itty bitty bites out of her ears. Some of the marks are obviously newer than others so it is clear that she has been attacked by other dogs on a pretty regular basis. When we got her, she was pretty underweight, too. (but she has chubbed up quite a bit) She hadn’t had any potty training whatsoever and she’s a little more than a year old. She is slowly but surely catching on to crate training, though.

I would say that our biggest issue thus far is that she is absolutely terrified of other dogs. We live in an apartment and so she goes on her walks and to the bathroom in the neighboring park where there are tons of other pups. She cowers at the sight of even the smallest dog. We’ve been socializing her with my mom’s Boston and that seems to be helping a bit. Do any of you have tips helping her get over her fear of other dogs?

miserable, arrogant old bat: jimcottonmanifesto on November 29th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
what you're doing now is great - just mellow one-on-one interactions with other dogs you know are nice. don't force her to do anything, just let her go at her own pace.
catluv66catluv66 on November 29th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
She is so beautiful! Please post more Zelda!!
Pet in Bluefinding_bleu on November 29th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
She's so CUTE

I agree with cottonmanifesto - just going slow and taking HER time coupled with LOTS and LOTS of patience and love
Jenn: snugglesastridlynn on November 30th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
I agree, just let her go at her own pace. Maybe if you know some friendly, laid back & mellow dogs you can socialize her with them.

Is it possible that she was used as a dog fight trainer dog? It sounds like she was chewed up a lot.
drive_into_medrive_into_me on November 30th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
she is so pretty. it breaks my heart that she was hurt :(