What to do about my scardy dog?

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
2881 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

lurkingvee :  I would definitely leave the dog door open for her. It’s likely that she will start to calm down so long as there aren’t any more incidents. 

Post # 3
9608 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Leave the dog door open. She’s afraid to be outside right now so of course she’s barking all day, she doesn’t feel comfortable/safe.

She will probably go back to being okay being outside the more distant the incident becomes.

Post # 4
1680 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

lurkingvee :  I agree with PP about leaving the dog door open and see how she goes.

I would also write letters to your neighbours who complained and advise them of the situation and how youre addressing it and ask them to let you know if it doesnt improve.  Id i was one of your neighbours id greatly appreciate that and have a lot more patience than if I didn’t hear back.

Post # 5
1221 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

To help spped up the recovrey from this clearly scary (to her) event, start having everything positive happen outside. This is going to feel super inconvenient to you but it’ll make her happier to be outside.

– Feed all meals outside

– All play time and snuggles are outside

– hide treats for her to sniff out outside – leave her insideand hide a few nice smelly treats (e.g. plain baked chicken) then let her outside to sniff them out. Start by only hiding them close to the door as she figures out the “game”. Once she figures it out you can start hiding them further afield so that she has to move around the yard and use her nose. Right now, if she’s barking at shadows, it means she’s reacting on sight — it’s MUCH better for dogs to engage with the world with their nose (and gives them more confidence). The more you can get her to engage her nose around the yard, the quicker she’ll bounce back.

Post # 6
5963 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

lurkingvee :  I have scaredy dogs, too, but in different ways. I agree with all the PPs. I think leaving the doggie door open is awesome and communicating with your neighbors that you are working on a solution is a good idea, too. One of my dogs was barking at a few small branches from the neighbors tree that blew into our yard. I had to get rid of them or she’d probably never stop. Last night she was barking at my husband’s gloves that he happened to put up high on a shelf. Dorks. 

Post # 7
791 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

Just a different perspective….

Have  you had her eyesight checked? If she’s barking at shadows it could be she’s having a hard time distinguishing between something really being there or not due to eye sight. A recent scare could be making it worse if she’s losing her eyesight.

Post # 8
2635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

lurkingvee :  just keep her inside. Some dogs are just happier on the house.

Post # 10
2881 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

lurkingvee :  My dog does that sometimes. My Fiance works night shift so she is on high alert when the sun goes down. While she is fine most of the time, she does have “fits” where she runs around and starts to growl/bark at the windows or the door because she heard a slight noise outside. I have found that in those instances it is best to close the blinds/curtains and give her loves when she is stressed. My girl is a pit bull with a pretty mean sounding bark so it’s not fun but she just wants to protect her home. 

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