Well, Izzy has still not warmed up to my husband. I have NEVER seen a dog or any animal for that matter, ever have this reaction to him. She had to be abused some way by a man. She seems so calm and well adjusted around me, then when he walks in, she freaks out! Any dog professionals, or life long dog lovers that can enlighten us with any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
After 4 nights of sleeping with me in our bed, she has slept the last two nights in her new crate. She did very well and slept for a good seven hours. The first night she made a whimper and a bark, but that was it. Last night quiet as a mouse. (Knock on wood) We have had no poop accidents in the house since her first over night with us, and no piddle accidents in two days.
She walks well on a lease, friendly with all dogs she meets along the way, except when they walk by our house with their owner. She barks less at women with their dogs than men. Rides great in the car. I just don't know. My husband is getting very discouraged. We've had her a week this Saturday, and she did not act this fearful of him when we got her. She was just more leery of men, but now she seems terrified.
She is pretty quiet during the day, except for the passing occasional dog with a man. Trash trucks, cars, UPS, mailman, no problems. At night she barks at any sound she hears or if someone is outside. Good watch dog for sure!
She spins in circles and my husband wonders if that may be an indication something is wrong with her. I don't know much about dogs, but I don't think so. I think she does it when she is excited, anxious or trying to please. Maybe it was a trick someone taught her...
I feel so bad for my husband, because I know I would feel weird if an animal reacted that way to me. I know we can't take it personally. She was abused in some matter, by a man, and we have to be patient. I had him try to give her little bits of turkey hot dogs, but she would not come close. Finally, he tossed it to her and of course she snorted it up.
Like I said, we would GREATLY APPRECIATE any advice to make her more comfortable, safe and welcomed to our home...