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Old 11-04-2008, 09:30 AM   #1
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Hi, my wife and I adopted a sheltie puppy (Raleigh, male,18 weeks old now), about 5 weeks ago. He is social with my wife and children, loving and happy. But he seems scared to death of me. I have taken the advice of our vet, and others to be the primary care person for Raleigh, however, after 5 weeks of caregiving, he is still scared of me. He cowers when he sees me and hides, and immediately stops playing when he sees me. What to do?

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Old 11-04-2008, 10:52 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome to the forum, and Hello from another sheltie lover.
I have 2 sheltie's Jack (tri) and Sam (Sable) they are littermates and are 7 years old. We have had the boys since they were 9 weeks old.

Sheltie's are sensative souls and can be timid at times too.
My boy Jack is selective with who he will go to and let them pet him.

You say that Raleigh is a rescue sheltie, do you know anything about his past at all ? Maybe he has a issue with men in general ? Keep encouringing him to come to you and play and maybe try having some time with you and Raleigh alone for him to get used to you. 5 Weeks is not really that long for him to come to terms with all the changes in his life recently so maybe given time he will come round.

Sheltie's are wonderful dogs to own they have great temperments and are fun too.
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:41 AM   #3
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Hi and welcome to the forum.
By my math you got him at 13 weeks so it could be that something happened before them to make him scared of men. Also if you have a deep booming voice that can be scary to the more timid doggies out there.
My advice would be not to push it but instead try to ignore him. If you see him somewhere cowering, lie down on the floor in the same room but not near him so he has the chance to investigate you. He may not at first but I think with time curiosity will get the better of him and he will come over.
Something else you could try is simply to be present when something happens that he likes. In other words, if someone gives him a treat or plays with him, be nearby. The idea is to get him to associate you with something fun. You could make a point making sure you are around when he goes on really fun walks or plays with another family member.

Hope this helps!
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Give him time. Tilba, my 9.5 m/o pup was a bit reserved with me at 1st. For a while I had a bit of a complex about it. She is coming around & I've had her since April. Don't make eye contact with him when you're looking after him or pet him on the top of his head. Try hand feeding him, drop the kibble on the floor near him & slowly over time see if he'll take it from your hand.
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Try adopting a silly, high pitched girly voice too. Alot of puppys are intimidated by deep voices. Just dont do it in public!!!

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