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Will lots of love and attention solve this?

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I just brought home a newly neutered, 55-pound 1.5 year old Afghan-hound mix. When he's out in the open living room, he barely knows what to do with himself. He turns in circles or else glues himself to my side. He only lays down for some much needed sleep after neutering when he's in his crate. He probably spent most of his life in a cage.

When outside, everything scares him: cars, the train overhead (we live in a densely urban part of Chicago)... understandably so. He came from a shelter in the south and likely was some kind of farm or suburban dog before that.

Will lots of love and attention build his confidence? What else can I do? My heart is absolutely breaking when I see that he doesn't even know how to handle having a little free space. He's already piddled on the floor either because it's a submissive gesture (or maybe he had to go really bad -- he was WAY too scared to potty outside with all the noise).

I already love my big buddy and I just want him to feel happy and safe. Any advice is appreciated.
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We've adopted several shy, undersocialized and downright spooks. A spooky dog will always have spooky tendencies - in greyhounds there are some bloodlines that are known to throw spooky dogs. So, if you're dealing with a genetic component/personality trait you will see less progress than a dog that's just shy/undersocialized. At home, our spook Stella is pretty much a normal dog. Take her away from home and away from the pack and she becomes much more unstable and spooky again.

We don't really treat our shy dogs any differently. We don't overcompensate with tons of affection - you don't want to reward or reinforce that undesirable shy behavior. It can take a few months to earn the dog's trust and once we have that, we start giving the dog challenges, slowly working them up to the really big social challenges like a busy petsmart or park with kids. The most important thing is not to push them too far, too fast and making sure the dog is set up to succeed.

I truly believe a pack is the best way to "heal" a shy, undersocialized dog.

You don't see too many afghan hound mixes...I'd love to see pics of your boy!
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