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Q. Why is my dog afraid of men

Answered By
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS

A. In the first months of age your dog probably has not been socialised with men enough to develop confidence with them. If your dog has a nervous or diffident nature as well it is possible that socialisation is more difficult for her. It is hard to make them change and modify their behaviour, but I am sure your dog can improve with training.

Answered By
BETTE ISACOFF

A. There can be two reasons for this: one is that she was raised in an all-female household and was never exposed to men as a puppy; the other is that she was abused or treated badly by a man somewhere in her life. She can be desensitized to this fear, but the fear response is very hard to extinguish, and it will take a lot of work. I am available to help you with this . . . Just click on the link on my profile page.


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