Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy

or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

Q. Why is my dog afraid of men

Answered By

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

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.

DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.


Ask an expert about your unique situation now FOR FREE!

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.