I agree with this one - a strong dog is a strong dog and a timid dog, usually stays a timid dog - even with alot of work.Lisa said:I am of the belief that a STRONG dog does not need alot of socialiaztion.....their genetics is all they need in order to be a tempermentally superior animal.And really, she has had no socialization. The only time she's out in public is at the vet's office. I'm always reading in here that they don't NEED socialization, they only need you. I don't know... I just feel like such a huge failure.
I am of the belief that through much conditioning and exposure i.e. "socialization" a dog mediocre in temperament, can be made stronger.
I am of the belief that a weak dog, no matter how much help (conditioning, exposure, socialiation) will never be a strong dog...perhaps with ALOT of work, mediocre at best, but even that is a stretch...you can only do what is within the paramaters of the dogs genetics.
One thing I would not do is force Nala to greet strangers. That could actually make her worse. If you are determined to try and help her you could try motivational style obeidence (hand feeding their meals during ob sessions works great). You can do this while in the presence of people but do not force her to meet them.
What you need to do is give your pup enough confidence to avoid any potential problems, which is very do-able. Although, you must recognise that chances are that your dog will probably always be timid.
You mention that you do not allow her around your son, is there any particular reason for this? I disagree with the people who say socialising won't do anything. I believe that considering your dog hasn't been around the people she will have to deal with every day - she is in dire need of more socialisation that she's getting.
Also if it's possible, try spending 20 minutes a day away from your other dogs - just with her. Spend the time training her. Put her ona lead for 10 mintues ina controlled area. You'll find if you stick with this she'll end up getting it!
With a timid dog, really concentrate on rewarding her big time for doing things right. There's no beating the fact that your going to have to put more time and effort into her than your other dogs.
Like msvette2u said - always get down low and be soft with her when calling her. You'll find over time that she will stop peeing.