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Ok, here she is, we are getting her in a few days.


She is unsocial. She is in a foster home, where she loves, but she barks non stop at new people. She doesn't snap or growl, but she keeps her distance and barks. After we were there for about 15 minutes she chilled. She just hasn't been exposed to many people b/c the fosters live in the country. She is most likely a terrier mix or lab mix, she is 6 months and about 25 lbs. I know how you all feel about fear biters and unstable dogs, but she isn't a bully so I thought it may be a little different. She doesn't run away, just takes some time to warm up to new people. Is this a bad thing, or something we could fix with daily socialization to people.
 

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She's got a sweet face!
Just saw this same issue on the Dog Whisperer monday.
Never give affection when she is in that "un-sure of" nervous state
also pet her under her chin and not on top of her head, it helps her
feel confident. Thats what i remember, maybe you can find out on his website.
 

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A fearful dog is a fearful dog, it doesn't matter if its a pit bull or a lab. Either way they are dangerous and alot of work. If you understand that and still want to take the dog on, prepare for alot of work ahead of your self.

Honestly I would never take on a fearful dog, I've had one. They are so much work, all you think about it protecting them from themselves. You can't just take it to the park and be like other dogs, you have to be prepared to tell people that they cannot pet them, etc.
 

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Another thing to add. There is SO many good dogs in shelters that need a good home. Why adopt one that is going to cause you nothing but heartache, and a headache? There is to many good ones, to help the bad ones. I know that its mean, but its the truth.
 

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Bremner53 said:
A fearful dog is a fearful dog, it doesn't matter if its a pit bull or a lab. Either way they are dangerous and alot of work. If you understand that and still want to take the dog on, prepare for alot of work ahead of your self.

Honestly I would never take on a fearful dog, I've had one. They are so much work, all you think about it protecting them from themselves. You can't just take it to the park and be like other dogs, you have to be prepared to tell people that they cannot pet them, etc.
I agree. I feel it probably CAN be done, but it's going to take alot of time and alot of dedication. You have to ask yourself if you've got the time and energy to put into her.
 

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Well, just an update, we got Sadie. She is doing great. She jsut wasn't used to having many people around. I have been taking her to the park for walks and she has gotten so much better just over the last few days. Deuce is getting more gentle w her too, b/c she is only 20 lbs.
 
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