Timid adult husky Melburne
I have adopted a 2 & a half y/o husky (female not spayed) 1 week ago, she came from a farm with at least 5 other dogs. After the first few days she seemed relatively settled, so I started taking her for walks and other nice things. But something spooked her and for 3 days she has been hiding behind the back stairs, only coming out for a few minutes a day. The vet said there is nothing physically wrong with her. I am happy to give her time to adjust but I'm wondering how much contact I should have with her and should I take her for walks or would I be pushing her too fast? The past owner never found her to be timid but now the only time she's not nervous is when she's hiding. As i said there was a time just a few days ago when she was following me around eagerly, now she's done a 180. What can I do for her? Thanks! Mez.
REPLY: Timid adult husky Melbourne
Well done with the adoption! Coming from a farm, having been with other dogs and with limited socialisation with other things in life can create an isolated view of the world. Now she is with you, walks, car noises, trams, other noises, and things she may not have seen before. A little like a child who lived in a cellar and comes out the first time after 5 years. She would have a shock! Patience and above all NO mollycoddling will get her right. Caution for this time of the year, as she may well be very fearful with the fireworks on the 31st. I would possibly recommend that she be well secured in a dark smallish environment as a frightened dog can make some real damage if she wants to escape. It may even be worthwhile to ask your vet for a light sedative, just for the night till she has settled a little. A personal visit of a good behavioural training may well offer the support you need. Happy New Year.