Chihuahua very frightened of my son, he goes or the dog
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My 10 month old chihuahua has always been extremely frightened of my adult son who lives with us. On the day we got her as a pup he stomped his feet & clapped his hands at her which terrified her. He has never done it again but she continues to be terrified in his presence. She will bark continuously & loud enough that your eardrum hurts. Her hair stands up & she shakes with terror. In his presence she will not--eat when hungry, take any treats from us, let anyone touch her or near her. She hides in a corner, barking loudly, growling, shaking & runs from everyone. But when he leaves the house she becomes happy, loving & well trained. She is never afraid or barks at other adult men, even strangers in the home. I try saying No & using a water spray but she is too frightened to listen. Either my son goes or the dog! I chose the dog.
Answer: very frightened of my son, he goes or the dog!
Oh bother, this all sounds very unfortunate. Well - it seems that some real damage has been done and that it will take lots of time and dedication to fix it. I could only suggest a qualified animal behaviourist. With one or two sessions a behaviourist maybe able to show some very gentle techniques that will slowly help to change the current situation. Unfortunately there is no quick or easy fix. Good luck!