how to break my dog of insecureness?


my little 7 month old puppy is very insecure. i know that insecure dogs can be the most dangerous, but you wouldnt be able to tell by looking at her. we try to socialize her as much as we can.

when we go to the dog park, she will bark at the other dogs on the other side of the fence, but when she is face to face with them, she hides behind us, or sometimes barks and snaps a little.
she is in a training class right now, and that has really helped her "come" to us.
we have 2 other dogs so she is not alone, she just hasnt been around different people so she snaps at them if they try to pet her.
how can we break her of being insecure?

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3 Responses to “how to break my dog of insecureness?”

  1. Me says:

    Sounds like you are doing all the right things! Getting her socialized at a dog park – going to puppy classes… Just give it some time…some dogs need longer than others…
    If she snaps at people – get her more socialized with other people – maybe invite friends over to your house so she gets used to people on that level…
    She is still so young and I’m sure she will learn!

  2. DRP says:

    You really should get the book Cesar’s Way by Cesar Millan (Dog Whisperer) or try to catch his tv show. he handles dogs like this all the time. has them fixed in about 10 minutes! You just have to show your dog that you are in control and that its behavior is totally unacceptable. don’t nurture it when it gets like this…be stern with it.

  3. yusterfu says:

    She is definitely scared, I would make sure that if strangers do want to try to meet her. Ask them to do certain things to make themselves less of a threat. Have them turn sideways and kneel but do not approach her or stick their arms or hands towards her. If she wants to meet and sniff them, great! have them give her a treat. At this point you really dont want anyone sticking their hands in her face. If she does snap and scare off strangers she will think shes doing the right thing.

    Unfortunately socialization for puppies usually ends around 4-5 months so you can just slowly try to get her used to meeting new people. You could also have a party and before anyone comes in, give them a treat and have them try the above method to give her the treat.

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