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Categories: Soft Dogs and Weak Nerves

Q. My 5 month old Husky/ Shepherd cross seems to be afraid of my husband when I am not around. What can we do to get her to like him?
Hi,

I have a 5 month old female Husky/Shepherd mix. When I leave for work on Thursdays she stays with my husband, most of the time I leave her in her kennel and she will not come out of the kennel when he is the only one home. If I leave her outside she will not come in the house. Also, when he tries to let her out when I am home, she runs and hides behind me. Just to keep in mind I am with her Sun-Wed then with him on Thurs and Fri she is with me at work and on Sat with me. My husband on those days gets home about 4 in the afternoon. I just do not know what to do to make her like him?? When I am around they get along great, play, and cuddle all the time. Please help. Thanks.

Sara

A. Odds are the dog is a soft dog – I have written about hard and soft dogs on my web site.

The corrections given a medium to hard dog would make a soft dog go into avoidance like you are seeing. Men who don’t have training have a difficult time toning down corrections. In fact they may not even think they are correcting the dog when in fact the dog sees it as that.

I recommend that you go to my web site and read the article I wrote on my philosophy of dog training. I think you will get some good ideas there.

You will probably find that you have not had the full picture on the steps of training a dog. Your dog must go through training steps before it can be considered fully trained.

You will read why I am not a fan of taking an untrained dog to obedience classes. No professional dog trainer would ever take his dog to an obedience class with 15 or 20 untrained dogs and try and train it there. Its crazy. The dogs cannot concentrate with the distractions.

I think if you read the testimonials on my DVD you will see that my customers feel the same way.

If you make the decision to learn to train - get a prong collar. You can read about it on my web site. There is an article I wrote (with a number of excellent photos) on how to fit a prong collar, you can also read about the different types of prongs.
  
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