Well, I got this dog from the SPCA. She’s large, sweet shepard/collie mix with a shaggy coat and soulful eyes. I guess she’s gone through some hard times becase we’ve been having adjustment issues. Even though she’s 6, I had to crate train her, which was harrowing but successful (mind you, this is my first dog).
Now that’s she’s calmed down enough to eat, poop, and sleep in a fairly normal fashion, I’m trying to deal with her issues with men. All strange men scare her-- barking, tail between the legs, hiding if possible (somtimes behind me), but submissive if cornered. She won’t eat if anyone else feeds her, and she won’t go over to the food if there’s a strange man in the house, including my housemate. She just doesn’t dig him (barks when he gets home, sometimes at 2am, and every time she sees for the first time in the morning).
Is there any way I can help her become more comfortable with men? I don’t want to push her, but I do want her to get past her abuse and be able to trust somone besides me. Any advice? I’m going away in August and I want to get her used to eat from someone else before then at the very least,