DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: I recently adopted a dog from our local pound. When I got him, I learned a little about his history, like that he was not treated all that well, and that while they couldn’t give me any details, it sounds like it wasn’t a good start for my new pup.
My dog is as gentle as can be, but I think his last owner, the one who didn’t treat him too well, may have been a man, because whenever a man, or even my teenage brother or cousins come over, the dog runs away and hides under my bed. That does not usually happen when women come over.
I feel so bad for him, but I can’t really not have any men or older boys at my house. I keep thinking about if I start seeing someone and he wants to spend time at my place.
What do I do with my nervous doggie? --- MY DOG HIDES A LOT
DEAR MY DOG HIDES A LOT: I think this is something to bring to the attention of your dog’s veterinarian. They may have suggestions to help relieve your new pet’s anxiety around men. They could also perhaps refer you to an experienced trainer or other dog handling professional who’s knowledgeable about these kinds of adjustment issues in rescued animals.
By the way, I’m glad you went for a pound puppy. Giving a dog a new and loving home is a wonderful thing to do. I hope it all works out for you and your new pet.