This is my pet hate when I take out needy dog. This is a bit of a rant!
She is terrified of people (shes a rescue and was beaten and starved – we didn’t make her this way!) mainly men, and she goes into DANGER BARK mode. Being a herding dog, she will nip when she’s scared to try and control the situation. Dogs show terror in different ways, a dog who shakes and a dog who barks are equally as likely to bite.
She is improving, and she will get there. But she needs to know that I will keep her safe, and stop anyone’s behaviour that makes her scared and uncomfortable. Unfortunately people don’t always listen, even more unfortunately it’s always been men who don’t listen, which just makes the fear worse, and they are damaging her trust in me, and making the process slower.
The fact she is very tiny for her breed, and super cute works against us. People want to stroke her. Why anyone would want to approach a dog who is barking at them is beyond me though! If she was a German shepherd or Doberman people would tell me off for having an aggressive dog and wouldn’t dream of approaching. So enevitably in this situation I end up picking her up and running away, not so easy when I have toddler and bombproof dog with me!
We now muzzle her when we take her out, which she hates. But I can’t risk her nipping someone and then being made to put her down, just because some idiot couldn’t listen to me!