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DogDaz Zoo: Loving Fearful Dogs – Was She Abused?

Puppy Louise

Rescuing animals, especially when they are several months old or older, means that you will never know how they were treated in their early formative weeks. Because of her fearful behavior, I thought that Louise might have been abused as a puppy. She came into our lives when she was 4 or 5 months old. Louise was fearful and shy from the moment we met her. Her foster said that she had a collar embedded in her neck and she was covered with Demodex (red mange). The rescue had liberated Louise and her sister, Thelma, from some guys in a pickup truck in the parking lot of a kill shelter down in South Carolina. Based on this story, I assumed she was neglected, if not worse, in her early months. Recently, I am rethinking that idea. I have been reading about the critical socialization time for puppies that occurs between 6 and 10 weeks. This is called the ‘sensitive period.” Before 6 weeks, puppies see everything in their world as good. This is the time that they associate smells and other things potentially as good stuff for the rest of their lives. Then around 5 or 6 weeks FEAR sets in.

In an article on early socialization, Dr. Sophia Yin, DMV, said that puppy’s need to be socialized as early as possible but definitely “before five weeks of age because by five weeks the puppy is showing fear responses to people, objects and other unfamiliarity around them.”  She stresses that if socialization doesn’t start before 14 weeks of age “many puppies will be doomed to a life of fear” unless they go through a regimen of intense socialization. I wish I know this when I first rescued Louise because Dr. Yin’s message is clear, that socialization in the sensitive period “can be the difference between having a happy, well-adjusted dog to one who is fearful of people, objects, other animals, and various environments that we humans perceive as safe.”

You can read more regarding one of the most important studies done around early socialization in different breeds detailed in the book ‘Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog’ by John Paul Scott and John Fuller, published in 1965 (Scott and Fuller, 1965).

Louise 1st Photo

Instead of early abuse, maybe Louise was not socialized during her most sensitive development stage and that is why she developed her life-long fears. Louise is leash aggressive and afraid of strangers, both human an canine. Though I have worked with her to manage her behavior in stressful situations, it would really help if I understood the root causes.

When you rescue, it is rare to know what happened during that critical puppy time. Maybe when she was still little there were additional things I could have done to change that fear imprint. Over the years, I have done much to quiet her fears and provide a safe and supportive environment in which she has flourished. She is a very happy dog at home but fearful, especially on a leash, and needs special attention. Are there ways to undo the emotional damage in dogs?

To be continued…..

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Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Animals


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Wordless Wednesday: P.R.O.U.D. Puppies

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Peanut walked in her commencement last month. Did I tell you that the university had a puppy raising program? Puppy Raisers of the University of Delaware (PROUD) is a registered student organization that raises puppies for ‘The Seeing Eye.’ The Seeing Eye is a guide dog school that breeds and trains Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Lab-Golden crosses to become guide dogs for the visually impaired. PROUD consists of both puppy raisers and puppy sitters whose job is to expose the young dogs to as many situations as possible to prepare them for their future job as a guide dog. To help with this, the puppies come with students to many of the places they go including class, club meetings and events. The club has special approved housing areas where the puppies live with the student. It is a very time-consuming commitment, as the raisers are responsible for the puppy’s complete care, as well as, basic obedience and manners. How rewarding.

Peanut walked with her friend and the puppy her friend raised.  PROUD, fur sure.



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Posted by on June 22, 2016 in Dogs


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DogDaz Zoo: Tub O’ Pups

PHOTO OP: Tub O’ Pups

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DogDaz Zoo: What’s Up Over There?



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DogDaz Zoo: Sweet Child Of Mine

Sweet Child of Mine… by Ivey Gabriel

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” – Winnie the Pooh

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Posted by on September 25, 2015 in Dogs


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DogDaz Zoo: Pom vs. DoorJam


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DogDaz Zoo: First Photo Face

threedogsnight:  Little Daenerys: 3 months old

When puppies first meet their humans the look on their faces is priceless. – DogDaz


Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Dogs


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DogDaz Zoo: Puppies Galore

threedogsnightPuppies galore by whakaahua01 on Flickr.
Look at the expression on that little one’s face! – DogDaz

Posted by on September 7, 2014 in Dogs


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DogDaz Zoo: The Teacher


Posted by on September 3, 2014 in Animals, Dogs


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DogDaz Zoo: Summer’s End

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