Help please!

One trick that worked for our Sheba was to wet a hand and let her lick it. It helped her get over her fear of men.

Puppies go through fear stages where they can freak out about something they were fine with previously. This is likely just one of those. If you don't over react is will likely pass quickly.

Tanza's suggestion of having him feed her is a great idea. Having him give her yummy treats is also good. Nothing is better than a trusted food source!

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@donc We're doing everything else that was mentioned already, hopefully him feeding her (just him) this weekend will help ๐Ÿคž . Thank you for mentioning the fear stages, let's hope it goes by quickly! ๐Ÿ™‚

A pocket with pieces of her favorite treat. The minute he walks in the door,and every time she makes eye contect and/or allows him to touch her. Does she have a favorite toy, in case she is one of those who is not food motivated, same process. Dont worry about over feeding, just cut back on regular portion during this process.

@basenji_life Already good suggestions. Just to add, his reaction may be feeding the behaviour. When she doesnโ€™t want him to pet her, then have him immediately ignore her.

My first two dogs didnโ€™t like strangers, however they warmed quickly when ignored. The more a new person would try to pet them, the more they would be suspicious. Itโ€™s a little reverse psychology, I think often when someone is trying hard the dogs pick up on that but view it as suspicious or threatening.

I tell all visitors to ignore the dogs completely, then they become curious and before you know it they want attention. If they try to pet them, then they become suspicious and feel threatened.

Often with my dogs, they want to be petted but โ€œtheir wayโ€ lol. Sometimes I will pet their back and they get all annoyed because they want their chest petting. Most times I donโ€™t care but once in a while I will tell them go away then lol. Then I get the offended look lol.

Basenjis are very different and do have quirks!

@dagodingo This is interesting! Thank you we'll try this! ๐Ÿ™‚

@joan-duszka Thanks for the advice ๐Ÿ™‚ He'll give a treat every time he walks in!

I agree with the ignore. You can do that and treats. When he walks in, without looking at her, drop a treat and keep moving. Maybe place hand palm up with a treat on it while on the sofa. Let her approach and get the treat. Add in "good girl" when she's comfortable with that. This way she isn't pressured to respond except in clearly positive (walks, feeding) situations, and she does the approach at other times.

He may have done something that startled her without realizing it. With patience she will get over it. Licking his hand to get his scent is great...maybe smear his palm with a little cream cheese or peanut butter (don't overdo it).

We need pictures, btw.

@debradownsouth This morning he feed her himself by hand, however she only came and ate when he looked AWAY ๐Ÿ˜† as mentioned so thank you! It's progress!

We went out with her today and did a few stops and we noticed she's reacting his way to all the men and she's fine with the women ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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@debradownsouth This morning he feed her himself by hand, however she only came and ate when he looked AWAY ๐Ÿ˜† as mentioned so thank you! It's progress!

We went out with her today and did a few stops and we noticed she's reacting his way to all the men and she's fine with the women ๐Ÿ™ƒ

That's a big clue. Looking at her, particularly directly into her eyes, will likely be read as dominance or aggression and frightens her. When he does look in her direction it should be with unfocused eyes. Eventually when she relaxes with him you can teach eye contact. Clicker training is good for this.

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Oh and yesterday evening she started peeing on the sofa while looking straight at him... and she normally goes outside to pee... maybe she was upset that he was home?

Did you solve this issue? I had a dog who didnt like kids. Someone told me it could be because the previous owner had kids who scared the dog. So it could be a traumatic experience for the dog. And when kids were around, the dog would bark a lot always.

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