Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie Question

My Uncle has a male Sheltie that was abused/rescued along with another male Sheltie. Everytime...

My Uncle has a male Sheltie that was abused/rescued along with another male Sheltie. Everytime anybody comes to the house he goes behind the couch and paces back and forth. He won't go near anyone but my Uncle. I lived there a year and he still would watch my every move when I came into the room. He's seen me pet and play with the other Sheltie and sees I don't hurt him but still does the same old pacing thing. Aside from meds is there anything that can help him calm down and trust people?

    In Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie - Asked by Anonymous - 5/30/2011 10:00:06 PM
Wow, we just rescued a Sheltie and are having the same type of issues. I hope someone responds with some suggestions.
    Answered by Anonymous - 6/18/2011 6:41:17 PM

I would not do medications on him; try the natural herbal/homeopathic solutions. Put a harness and leash on the frightened Sheltie and have your uncle put the dog in front of him with a shortened leash. You enter the room and very slowly walk toward the dog, talking to him and your uncle in a very calm voice. When the dog tries to get away, you back up and wait. Do this until you are able to kneel down in front of the dog with a small treat in your hand. Put the treat on the floor near the dog, until he will let you give it to him out of your hand. I hope this will help; poor doggie. He must have had some very bad experiences and abuse from someone in his past.
    Answered by timmysfriends - 6/19/2011 11:38:28 AM

I got my Sheltie at 13 months from his breeder and he was nervous and afraid of everything and everyone.I don't know what happened at the breeders, but I think he lacked stimulation. I have had him for 1 1/2 years now, and what seemed to work was lots of socializing with lots of different people who can be calm and quiet around him. I also had 'special' (weiners work),treats to give to people to give to my pup. Make sure you don't get people to 'help' who are loud and move quickly- Shelties in general don't like that. Eventually my pup warmed up. He is still nervous a bit, but that's just a breed trait. Good luck.
    Answered by Anonymous - 2/21/2012 2:11:48 PM