Why is my Springer Spaniel puppy so timid?

by Catherine
(Newcastle)

We've had a springer spaniel before and she was also like this, she tends to bark at strangers run away when people in the family try to stroke her. She's very gentle and loving,we have had this problem since she was 12 weeks. We were just wondering is there anything we can do to try and settle this?



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Jul 18, 2014
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by: Anonymous

You need to show more love to her. Spaniels are veary loving and the expect you to be too. If she is doing something wrong treat her like you would a child and get after her and then go and pet her and show her as much love as possible. I have a Britney Spaniel myself and she will bark at strangers sometimes but usually she doesn't, instead she wags her tail knowing there is a new person to play with. If you love her she will respect you and won't cause problems, whether it be running away or barking

Sep 10, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I have Welsh Springers who can occasionally be timid. One trick I've discovered is to get people to approach the puppy with the palm of the hand turned upwards and tickle under the chin rather than with the palm down to stroke the head, which is a more dominant action to the puppy.

Sep 10, 2011
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by: Anonymous

My boy has always been timid, he is an adult but a rescue with a bad past. I have taken him to doggy day care (where I volunteer, so I am with him) and he is really coming out of himself, running around with lots of other dogs and people. Puppy classes where there is really good control of all dogs may also help, I took him to puppy gun dog training and he really came out of himself. He will now go over and say hello to our neighbour when she is around, without running away and strangers can stroke him.

Sep 07, 2011
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by: Michele

She needs to get out of her comfy environment and meet people! Dogs like and need socializing. It's easy to do and only takes a few minutes each day.

Start by taking her for a walk...somewhere busy where there are lots of people, like a shopping center. Most people love puppies and several will likely ask you if they can pet her. Your answer is YES! Make your puppy sit and then let the strangers pet her. You can go one step further by taking some small treats with you and asking your 'helpers' if they would give her a treat. Once she starts realizing strangers aren't scary she'll stop being so timid.

After a few days of walking around busy places, start trying to have some visitors at home. It can be anyone - a friend, a neighbor. Go thru the same drill as you did when you took the puppy out walking.

This should work for you and your Springer puppy. Patience and consistency! Just like having a toddler!

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