My dog is terrified

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by amberrichardsonn, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. amberrichardsonn

    amberrichardsonn In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2011
    My dog is terrified when the postman comes, people say its because the post man doesnt come in the house?
  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Could the postman have abused your dog in the past and your dog is afraid of him? [​IMG]
  3. Postmen carry pepper spray or something like it. May he used it on your dog one time. [​IMG]
  4. terrilhb

    terrilhb Songster

    Dec 11, 2010
    How old is the dog? Has he always been afraid of him or is this something out of the blue? Poor dog.
  5. Whitewinterwolf

    Whitewinterwolf Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    The post men eat puppy's for dinner, didn't you know that?

    In all seriousness you dog may have had a bad experience, pepper spray, swatted...who knows.
  6. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Songster

    Feb 5, 2011
    no real harm in allowing your dog to cower from the postman really its not as though the post man is there all the time anyways so dont feel the need to force your dog to enjoy the postman.
  7. thebritt

    thebritt Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    I've had success with my puppy (now a little over 1 yr old) by giving a treat whenever a "scary" person comes around. Solomon comes to work with me every day, and used to get all barky and freaked out whenever a vender would come by. When I would hear a truck pull up, I'd say, "Solomon, want a treat?". He's very treat-driven, and easily distracted with treats. Might work with the mailman. Another approach is to have treats outside by the door. Ask the mailman if he wouldn't mind tossing a treat thru the mail slot (if that's what you have) and just leaving. No "Here ya go, pup", no acknowledgement of the dog - just toss a treat and leave. One of our venders brings treats every time, and Solomon gets all excited when he hears his truck pull up. The whole idea is to have the dog associate the scary thing with really good, happy thoughts! Good luck!

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