|Barked: Thu Oct 18, '12 12:31pm PST |
|You've gotten good advice. I just wanted to emphasize (since I have my own fearful Doxie) that many of them DO NOT like being picked up, even by people they know. They are very sensitive and seem to realize how fragile their backs are. Much better for people to get down to their level to interact with them.
In your case, your Doxie really needs to be ignored by visitors and to have a safe place (kennel) where she can take refuge if she feels overwhelmed. It shouldn't take long to get her used to a cozy kennel, since Dachshunds love burrowing and prefer to sleep with their heads under a blanket.
A stuffed Kong or tasty chew is an excellent way to occupy her, especially when guests initially arrive. After everyone's settled, you could let her come explore. But encourage your guests to ignore her and let her
come to them. They could give her treats if she approaches, but just because she takes food from someone doesn't always mean she's ready for them to pet her.
Watch her body language. If she moves slowly or stiffly, leans forward to sniff instead of moving closer, keeps her tail tucked or low, licks her lips, or even lifts her paw a lot, she's still nervous. My rule of thumb is if Lupi feels comfortable enough for a new person to pet her, she'll nudge them. Otherwise, they can ask for a high five or shake a paw and give her a treat.
Be careful not to scold her or get upset when she pees (I know it's hard!) or it could make her even more scared. Because she does it mainly with men (bigger, deeper voices=scarier) I'm thinking the peeing is definitely fear, not excitement. You should find a big improvement if men make it a practice not to look at her or talk to her when they enter the house. And if she does pee out of excitement (not uncommon for the breed) the same rules apply. The calmer others are, the calmer she'll feel too.
Hope she feels more comfortable in her new home soon!
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