|Barked: Mon Feb 14, '11 11:27am PST |
|My hybrids, without fail, head for the hills (behind the sofa, under the bed, in the shower behind the curtain, etc..) when more than two strangers to them come into my house. I instruct my human guests to sit down and speak without raising their voices as if the wolves are not even in the house and, ignore them when they peek around doorways at the humans. After 15-20 minutes, the wolves will cautiously approach the new humans and sniff their feet and legs, still make the humans ignore them. Once the wolves are satisfied the human is not a threat they will look at the person's face - that's when the person should move slowly and gently stroke the wolf's cheek, not the top of their head or their chin as either is more threatening to the canines. Once the wolf is okay with that, then have at petting them, just don't hug them or, for children, tackle them.
Perhaps a similar tactic would work with your shy canine companions.
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