11-Month-Old Adopted Australian Shepherd Will Not Come Near My Husband or She Barks at Him


We recently adopted an 11-month-old Aussie that was being rehomed by the breeder. She was obviously neglected, fleas, weight loss, no socialization or training.

She is a wonderful dog, very sweet, friendly. The problem we are having is she is not connecting with my husband. Will not approach him and barks at him.

The breeder doesn't think she was abused by previous owner but is unable to figure out why she behaves that way around him.

How do we handle a situation like this?

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by: jcrply

Here's something you could try: Have your husband be the only person who feeds your Aussie. It might help even more if he can dole out the food one part at a time in his hand (let her take the bites of food directly from his hand, not a dish). This should be the routine at every meal. He may have to be very patient, but eventually she should become hungry enough to take the food. He should not try to touch her, just sit on the floor and hold out a hand with food. And at first maybe try not to stare at her. Make it as casual and calm as possible.

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