Obie was afraid that my friend’s boyfriend might also become loud and obnoxious, so he was reacting accordingly. I have a 5 year old staff (f) and recently my bf has started staying over, my dog who is usually an extremely lively and friendly dog has suddenly shown signs of extreme anxiety towards my bf. We try to avoid picking her up. Nola0841 . Being abused by a man may cause a lifelong fear of all men. Posted : 11/17/2007 10:01:11 PM. My boyfriend moved in a year ago and since then she has been so scared. My dog is suddenly scared of my boyfriend if myself or my mum is around, when we arent home she loves him (she is an eight year old maltese shi-zu) when im around she will hide behind me ad follow me around trying to avoid him, she also shivers. A fearful dog does not need comforting and definitely does not need the human sharing in that fear. My partner is trying to make ammends for the last 3 months but instead of the hidden tail and squeal the dog now growls at him if the three of us sit on the couch. But for some reason she seems extra scared of my boyfriend. She pees and poops when we have to pick her up. I have a boyfriend and we live together. She hides behind me, snaps at him, and sometimes she even pooh's or tinkles she he gets near her (even after she had just gone outside). We can’t tell our dogs that everything is going to be okay with words, but we can definitely show them with our actions and energy. Hello, ... She is almost 2 now. The Final Word Most of the time, differences between your partner and your dog can be resolved with a bit of work. My yorkie is scared of my boyfriend and pees when punished. In many cases, being afraid of men can be traced to a lack of socialization with men when the dog was a puppy. Whenever he is around she pants excessively, shakes and her tail is inbetween her legs. Although it stings a little, the reasons your dog bonded with someone else likely have nothing to do with you. Stay calm, and don’t be afraid… I have a little pomeranian/chihuahua mix. I got my dog a few weeks ago. A fearful dog needs a calm, assertive leader. For a while it was so bad that he would hide his tail and squeal if he had to get past him. If your dog is attached to someone else, you may feel a bit hurt and wonder why. Please help. Dogs bond based on scent, associations they learn during puppyhood, and their unique personality traits. She also won’t let us pet her if she’s awake. Our newly adopted dog is afraid if both my husband and myself. The biggest problem is he will not go near my boyfriend at … I miss my happy playful puppy dog. He is a little over five months, and is afraid of people, but more afraid of men. 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