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    Default Very Timid Dog

    My partner was walking our dogs 2 weeks ago, On this walk he was assaulted, he was receiving punches to his face until he had to let go of our dogs, Ella (1year old) is timid at the best of times. Ran straight back to our car. thankfully Tink (5month) followed her. Since then she is deathly afraid of her shadow. Can anyone recommend anything i can do to reassure her. get her confidence back !

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    That is an awful thing to have happened and I imagine walking is stressful for all concerned after that!
    I am sure others will have suggestions, I would go all together to somewhere you know is quiet and safe and try some short strolls. They will pick up your tension so that will be the big challenge. Stress will tighten your hand on the lead and they will know.
    Not knowing where you live and what your options are makes it difficult to be too specific. It would have been traumatic for you all, sympathies.

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    Hi 'Julie-anne Fenner' and to the forum !

    Very sorry to be reading this in your first post ! Really hope that your partner is OK after being assaulted. How scary for your partner and the two dogs !

    Because you have not given much information here – all I can do is put up some links for you to have a good look at. Just remember both of your dogs are very young – so training is probably the best way to help both of them in this situation.

    Here are some links for you:

    This first one goes through the different ages/stages of pups lives and the sort of things that they can go through.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...-calendar.html

    The next one has a lot of really good information about a lot of things:

    Free downloads | Dog Star Daily

    Again – have a really good look around this site – particularly in the training area – the knowledge base:

    K9 PRO - The K9 Professionals

    Kikopup makes things look so easy ! Don’t worry about the clicker – use a word to mark instead. I am sure you will find something here that will help you:

    kikopup puppy tips - YouTube

    Good Luck !

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    What an awful experience for your family!
    Incidents like this, leave impressions. For all 3 of your family that were present.
    I would be gaining confidence at the same spot as the incident. Take their dinner and eat it on the spot the assault took place, and cover up the negative vibes with good ones for the dogs.
    This will be an easy task for hubby to train, with no stress signals being sent. Especially if you are around as another pair of ears/eyes, to help hubby to relax, and feed, stroke dogs, tummy rubs, then home on the good note.

    I try to 'rub out' the lessons that are negative, by returning to same spot, and putting positive memories into that spot. By feeding usually.

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    You've been given some good advice here already, I just wanted to send my thoughts to you and your family after such a traumatic incident. I hope you all bounce back quickly.

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    Thank you all so much, it happened in Redcliffe Queensland on the walking track on the beach front, we don't know as to why this man assaulted Jeff, however he has been arrested and charged with grevious bodily harm. I will read all the links. We have not been back on that walk as the man lives on the beach front. We have tried walks around our house which they are very familiar with. It's sad that my babies are in such a state because of this person, Tink 5month male has started his nervous butting again. .. Thank you all again for your help.. I will keep everyone posted on how we are going.. Thanks again

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    Have a look on this site for ways to deal with canine anxiety. I know some have had success with thunder shirts and in another thread chammomile tea?

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    On top of all the advice given above I would only add that your treats must be extremely high value - roast pork, roast chicken, t-bone, and yes maybe curried prawns - whatever you use must make them want to absolutely stand on their heads for.

    The size of the treat should not be bigger than your little finger nail.
    Nev Allen
    Border River Pet Resort

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    So sorry for you and your family.
    I have no further ideas to add to what has been posted but just wish you all the best.

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    We had a better walk today.. We have not been on the bike track. But we have been going to the park around the corner. Tink was better then yesterday, Ella was good, her tail was out,up and wagging,. She left my side and had a run after her ball.. Tomorrow we are going to walk with other people

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