my pup who is almost 4 months now is very wary around my dad and i'm not sure why. i've never seen him hit my dog or anything. he doesn't like how my dog keeps backing away from him so he will often drag him towards him and force him onto his lap where my dog won't feel comfortable.
obviously my dad feels rejected and his behaviour towards my dog is not good for him. i tell my dad to back off but he does not take it very seriously ("I'm not harming the dog" "what's wrong with him?")
my dad does pay for all of his medical bills and food and everything, there's never any malice towards my dog, if anything he loves my dog as much as everyone else in the family but i keep thinking that because he's a puppy my dog will develop fear based aggression issues later on.
why does my dog act this way?
other dogs as well at the park and in peoples yards are terrified of him so it's not just my dog that's the problem.
there used to be these two dogs these people kept behind their shop and whenever anyone would walk past they would go nuts. they lived behind a chain link fence so they could see everyone as they walked by. one was a german sheperd and the other was a mixed breed, both fairly large dogs. My dad would go there to say hello, no loud noises, no threatening or quick movements and both dogs would just disappear. he would call out to them ("hello! doggy doggy doggy...") and they wouldn't come out and it was actually pretty funny to watch.
it's not every dog that acts like this but many of them do. my old man never acts offensively to them and i think he's confused and a little bit hurt by why some dogs are so afraid of him.
have you seen anything like this and besides developing trust slowly eg. my dad not pulling him over, is there anything i can do to make my dog feel more comfortable around my old man?