I thought I would post here because I am struggling with our new staffy and I apologise for the length of this post.
About 1 week ago, our pure bred 6 year old staff 'Serena' arrived from a very well known staff breeder in South Australia. She was freighted to my home in Western Australia. So far she has proved a beautiful girl but what worries me is that she is very, very timid, which I find very unusual for a staffy. She is only just now coming into the house to be with us, but if one of my three kids come into the room, she is off to the garage or under a desk in the study (you get the picture); treats wont coax her to come out and If i try to lead her out, she digs her paws and she is almost impossible to shift (she has a physique like a large wombat). she stays there all day unless I take her to the local dog beach. There,, she changes from a timid dog to a outgoing, boisterous and friendly staffy. she loves other dogs and people. But when I get her home she becomes fearful once more and looks for a place to hide. I also think she is scared of my little boys as she runs way if she sees them in the room. She isn't at all aggressive just frightened and as such I have limited contact between the young ones and Serena. This is a problem because I have 3 boys and my house is hardly quiet.
The breeder said that I should get her out of the garage and into the house as much as possible so she can get used to her new surroundings. IS this good advice? When I pick her up and put her with us on the couch, she stays put and sleeps right next to me. During the day this wouldnt happen.
What do I do? For me its new territory as my last staffy came from a large family so he fitted in essentially straight away.
thank you for reading