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We got Luna, a Pit Bull/Mastiff, when she was 6 weeks old. She is 12 months old now. She was great and a happy pup, but because of the weather, we haven't been able to take her out or have her be socialized like we were before. She would run to people, kiss them, love them, and now she is scared of people she doesn't know. She will not face them and tries to run inside. She is scared of noises as well now. She sometimes shakes as well. What happened to her? I don't understand why this has changed or if it can be fixed?

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April 10, 20150 found this helpful
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When did this start happening? Was it just recently, or are you basically saying you've had her for a year and you've never really tried to socialize her besides with random people you meet on walks?

All puppies are friendly. However, as they mature there comes a time when they decide that you are their pack and everybody else is not- unless they are socialized properly.

Dogs have to meet different kinds of people, including children or the elderly. If the weather is bad for a while, that means bringing the dog to other's houses and having people come and visit you at your house. It also means having your dog socialize with other dogs, like at the dog park, and with people who have dogs at their homes. They also need to learn about people, for instance at a park or dog friendly outdoor events.

You should make every effort to walk your dog twice a day, every day for about half an hour per walk. If the weather isn't great, put a jacket on the dog. The walk does several things- it shows your dog it can trust you in new situations. This creates a bond and gives the dog confidence. It also gets the dog acquainted with the environment- its territory. All dogs must have a territory. It also gives you a chance to teach your dog what to do in new situations. If you're unsure or worried about what's going to happen, your dog will know it.

If you are concerned that you won't be able to handle this large breed dog when it gets older, I suggest you re-home it now. The dog will sense your lack of trust and anxious dogs do bite. Someone with experience with large breed dogs or a mastiff rescue might take it.

If you really want to do this, learn to train a dog. Books, videos, articles, and DVDs are available. You have a large breed and with that comes responsibility.

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