Fearful Blue Healer around women in my family, but loves me...what gives?
Yogi in her mellow moment on my lap
I adopted my 3 year old blue heeler about 5 months ago. Living alone, and after the proper “house visit” she’s gotten along fabulously w/ my border collie (she was in a foster home of 11 other dogs, foster mom, and was attached to her and her grandson). She’s since been my “BFF”, and has not shown any aggression towards myself, my neighbors (on walks) or anyone else, including my (male) vet. My mom and sister are both “dog people”, yet Yogi is still fearful and skittish around them. At first meeting there seemed to be no issues with mom, but she became fearful, and wouldn’t come up to her. With my sister, we took a friendly non-threatening approach (having dogs, taking the submissive approach). We then took the approach of ignoring Yogi’s skittish behavior, hoping not to reinforce it. She’d take a treat, but run away frightened (she actually jumped up on a coffee table and defecated in fear!). Tonight, my sister was just sitting on the couch, minding her own business, and Yogi attempted to go after her with a low growl, and attempted to bite (which was prevented). Her sudden aggression and fear issues are concerning. She’s 3 years old, in all my years w/ dogs (prev Cattle Dog/Kelpie has NO issues, nor have my 3 border collies), I’m at a loss with Yogi! Help!