How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Bruce Your Own Question

Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Training
Satisfied Customers: 15370
Experience:  13 years experience as a veterinarian dealing with dogs.
14018973
Type Your Dog Training Question Here...
Dr. Bruce is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Hi, About 3 weeks ago we purchased Lyca. She is a full-blooded

Resolved Question:

Hi,
About 3 weeks ago we purchased Lyca. She is a full-blooded German Shepherd Dog from champion blood lines. My husband purchased her with the hope of training her as a personal protection dog. When we received Lyca she was wonderful. No fear, solid nerves adventurous. Everything you would hope a puppy of her age would be. Recently we noticed that she was displaying signs of fear around new people and places. We couldn't understand what had happened. Yesterday, when I got home I discovered that she had gotten sick and soiled her crate. There was runny stool everywhere. I called the housekeeper who come in on Mondays and she admitted that the dog had done so when she was there and had failed to call us and let us know. Lyca was sitting in that pool of poop for 2 hours. The housekeeper then admitted that she had been using the vacuum in the room where Lyca was in and that Lyca was very upset. Long story short I am afraid that the 4 encounters Lyca has had with the housekeeper have caused her to become fearful of new people and places. God only knows what went on when I was not there. I am extremely upset and want try and undo what ever has been done to my poor pup. Is this possible? Can I help her forget and help her return to her old seft? Or, is this now who she is. Please advise...

Thanks,
Christine
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

Welcome. I'm Dr. Bruce and I've been a veterinarian for over 12 years. I'm sorry to hear about Lyca's situation. Exactly how old is she? Has she been to your vet's office yet? Is she one that you've got into puppy classes?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Lyca is 16 weeks old. We've not since the experience yesteday but yes she has all her vaccinations and Thursay she getting her Rabies. My husband who has experience in obedience training is training her along with the local police department K9 unit (weekly)

Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for all that good information. It sounds like your husband has a lot of good experience and skills to help with making Lyca a very good / social / confident dog. I would have full hope that she gets back to her old confident and adventurous self! She's at an age where her body and mind are growing. Thebest ting to do is to continue to open up the world for her so she can experience and participate in as much as possible. One of the best things is puppy classes where she can meet other young, energetic dogs and their owners. These classes help to expose them to new situations / environments and interactions. Basically the more she does all this, the more confident she gets / builds up. I wouldn''t feel that the house keeper has scarred her for life. She may not like the vacuum sounds, so to help with this, I would keep her away from it as best as possible until she's more confident. You can slowly increase her exposure to that noise by having it progressively moved closer while she's be kept quiet and reassured. This girl sounds like she's got a great family and world of opportunities. Again. I feel she is not scarred for life. At this age, they are like a ball of clay waiting to be molded over time by their owners and environment into the best pet possible.
Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Training
Satisfied Customers: 15370
Experience: 13 years experience as a veterinarian dealing with dogs.
Dr. Bruce and 3 other Dog Training Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
< Last | Next >
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Pawsitivtrainr

    Dog Trainer

    Satisfied Customers:

    145
    35+ years Training Dogs
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PA/Pawsitivtrainr/2012-6-19_191152_DOROTHYANN500X509.64x64.jpg Pawsitivtrainr's Avatar

    Pawsitivtrainr

    Dog Trainer

    Satisfied Customers:

    145
    35+ years Training Dogs
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AG/agilityaddict/2012-6-6_18501_IMG4422.64x64.jpg agilityaddict's Avatar

    agilityaddict

    Pet Trainer

    Satisfied Customers:

    89
    20 years experience training dogs in obedience and agility, current 4-H agility superintendent
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetdeb/Debbie Headshot 500.64x64.jpg Dr. Deb's Avatar

    Dr. Deb

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    69
    I have been a breeder and owner of dogs for over 40 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DO/dogdoc4u/2012-6-18_0347_CanonPics2012082.64x64.jpg Dr. Altman's Avatar

    Dr. Altman

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    58
    Practicing small animal veterinarian for 15 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MS/MsAM/2012-6-9_16426_anna.64x64.jpeg Anna's Avatar

    Anna

    Pet Trainer

    Satisfied Customers:

    43
    40 yrs. training pet dogs and performance dogs in obedience, agility, herding, tracking, and therapy.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    37
    13 years experience as a veterinarian dealing with dogs.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/jadedangel57/2014-5-4_221755_janenewsm.64x64.jpg Jane Lefler's Avatar

    Jane Lefler

    Animal Behaviorist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1456
    Dog breeder/Trainer and Behaviorist 16+ years