Please help. In many cases, being afraid of men can be traced to a lack of socialization with men when the dog was a puppy. Although it stings a little, the reasons your dog bonded with someone else likely have nothing to do with you. My dog is suddenly scared of my boyfriend if myself or my mum is around, when we arent home she loves him (she is an eight year old maltese shi-zu) when im around she will hide behind me ad follow me around trying to avoid him, she also shivers. Hello, ... She is almost 2 now. Even a dog that has lived with a … Dogs bond based on scent, associations they learn during puppyhood, and their unique personality traits. Our newly adopted dog is afraid if both my husband and myself. My boyfriend moved in a year ago and since then she has been so scared. My dog is brilliant with everybody, especially my now toddler but is afraid of my partner. If your dog is attached to someone else, you may feel a bit hurt and wonder why. Nola0841 . She also won’t let us pet her if she’s awake. Whenever he is around she pants excessively, shakes and her tail is inbetween her legs. He is a little over five months, and is afraid of people, but more afraid of men. A fearful dog does not need comforting and definitely does not need the human sharing in that fear. Stay calm, and don’t be afraid… We can’t tell our dogs that everything is going to be okay with words, but we can definitely show them with our actions and energy. I have a little pomeranian/chihuahua mix. My partner is trying to make ammends for the last 3 months but instead of the hidden tail and squeal the dog now growls at him if the three of us sit on the couch. Obie was afraid that my friend’s boyfriend might also become loud and obnoxious, so he was reacting accordingly. I have a 5 year old staff (f) and recently my bf has started staying over, my dog who is usually an extremely lively and friendly dog has suddenly shown signs of extreme anxiety towards my bf. She hides behind me, snaps at him, and sometimes she even pooh's or tinkles she he gets near her (even after she had just gone outside). Posted : 11/17/2007 10:01:11 PM. For the majority of dogs, this is not the most likely culprit, though. A fearful dog needs a calm, assertive leader. Being abused by a man may cause a lifelong fear of all men. The biggest problem is he will not go near my boyfriend at … I got my dog a few weeks ago. I have a boyfriend and we live together. By nature, she is a little skittish and has always been slightly more skittish around men. She pees and poops when we have to pick her up. For a while it was so bad that he would hide his tail and squeal if he had to get past him. We try to avoid picking her up. I moved in with him and he said I could bring my dog with me if she behaves and gets trained more. But for some reason she seems extra scared of my boyfriend. My yorkie is scared of my boyfriend and pees when punished. I miss my happy playful puppy dog. 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