It's sadly pretty common for dogs to be afraid of men simply because men statistically are more likely be the abuser in their past.I have the opportunity to rescue a 4 year old basset male. He is very timid, especially around men. How long do you think it will take before he gains back a sense of trust, or will he?
Makes me sick to think people can abuse such kind dogs. The other day I was getting food for Anabelle and she always gets excited at dinner time. I raised my hands in the air like a "hooray" sort of motion, and she cowered like I was going to hit her. I've never hit her before.I have a 2 year old rescue Basset. I feel sure she was abused....know for a fact she was abandoned. For the first few months whenever I picked up anything...she would pancake. That is flatten on the floor like she expected to be beaten. This could be a ruler, telephone, flash light, head set.......most anything. Or just reaching up to scratch my head......would make her pancake. Now nine moths later we are getting better. She does not pancake.....just a tuck and runs back a bit. I lay the object down and call her....let her sniff it. While I praise her for being such a brave girl. It helps that our other Basset, who was never mistreated, comes waddling in complete unconcerned....wanting her share of the praise. But I think it will be a year at the very least.....more like two years before we get completely past the pancake syndrome. Some mental scars will never heal....in dogs or people but lots of TLC will get most over their fears. So hang in there.....time and love do heal.