If your dog doesn’t like someone you probably shouldn’t either.
Rags was a dog who came to us from another rescue. He was going to be put to sleep because he was too difficult, and couldn’t be rehomed. He had a fascination for pots and pans, and would throw them around. He’d poo everywhere and stamp it in – he was constantly wound up and frustrated.
We offered to take Rags on, and see if we could help him. In a lot of ways, Rags was like an anti-social teenager. If he could, he’d have locked himself in a room, drawn the curtains and put on depressing music. He wasn’t very far off self-harming himself.
Humans really held no interest for Rags, he had clearly had a bad time with them in the past, and really didn’t have any desire to interact. It was impossible to get a picture of Rags – whenever he spotted a camera, he would make himself scarce. So there wasn’t much we could do at this point for him; he didn’t care if we tried to play or interact with him. The only thing we could do is show him that he was safe and could relax.
In these situations, it’s often another dog that becomes a bridge between the scared dog and the humans… so enter stage left, Bobby.