I just got an 8 month old scottie on Saturday, who hasn’t been socialized very well so he’s very skiddish, but luckily is not a biter! Among other things (that we’re working on at the moment), he seems to have an aversion to my dad, but not to most females. He barks/growls whenever my dad comes home, and shies away from him if he tries to play with him/pet him. Initially he was this way with all of us (minus the barking) but he’s made some improvements since bringing him home. He’s a lot more stubborn than I expected though, even after reading about the breed. So, I guess my question is..how do I prevent him from treating my dad (and other males) this way? I know it takes patience to get him properly socialized, but I’m just wondering if there’s something additional I could be doing.
Scottie News doesn’t think this is a Scottish Terrier issue, but more likely a problem related to bad early experiences with men. I used to have a cat that was scared of male humans and he never really conquered his fear. Has anyone successfully treated this problem?