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Are some animals naturally handshy?

June 27th, 2006, 02:49 PM
I adopted Remy from the animal shelter at seven or eight weeks old and from the first he was very handshy (plus shy in general.) He slowly got over it with me for the most part, but is still handshy around strangers, even ones he otherwise likes and is comfortable around. Do you think it's instinct or did he have some scary event in his past?

June 27th, 2006, 05:43 PM
It may not be instinct but genetics, my own greyhound Maya has 3 known spooks on the first page of her pedigree Hurdy Gertie, Unruly and Westie Whizzer.
My prior spook greyhound Callie pedigee has Downing, Unruly and Westy Whizzer, not every pup in the litter will inherit the shyness for example Callies sister CBar Sarah was bold and confident, They spent their first 3 years being raised together, they had the same owner, same trainers, and raced together on the same track, and went to adoption around the same time, Sarah owner who lived in Buffalop adopted her off the track in New Hampshire and Callie ended up shipped to Ontario to an adoption group here.

Maya's littermate Abacu Racey and his new owner visited me after adoption, he is not a spook but a tad shy but was comfortable enough to approach me they spent their first 14 months together because of Maya's extreme shyness she was held back from going to the track, her racing owner believes strongly in adoption so waited for a opening at a track for her at a track, who has an adoption kennel that could ensure a good placement for her special needs, had she went to another track with her littermates she may have been deemed unadoptable and be put down instead.

Here is a picture of Maya, Abacu (both black, Maya in the read collar)

The track at Melbourne Florida where I got Maya, has an amazing adoption group, they take in all spooks and those with broken legs or suffer severe injures, it is extremely rare that any dog is put down there and they will attempt to find homes across North America for them, the first dog on their current special needs list, I had been asked if I could take him, unfortunaltely with a 3 dog limit I couldn't, but would have loved to as he is a stunning looking youngster and would have made a good playmate for Maya
THeir vet bills are horrendous and I try to help out when I can, knowing the amazing work they do. :)

June 27th, 2006, 08:51 PM
I would say yes to this. My Maia (what's in a name, OG?) is handshy of strangers. They must put their palms facing the sky or she won't go near. She has never been hit in her life, but she fails the 'hand test' everytime... I've had her since she was 8 weeks.

June 27th, 2006, 08:58 PM
Angel was like that as well, never hit, I had her when she was 3 months old. They are just weak nerved dogs and should be treated with caution.