Doggie seems to fear family member
My 70+ year old mother wanted to adopt a dog, to keep her company. I spend much of the week with her, looking after basic things. We adopted a Coton from a breeder rescue.
My sister and my mother went and picked up little Bodhi, who was 11 months, and took him home. He was very shy, but bonded instantly with my sister, but wouldn't let either of us near him. My sister went home, and he has since bonded with me.
Whenever he sees my mother, he will growl, and slowly back away. She is the only person to ever have fed him, and he will get on her bed to receive treats, but only if she is looking away. He will not let her pet him. As you can imagine, she is pretty upset with the whole thing! What do we do to help them bond?
FYI: He will let me pet him, brush him etc., but only if I am in my bed. If I am anywhere else, he will follow me, but will not allow me to pet him. When I leave, he just sits on a couch, until I get back.