Back in May we adopted an eight month old mix(German Shepard/Lab/Terrier/Chihuahua mix) from the local humane society. For the most part hes great. We absolutely adore him, he responds well to us (he even follows my 4 year old's commands) and has learned quickly.. There is just one major problem I have with him right now.. Hes scared of almost everything. I car driving nearby freaks him out, anyone raising their voice for any reason and he hides, the kids scream.. thunderstorms.. sirens.. the vacuum.. water hoses.. anyone opening the oven.. He is especially scared of men in general, which is going to be a problem when my husband comes home in a few months. The latest thing is hes scared of getting his nails clipped. They NEED to be clipped but I can't do it without accidentally hurting him since he won't sit still and I don't know what to do about it. I swear the only things hes not scared of is me, the kids and the cat everything else freaks him out.
Any advice on what can help him become less scared of just about anything/everything? He doesn't act up really when hes scared, I'm not worried he will bite anyone or anything like that. The only negative thing that happens is him peeing all over the place when hes scared. I just hate seeing him frighten so much and honestly the little scared whine he does breaks my heart. Its so sad. When hes not scared of something hes a very happy dog and loves to play with the kids and the kitten (his best friend, these two adore each other), right now hes giving me his "pet me" look.
Also any advice on getting him ready for a long car ride? We are moving from Florida to North Carolina early next year and as you can probably guess hes scared of being in a car. Id rather not get a tranquilizer or anything like that but Id be willing to if I can't get him to calm down. Right now he whines from the minute I force him into the car to the minute I carry him out of the car.