Hey guys, I know I've been absent for a while but I need your help! I just adopted a one year old, red spayed female Doberman off of craigslist and she is such a sweet girl and my other Dobe absolutely loves her. My boyfriend and I both love her, but my little brother who lives with us does not. Neither does his gf. His gf is an only child who was only raised around cats so she's a little spoiled, not used to big rambunctious dogs, and has my little brother completely wrapped around her finger.
I have had her since Sunday night (11/25). He is hardly ever home, when he comes home, he breezes past her and usually goes straight to his room or starts cooking in the kitchen and ignores her. Only today did he finally start trying to say hi to her and interact with her when he comes in. Consequently, she seems to think he is an intruder that periodically comes and goes and must be barked at EVERY time she sees him. She will literally run at him and start barking. I try to intercept him on his way out and give him a hug and reintroduce him to her while he pets her while I'm reassuring her but he's always "in a hurry" and just brushes me off and leaves. No wonder she's freaked out by him!
I told him he needs to spend some time with her, give her some treats, make her sit for them, play with her, etc. but he's "too busy" all the freakin' time! Now he and his gf are so nervous/scared around her (which I'm sure doesn't help set her at ease in the slightest), they make me lock her up in a separate room while they go through the house
I know I just need to sit down with him, explain the situation, and make him spend some time with her, but do you guys have any other suggestions? I really want this to work out, Peyton is SO happy now that she has a little sister to play with!