I WANT TO HELP MY DOG WITH VISITORS OR OTHER FEARS
HOW TO HELP YOUR FEARFUL DOG
Tips to help your dog cope with fears
Dog scan be fearful for many reasons.
Most common kinds of shyness are:
- Social shyness: fear of new or unfamiliar people. Sometimes this can be very specific, like fear of men, fear of children, or also other dogs
- Fear of new situations, new places, specific objects (vacuum cleaner)
- Traffic shyness: fear of sounds and movements of cars in the streets
Nervous dogs may shake, try to hide or run away, but can also bark and sometimes even bite.
When your dog is scared, the best thing you can do to make the fear go away is to move away from the situation.
Stay calm and take your dog away, to a place where he can feel safe.
Then you can start to help your nervous dog overcome his fear, with mild and gradual exposure.
Try to recreate the situation, but in a controlled manner: introduce your dog to the source of fear from distance, as you calm and praise him. Use treats to reward your dog when he calms down.
Remember that your dog will also react to your emotions, so you must remain relaxed and not get upset with him.
Repeat, come a little bit closer every time. Go slowly, and give it time. You may also consider seeking advice from your veterinarian or a board certified behaviorist.