How To Deal With a Shy Dog


Shy Puppy

“We recently adopted a dog who seems really shy around people and other dogs. Will he always be afraid?”

That question was recently posed to me and it’s a common concern for a dog with that temperament. Fear is a delicate issue with our dogs. It’s easy to make a dog afraid of things, and it can be very difficult to teach him not to be afraid.

There are some extremely important do’s and don’ts when working with a shy or fearful dog, and usually the best thing to do is talk to an experienced, force-free trainer who works with positive reinforcement to help dogs with these issues.The good news is that we can help your dog be more comfortable in the world, but it can take some time.

Here are some pointers to keep in mind:

Stranger danger

Your dog may be comfortable around certain types of people and not others. In every case, strangers should never just come right up to your dog–your dog should be allowed to approach people at his own pace, and not at all if he feels uncomfortable.

Don’t force interaction!

Never force interaction as this can cause greater fear and also provoke fear aggression. This can be tricky business, especially when….

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