DEVELOP THE SELF-CONFIDENCE OF YOUR DOG

DEVELOP THE SELF-CONFIDENCE OF YOUR DOG

            Self-confidence is what makes that one does not systematically back down in front of the obstacles which are presented, nor with the individuals or intimidating elements. It is acquired from an early age and strengthens over the months and years, as one faces challenges and is able to overcome them. It’s exactly the same with our dog friends!

Summary:

➥How does shyness manifest itself in dogs?


➥Causes of lack of self-confidence in dogs


➥Trust is built!

    Thanks to the presence of its mother, then learning to interact with others and crossing the various pitfalls that dot its young life, the puppy stores confidence and becomes more and more confident in its own abilities. The early stages of its life are crucial in this area. The accompaniment of the master is too. It must help the animal to go beyond its fears, what it thinks is its limits, to regain that self-confidence he so badly needs.

➥How does shyness manifest itself in dogs?

The dog who does not trust it is easily recognizable by its posture; Faced with a situation that makes it  uncomfortable (presence of other dogs, people …), it has the tail between the hind legs, its ears are placed behind, flattened against its head. This one is low. The animal may start to quiver and have a tendency to recoil or flee when approaching.

In the presence of other dogs, it stands still in a corner and avoids crossing their eyes. These are all signs of hierarchical inferiority that are associated with shynesslack of self-confidence.

➥Causes of lack of self-confidence in dogs

The causes of lack of self-confidence are multiple. They often originate in the early stages of the dog’s youth. The lack of socialization of the puppy is one of the main factors of shyness. Retired too soon to its mother, having not had the opportunity to interact with congeners and other living beings, it develops a fear of others that becomes difficult to correct later.

A dog who has been abused in the past may also lose confidence in itself. Nervous disorders and diseases are also part of the elements involved.

➥Trust is built!

To help your dog regain its confidence, you have to be very patient, psychologically and understandably. The results will not happen overnight. It’s a long process, requiring a lot of work on the part of the master.

The dog must be confronted with what intimidates it, but in a progressive way, in order to desensitize it. If it is afraid of its fellow creatures, the ideal would be to have it meet a dog with a mild temperament for a first contact. You can learn from relatives, friends or neighbors to find a well educated and calm animal. Gradually, we can then invite his dog to meet others, carefully watching its reactions to avoid further trauma.

It needs support and encouragement, whether it’s interacting with people or overcoming any other apprehension. For example, if it is afraid of going down the stairs, jumping off the couch or crossing the door, you may be encouraged to do so by cheeringly encouraging itclapping its hands. or even presenting it with a treat. The important thing is to give it time to progress at its own pace and confidence will be built slowly.