How to develop the self-confidence of your dog
Posted on November 14 2018
Self-confidence is what makes one do not systematically back down in the face of the obstacles that present themselves, or in front of individuals or intimidating elements. It is learned 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!
Thanks to the presence of his mother, then learning to interact with others and crossing the various pitfalls that dot his young life, the puppy stores confidence and becomes more and more confident in his own abilities . The early stages of his life are crucial in this area. The accompaniment of the master is too. It must help the animal to go beyond his fears, what he thinks is his limits, to regain that self-confidence he so badly needs.
How is shyness manifested in dogs?
The dog who does not trust him is easily recognizable by his posture ; Faced with a situation that makes him uncomfortable (presence of other dogs, people ...), he has the tail between the hind legs, his ears are placed behind, flattened against his 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, he stands motionless in a corner and avoids crossing their eyes . These are all signs of hierarchical inferiority that are associated with shyness , lack 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 his mother, having not had the opportunity to interact with congeners and other living beings, he develops a fear of others that becomes difficult to correct later.
A dog that was a victim of violence in the past may also be losing confidence in himself. Nervous disorders and diseases are also part of the elements involved.
Trust is built!
To help your dog regain confidence, we must be very patient and exercise psychology and understanding . 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 him, but in a progressive way , in order to desensitize him. If he is afraid of his fellow creatures, the ideal would be to have him 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 his reactions to avoid further trauma.
He needs support and encouragement , whether interacting with individuals or overcoming any other apprehension. For example, if he is afraid of going down the stairs, jumping out of the sofa or crossing the door, he may be encouraged to do so by cheeringly encouraging him, clapping his hands. or even presenting him with a treat. The important thing is to give it time to progress at its own pace and confidence will be built slowly.