A great way to build a dog’s confidence is, to teach them a skill like “stay” and show the dog, how rewarding it can be.
Additionally it is important to set up effective boundaries.
Anytime emotional creatures experience fear, they run away. When they are away from the “thing” that caused fear, they can relax. We want to show them where to run to and that we are right by their side. Being in our presence should make the dog feel safe, knowing that they can rest in our power.
Food or treats do not work in these situations. As humans we can actually relate to this, because when we are nervous or adrenalized, we don’t really care to eat. Food and treats work, when the dog is in a calmer state or focused on obtaining the food.
The training tool that does work is the leash, because it applies pressure, which has a more calming effect than food.
When you have a fearful dog, it’s really about lifestyle and practicing with your dog, how to overcome situations that cause fear.
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