One question that we get asked all the time is how to help an anxious or nervous dog. It is frustrating when you want to train or just have fun with your dog, but they are scared, nervous or distrustful.
Our four-legged friends can be anxious, for various reasons. For some it is their temperament, for others it is the mark of past trauma. Anyway, fear remains a natural feeling to the danger. It can occur at any time. How can we respond to these behaviors? How do you help your dog regain confidence and overcome his fears?
If your dog is anxious, surround it with love.
When a dog is frightened, the perception of his own body is blurred, impossible for him to focus; his attention is focused on the danger the dog believes should avoid. To him regain a sense of calm and healing must therefore make him regain consciousness of his body.
For this, what could be more effective than some sweet and caring massage to your dog trembling? Through hugs and massages the dog will reconnect with his sensations, and refocus.
It never helps to scream, to get excited or even give orders … an anxious dog will never be receptive. Instead, it risks worsening the situation. Stay calm, caring and reassuring.
We do not think always necessary but massages are a great way to calm an anxious dog. The result is sometimes immediate. however be careful not treat all dogs as you would your own dog. Indeed, the animal must trust you; otherwise it may feel threatened.
This is actually micro-massages, we do it without even realizing it. Caresses reinforce the link between the master and his dog and create a climate of confidence. It helps calms the animal, and enjoys the feel of her hand on her body. Do not hesitate to carry this out as soon as your dog exhibits signs of fear, such as: tremors, tail between legs, ears down, etc.
Sometimes, just the fact of laying your hands on your dog’s body may be sufficient to restore confidence. When your pet refuses to move, for example, it is recommended to push with the flat of the hand, rather than pull him by the collar. More often the dog will follow the pulse.
If you need any help or advice on how to better connect with your dog, to aid in training or obedience, contact us for helpful advice.