How To Build Confidence In Your Dog
We have previously discussed the importance of socialization. Exposing your puppy to the world in the critical puppy socialization window (within the first three to four months
If you have a particularly shy or fearful dog – perhaps one who is timid around other dogs – don’t overexpose them in an attempt to build confidence. This is likely to have the opposite effect.
You can improve your dog’s confidence through positive, enriching experiences in a number of different settings. Physical exercise is important to maintain good health.
It is very rare for confidence to increase in a critical environment. Depending on your dog’s history and genetics, building their confidence could take a while.
As we said previously, every dog has different genetic makeups and unique learned experiences that can influence their confidence levels.
Some dogs may have extreme levels of shyness or timidity, which will make the confidence-building process a slow and laborious one.
You may also need to enlist the help of a professional dog trainer if your dog has behavioral issues that are acting as a blocker, and will need to be resolved to help improve their confidence.
Owning a pet dog should be an enjoyable experience! A confident dog breeds confidence for owners, and ensures you can lower your own stress and anxiety when bringing your dog out in public.