Watch out for cuing/signalling for a negative response in your dog …
Try not to tighten and tense up your dogs lead when you spot another dog in the distance (this also applies to spotting other animals or people) and usually a road crossing is not needing when discovering them either ;-) These actions only perpetuate the signals to your dog, that yes indeed, there must be something off with that ‘creature’ if we are to ‘react’ this way.
Another, slightly different way to look at cuing is -
When you put your dog back on their lead after a recall, try if you can, to leave the lead long enough for slack. If you have the lead too short and tight each time after you get your dog back in, a negative association can form with coming back to you and being put on the lead - your dog has lost all that freedom, Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant & Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.
Did your young dogs fear seem to come out of nowhere? Let’s talk ‘Fear Impact Periods’…
Fear Impact Periods -
In general, the more independence a dog achieves with maturity, the more cautious they become about the unfamiliar. [Read More…]
A fear of strangers —
Firstly, you do not have to know the exact route cause as to why your dog is fearful of strangers, to be able to help them.
The first step is very specifically, identify all those your dog is afraid around – who and when.
Then, for the early stages of the training process it is all about lowering your dog’s (and your own) stress levels, by avoiding these triggers, to help them become amenable to teaching. [Read More…]
Is your dog scared of strangers?
When interacting -
Ideally, strangers should remain standing (bending over so that face and eyes are on the same level can be quite threatening to a dog) slightly side on, keeping their hands in close to their body (hands can be scary!)
The person if possible, could be asked to look over at……rather than at your dogs eyes.
If your dog hides behind you or moves away, that’s fine, let your dog have their space - for everyone’s well being. [Read More…]