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Frightened or Shy Puppy

por paw beak (08-09-2019)

Frightened or Shy Puppy

Realize that it is natural for dogs to be afraid of new things. That’s why you have to socialize your puppy so that they are not afraid of people, new or strange objects and places and other animals.

Puppies also have natural “fear periods.” The first eight weeks of life is one of them. A second kicks in around the ages of four to six months.

One of the first rules of puppy training is to go slow. Don’t force a puppy into scary situations. It’s normal to want your puppy to respond positively to all situations and to do it now, but you have to give the dog time to adapt and learn that new experiences can be good.

When your puppy does show his or her fear, don’t reinforce it. It’s natural to want to coddle them, but those actions can actually reinforce the unwanted behavior. Puppy will soon learn that it is easy to get attention by cowering, shaking or whining. Don’t reward the fearful behavior. Ignore it and save the praise for when the puppy demonstrates good behavior.

Be prepared to spend time teaching your puppy positive behavioral traits. It is not going to happen overnight, so settle in for the long haul.

While it is only natural that people tend to gather around a new puppy, remember that this can be frightening for the little fur ball. Let the puppy approach the person. Never push the puppy to go to the person. Give them time. If a puppy runs off to hide, he or she will come back when they feel confident with the situation. Using verbal commands to make the puppy come out of hiding is a big mistake.