How to train a nervous dog?
Some dogs can be very timid and get nervous about many things. For example, when you move something that it doesn’t recognize, it may scare the dog. Some dogs are afraid of some objects and loud noises. This is caused by nervous tension in the dog.
A. Symptoms of nervous tension in dogs:
1. Nervous tension often occurs in small dogs and dogs that were isolated when they were young, and other dogs may also occur;
2. It may scare the dog when it moves something that it doesn’t recognize. For example, when you move furniture or boxes, it will be afraid; some dogs are afraid of objects, such as strollers. Even some dogs are afraid of hands.
3. Some dogs are afraid of various noises, such as fireworks, thunder and other noises.
B. Corrective measures for dog nervousness:
1. Fear of noise: Make a noise recording that can make dogs afraid. Under the condition of controlling the dog, play this recording in a low voice at first, and reward the dog if it does not show tension. Over a few weeks, gradually increase the volume of the recording until the volume is so loud that the dog is scared.
2. Fear of hands: Put food in the palm of your hand, and then put your hand on the ground in front of the dog. If the dog comes to eat, train your dog in the same way as a fear-prone dog. When the dog is willing to eat food like this all the time, you can shorten the distance from it, or even move to its side.
3. Fear of physical objects: Sometimes, dogs are afraid of unfamiliar things, especially those moving objects. For those dogs who live in households with no children, they are often afraid of strollers. When they see a stroller, they may shrink in fright or run away. The dog owner can put some food on the floor next to the cart, and then gradually push the food bowl closer to the cart until the dog reaches its head under the cart to eat the food. When the food bowl is placed under the cart and the dog can still enjoy the food, move the cart occasionally, and reward the dog with food when it does not show fear.