A fearful dog is what many people misunderstand, but sadly, in trying to make things better for their dogs, they actually make it worse. Fearful dogs are nearly always lacking strong pack leaders, and their owners are often the kindest and gentlest people who want nothing more than to see their dog live a life of happy, fun and free.
What They Fail To Recognize
Here is where the problem is – many fail to recognize that their dog is actually scared because the owner is giving them the message that they are the pack leader. Their dog, like many, is not able to handle the pressure, and they should not be expected to.
To illustrate: Imagine yourself as a 4-year-old with your younger sister in a dark woods and there you hear a strange noise or a person coming towards you, then you become very frightened. However, if one of your parents were there with you, then everything would be fine. That is because you would not be in charge! This is how it is for your dog when you make them the pack leader. He is terrified and just wants to get home safe and alive.
All the responsibilities are on your dog’s shoulders and they are not able to handle it in this human world. There are just far too many strange things for them to make decisions, all the time. Eventually, they will snap unless you help them.
Help A Fearful Dog
To help your dog you must establish yourself as the pack leader. The best way to learn how to set yourself as the pack leader is by watching the videos rather than reading about it.
Here Are A Few Things To Remember When Working With A Fearful Dog
1. They can change but will struggle if you push it too fast
2. Ask your friends to ignore your dog when they first meet her
3. People should not approach your dog but wait until she is calm and then call her over.
4. If she does not come over then she is too scared and you must leave her alone.
Become The Pack Leader
For detailed information you can access a video-based website, The Online Dog Trainer, that will show you how to put all this into place through the use of video so you can sit back, watch, and learn.
Establishing yourself as the pack leader is the foundation to any success with fearful dogs. Until you recognize this and put it in place you will never be in a position to help your dog.
The Online Dog Trainer has easy to follow videos to set yourself as the pack leader and shows you how to give confidence to fearful dogs.
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