How to socialize a timid puppy?
A timid dog can be the result of genetics, a traumatic experience or inadequate education. They might even feel isolated because of little contact with other dogs or unknown people.
A dog is said to be timid when there is inhibition, distrust or fear in a situation. This can lead to various psychological trauma and even anxiety attacks in a dog. This article explains why dogs are timid and the different reactions of an inhibited dog. It also demonstrates how to prevent this dog behavior and four guidelines to help a withdrawn dog to socialize.
Below is a beautiful video you may love to watch. It has a lot of useful tips from Cesar Millan on how to help a dog to build their self confidence.
Why Timid Dogs Become Aggressive?
Timid dogs can have aggressive reactions because they feel insecure and unprotected in situations that are not in their control. Studies have shown that canine timidity is a trait that comes from the ancestor, the wolf. It is a characteristic of dogs who are very sensitive to external stimuli. Stimuli can often include excessive noise or the presence of unknown animals or people.
This explains, in part, the inherited shyness of some dogs. Timidity can also prevent a dog’s normal relationship with people, other animals or certain situations. This condition in a dog might even need canine psychological therapy in some cases.
Why Is My Dog Timid?
Timidity in a dog can be due to hierarchical issues. This can cause a dog to be submissive and shy because it is not the leader of the pack. Keep in mind that there is a rule that is often repeated: “shy parents, shy children.”
This unhealthy timidity in a dog is a common reason to consult canine educators.
However, you can definitely treat this timidity or extreme inhibition in your furry friend. Although it is quite challenging to make a timid dog, lose its inhibition completely, it is not entirely impossible.
Consequently, the ideal way is to be able to determine the cause of the timidity in the dog. However, it is not easy to ascertain the cause because the origin can be genetic. The timidity in a dog can also lead to anxiety. It usually happens with dogs who have lived isolated and deprived of freedom all their lives. As sad as this situation is, the dogs who have lived in and survived these brutal circumstances are usually nervous. They also tend to be compulsively destructive.
How to Recognize Timid Dogs?
There are dogs who, in response to shyness or their inability to cope with certain situations, respond with aggressiveness. Others may have panic attacks and flee uncontrollably or hide. There are also some who relax their sphincters and urinate or defecate involuntarily.
Another reason for dogs to be timid may be isolation or the lack of coexistence with other animals. It might also come from an inadequate education regarding the socialization of a dog since it was a puppy.
How to Prevent Canine Timidity?
The right kind of socialization from the time a dog is a puppy is the best way to avoid timidity. It is also the perfect technique to prevent the associated psychological problems in a dog.
An overprotected dog is more likely to be timid than the one who is not the center of attention. Moreover, canine games play an important role in establishing an effective relationship between an owner and the dog. It is an adequate therapy that allows the dog to release its energy and relax.
Playing with dogs helps to create bonds. Developing their social relationship is useful. This will help them to relax in various surroundings. Moreover, they would be uninhibited around people they know and trust. This is the first step to build or raise their level of confidence.
If we want a stable dog, we must lay the foundations from the time a puppy is young. We need to enrich the first experiences of a puppy, and how he or she relates to other people and animals. A good idea is help them to get used to its environment. By doing simple things such as taking them out in the streets safely, parks or trips with the family.
However, if behavioral problems caused by timidity in a dog cannot be reduced, it is advisable to consult an expert. It is important to determine the cause. An expert will be better informed to assess and choose the right procedure to follow to solve the problem.
How to socialize a timid puppy with these tips and tricks!
The technique usually used by dog educators concerning timid dogs is: The gradual exposure of dogs to various situations that cause timidity in them.
Relaxation is the key. Help your dog to relax, unwind and let go of all the pent-up fear and aggression. Here are four things you can do to help a timid dog socialize.
- If timidity in your dog is preventing him to lead a normal happy life, you should consult a veterinarian or a dog expert immediately. Also, if it triggers aggression, anxiety and the inability to face certain situations in your dog, consult a vet. It is natural for dog owners to try to solve the problem themselves at first. However, if you see it getting out of your hands, it is time to see an expert.
- Try to determine the cause of fear or shyness. For example, if you have an adopted dog, try to find out the ‘history’ if someone has mistreated him or her. Although, as stated earlier, it might not always be possible to determine the reason. There is a chance that it may also have a genetic origin.
- To reduce fear and shyness in your dog, provide your dog enough opportunity to socialize. This may include interacting with people and other dogs and having different experiences.
- Play with the dog and spend time with it. Go for canine rides, trips and play outdoor games like fetch and hide & seek. The more you spend time with your dog, the better it will be for you and your pet. This will build his confidence and gradually reduce fear.
Food for Thought
Dogs are our most loyal friends, and it is not just words. So, give your love lot’s of love and support him or her in every possible way you can. This will to a great extent ward off physical or psychological illness for you and your dog and ensure perfect happiness. Watch out for the signs and take action early to prevent any problem in your dog nit just shyness or fear.