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Shy Dog

A shy dog is most definitely better than having and aggressive dog or biting dog, but it does carry its own issues. Shy dogs are not breed specific any dog, purebred, mixed, mutt, large, small, medium, it doesn’t matter, any dog can be shy. There are also different severity levels ranging from very mild to outright panic in every situation.

So, your first question is probably, why is my dog shy? Well, there are several reasons your dog may be a shy dog. First, it is most likely a learned behavior from their mother or maybe another animal they have been around. Another reason is because they may have certain sicknesses that cause them to be panicky or withdrawn. Lastly, improperly socialized animals tend to be shy for obvious reason such as they haven’t been around a lot of people or other animals.

The first step you can take in helping your dog overcome their shyness is taking the dog the vet and discussing the problems you are having in and out of the home. There could be underlying medical problems that could be contributing to this. Your vet can discuss any issues there may be and give you the steps you need to take.

Next, you should look into some training classes. There are experts out there that can help your shy dog overcome their fears. Are they scared of new people? Do they run away from loud noises? There are triggers you need to identify as the caregiver so you can inform the trainer.

There are some things you can do at home to help reinforce any techniques that are taught outside the home. First, you can use positive reinforcement every time the dog shows signs of improvement. Play with your dog and take him for walks. He may be reluctant at first but just take it one step at a time. Lastly, never get angry or aggressive with the dog no matter how frustrated you become. If you act like this with a shy dog, you will only reinforce his negative behavior.

The best thing you can do is be a gentle, loving and patient dog owner. If you are the owner of a shy dog then you of all people know how fragile they can be. With the help of experts, a trusted veterinarian and your family then you should have no problem bringing your shy dog out of his shell.

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