Socialize Your Pet - Tips for Shy & Timid Dogs
Is your dog afraid of strangers? Does she bolt away when anyone attempts to pet her? Do you wish your dog could have people friends?
Here's a few tips on socializing your pet to help them become less timid and more open to human interaction.
Extremely scared or timid dogs may need to start with the very basics. Its integral to socialize your pet as often as possible. Consider bringing your pet to your local pet store. Most pet stores allow you to bring your pets in with you, and this can be an excellent social event. Choose a smaller boutique pet store for beginners, as the larger chain pet stores can get very busy, especially on weekends. If the store is worth your while, the staff will be ready and willing to give your pet some attention. The staff is typically very pet friendly and will be understanding of your timid pet's special needs. Properly trained or experienced pet store employees will be knowledgeable in interacting with your timid pet, providing a great opportunity to show our furry friends that we humans are not that bad after all.
Remember to never force your kids into anything they are not comfortable with and ALWAYS stay calm, cool, and collected. This will help your pet to feel calm, cool, and collected as well. Animals are incredibly perceptive to human emotion and will play off of their "dominant" example. This process will take time and patience. DO NOT FORCE IT UPON YOUR PET.
Continue to introduce your pet to new people and use positive reinforcement. Something as simple as a neighborhood walk may offer just the right amount of interaction. Before your walk begins, break up some treats into small bits and bring them along. Keep in mind we don't want to fatten the kids up here, but use the treats as a positive reward. When a person passes, they are very likely to notice your pet. Greet the passers-by and don't hesitate to introduce your pet in order to encourage interaction. Since most people can't resist an adorable doggy face, you should have no problem finding volunteers willing to say hello. Allow your pets to approach the stranger at their own pace. If your pet will not approach, ask the person to leave a treat on the ground or simply give praise of "Good Boy / Good Girl" in a higher pitched happy voice. This will show the animal that the person is not a threat and in fact can be a pleasant experience.
Friends and family can also be an excellent tool in socializing your pet. When guests come to your home, encourage positive interaction and assist your guests in making sure they do not appear threatening. For example, with smaller pets its often helpful for approaching strangers to squat down or even sit on the ground with your pet in order to avoid "hovering" over the animal, which can make them feel threatened. Regardless of your pet's size, avoiding eye contact is another tactic one can use to avoid an unintentional threatening approach.
The most important thing is to spend lots of time with your pet and show them they are loved. IPTouch animal massage is another strategy in building the human-animal bond. IPTouch improves your pet's physical and spiritual well being by using specific permission-guided techniques to improve muscle function, provide relaxation, and encourage a respect between human and animal. IPTouch really works! Animals of all ages can benefit from it.
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- Never force anything upon your pet during socialization. Allow your pets to approach other humans and animals at their own pace.
- Bring your pet to a pet store. Employees should be familiar with approaching shy pets and this can be a fun social event.
- Take your pet for a walk to the park. Use small treats to encourage positive interaction from passers-by.
- When guests come to your house, encourage positive, non-threatening interaction with your pet.
- For smaller dogs, it helps to kneel or sit when saying hello in order to avoid hovering, which the pet can perceive as threatening.
- Avoiding eye contact with a shy pet can help put them at ease during initial introductions.
- Stay calm and cool. Your dog is incredibly percepetive to human emotion and will play off your example.