Just like people, some dogs may be more shy than others. There are many things you can do to help him become more comfortable in his surroundings.
A recent article provided by the Michigan Humane Society provided us with some tips on how to behave around a shy dog and I wanted to reiterate these great ideas.
- Your body language says a lot to a dog. The most important thing is to be slow and gentle in your movements around a shy dog.
- Don’t hover over a shy dog as it may make him feel trapped.
- Speak in slow, soft, and soothing tones.
- Rather than approaching a dog straight-on, face your side toward him to make yourself more approachable.
- Approach a shy dog very slowly, and if it seems too fearful, then wait for it to approach you.
- Be very patient. If he approaches you, don’t hug him or trap him, but let him become comfortable with you in his own time.
- Don’t block a shy dog into a corner and always make sure they have an escape route if they may feel the need to get away.
- Crouch down to get on the dog’s level and offer a scratch under the chin rather than over the head.
- Positive reinforcement is a great tool. Continue to offer treats and love and never anger or scolding.
- A great way to build trust and confidence is with training. Practice teaching tricks or enroll your dog in a training class.
Do you have a shy dog or more tips? Share them with us!