How can I help my nervous puppy?

Why is my puppy nervous?

Some common fears include: Strange noises or a stranger’s approach can cause any dog to react but might be especially frightening to a puppy. Being alone can be a trigger for a puppy’s anxiety. Puppies may react fearfully to unfamiliar animals, meeting children, or introduction to babies.

How do I make my scared puppy feel safe?

If you think it’s safe, you can use a few tactics to approach the dog.

  1. Don’t Loom Over the Dog. …
  2. Get Down on the Dog’s Level. …
  3. Turn Sideways. …
  4. Speak in a High-Pitched Voice. …
  5. Never Punish a Fearful Dog. …
  6. Don’t Force Things. …
  7. Stay Positive.


How do you help a nervous dog?

Companion Animal Psychology

  1. Recognize that the dog is fearful. …
  2. Help the dog feel safe. …
  3. Don’t use punishment. …
  4. It’s okay to comfort your dog. …
  5. Don’t force your dog to face their fears. …
  6. Seek professional help. …
  7. Be in it for the long haul. …
  8. Make the most of available resources.
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How do you deal with a timid puppy?

When a timid dog hides, barks defensively, whines, screams or snaps, DO NOT pet or pick up your dog. These actions flagrantly reward the dog for fearful behavior. It is best to just completely ignore your dog when he acts fearful. Let him learn by his own experience that there is nothing to be afraid of.

How do I build my puppy’s confidence?

To help build confidence, introduce your puppy to a variety of dog-friendly adults and children who greet the puppy in a calm manner and have them give treats. This will help build the association that meeting people equals a reward.

How do I know if my puppy is scared?

Signs of fear in dogs may include:

  1. Pacing.
  2. Panting.
  3. Shaking/trembling.
  4. Inability to settle.
  5. Attempting to hide.
  6. Lack of appetite (including being unable to take a treat).
  7. Being too distracted for you to get their attention.
  8. Salivation.

Can a fearful dog be cured?

One of the most important considerations for owners of a fearful dog is to understand that fear is never cured. Any trainer or vet who tells an owner they can cure their dog is either lying or they lack education in the treatment of fear and fear-aggression.

How long does Puppy fear stage last?

Puppies will experience two different fear periods before reaching adulthood. Each fear period will last roughly 2-3 weeks. The first fear period occurs relatively early in a dog’s life, when puppies are between 8-11 weeks old.

How do I make my puppy feel loved?

Here are eight tips on how to make your dog feel loved:

  1. Take a Trip to the Dog Park. …
  2. Organize Other Special Outings. …
  3. Give Your Dog a Treat-Dispensing Toy. …
  4. Make Your Dog Some Toys. …
  5. Learn How to Give Your Dog a Massage. …
  6. Set Aside Quality Time on a Daily Basis. …
  7. Get Your Dog the Best Bed.
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What are signs of anxiety in dogs?

Common signs of anxiety in dogs include:

  • Barking or howling when owner isn’t home.
  • Panting and pacing (even when it’s not hot)
  • Shivering.
  • Running away and/or cowering in the corner of a house.
  • Digging.
  • Escaping the yard.
  • Destroying furniture.
  • Self-harm, including excessive licking or chewing.


Why is my puppy suddenly scared of everything?

Also known as “the fear of situations period,” this phase typically corresponds to a dog’s growth spurts (and sexual maturation, in intact puppies). It’s a normal developmental period during which new things seem scary, even if they didn’t used to (source).

What dog breeds are prone to anxiety?

Dog breeds prone to general anxiety include:

  • German & Australian Shepherd.
  • Labrador Retriever.
  • Vizsla.
  • Border Collie.
  • Shorthair Pointer.
  • Cocker Spaniel.
  • Bichon Frise.
  • King Charles Spaniel.

Is it normal for a puppy to be timid?

Myth: A 6 week old puppy who is showing signs of shyness will outgrow that shyness as he gets older. Fact: Probably not. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not normal for a puppy to be shy at 6-8 weeks of age. It is something that – as a general rule – they will not outgrow.

What is the fear period in puppies?

There are two major fear periods in a puppy’s socialization. One is at 8-11 weeks and the other is 6-14 months. These fear periods are evolutionarily programmed and are protective for dogs in the wild. Even though dogs live as pets now, these genetically determined behavioral patterns are still present.

How do I train my dog to be scared of everything?

Here are four things you should try:

  1. Make Sure That You’re Not Encouraging the Fear. If you see your scared dog in distress, your natural reaction may be to comfort him. …
  2. Swaddle Your Pet. “Products like the ThunderShirt can work well,” says Dr. …
  3. Expose Your Pet to the Fear in a Controlled Setting. …
  4. Take Your Pet to the Vet.
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