Is your dog exhibiting the following behavior: biting, barking, nervousness, or constant fidgeting? If so, you’ll definitely not want to miss out on this. These behaviors can stem from a host of issues and while you may be tempted to ignore them for a pleasant existence, it is important to be aware of them and curb them as soon as possible, so here we go with a few recommendations for keeping your dog calm.
- We will start out with a super important tip which is to REINFORCE CONFIDENCE in your dog.
It is essential that you build a trusting relationship with their dog, especially when it comes to adopted and previously abused pets from a shelter. When your dog feels as though the kind behavior you exhibit is consistent, it will become far easier to keep them calm on a day to day basis. One of the best ways we find to do this is by using basic obedience techniques. Saying words like sit or stay are perfect as they take the attention away from the anxiety of the situation and puts their attention on you. This is one of many ways to boost your dog’s confidence and do keep in mind that this process will take time and patience.
REINFORCE GOOD BEHAVIOR
Dogs like people need conditioning in order to know right from wrong. This means that when your dog does something good, you need to positively reaffirm that behavior and reward them. A good example of this is if your dog is introduced to someone new and he/she does not jump up on the person. This would be a good time to reaffirm that good behavior. You can reward this with one of your personalized Pips Treats and a positive tone of voice.
USE A LOW TONE OF VOICE
Your dog is not as affected by the words you use as much as they do the tone of voice you use. Dogs typically understand a few words and phrases, for the rest, they rely on accentuation in their owner’s tone. The best way to communicate with your dog is by speaking slowly and a kind voice. Your dog needs to be able to detect the difference in command and general talking.
TRY NOT TO ENCOURAGE OVER-EXCITEMENT
If you have a nervous dog, you should try to be conscious about getting him or her overly excited. One example of this is when you come home and walk through the door, and your dog jumps up on you. What we recommend is that when your dog does this, you wait a few minutes to greet and play with them. Wait until he or she is still, so it will be far easier to calm them down. We recommend doing this on a continuous basis to build the habit.