A common problem in dogs is low confidence. This can be caused by many things, such as being the lowest pup in the litter, being mistreated, not being socialized as a pup, having a traumatic experience, etc. Or it can just be a personality trait. These signs include:
- shyness and cowering around strangers, men, adults, etc.
- rolling into a submissive (belly-up) position
- submissive urination (not to be confused with housetraining problems)
eg. dog urinates when petted, when someone comes home, when disciplined
your dog cannot help this
- tail held low or between rear legs
- fear biting (not to be confused with aggression)
In order to help a low confidence dog, you must build up his or her confidence. The best way to do this is through a 2 or 3 week obedience training course. As the dog succeeds, he will gain confidence in his abilities. Here are some guidelines.
Click here for a testimonial from a previous customer who sent us her dog for confidence training. Orlaghs dog was low in confidence, but as you can see below, Tizzie is now a fundraiser/ambassador for IDFD