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.
- 1. We will use consistent training techniques.
- 2. We will use lots of praise, and as little correction as possible.
- 3. We will use encouragement, praise, and rewards in order to get the dog to perform.
- 4. We Will start with no distractions, and add distractions very slowly.
- 5. We will always set your dog up to succeed.
- 6. We will begin with non-threatening exercises such as “Heel” and “Sit”, before working up to more submissive postures like the “Down”.
- 7. We will build your dogs confidence through praise for having carried out the obedience commands correctly, if you can imagine yourself being good at something and people praising you for it, you too will gain in confidence.
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