Why are some dogs afraid of everything?

2 reasons: lacking socialization or a weak nervous system.

Dogs with lacking socialization were ordinary puppies, but weren’t introduced to the city with its noises and people, so they seem dangerous to them.

And a weak nervous system isn’t capable of handling many external stimuli at a time.

All puppies are scared of going outside at first, but with time they get to know that it’s fun and safe. But puppies with a weak nervous system can’t learn that, because their brain “turns off” when it’s “overloaded”.

What are shy dogs usually afraid of?

They are often comfortable in a calm, familiar place.

Dogs with lacking socialization feel good there because they were socialized in these places from puppyhood, and those with a weak nervous system – because there aren’t many stimuli there, and they can learn these places are safe.

Both types are uncomfortable in a noisy city with everchanging environment. They may get scared of cars, screaming children…

How to help a cowardly dog?

3 directions in which work with such dogs runs:
▪ decreasing stress levels,
▪ boosting confidence,
▪ overcoming fears.

They are interlinked. You can’t work on one thing without working on another – you’ll see no result.

What are the exercises?

1) Teaching relaxation on a mat.

2) Mental and physical exercises.
Mental: search games + brainteasers with food.
Shy dogs see with eyes/ears, so it’s important to teach them to work with their noses. This way, you’ll teach your dog a new way to relax and interact with the world.

Physical activities: body balance exercises, which help relieve stress and build confidence.

3) Clicker-shaping

4) Getting to know new things

Itroduce new smells, sights and sounds daily. Play quiet road noises bad etc while your pet is eating. Let him smell your groceries. Walk on different surfaces…

Make sure your pup is enjoying getting to know new things. Don’t overwork your pet, if he’s anxious, stop the exercise. Better do less and finish on a positive note than work too much and finish on a negative one.

5) Fear-specific work