It is a challenge to deal with fearful dogs. It may even prove to be difficult for experts in a few severe cases. So we have compiled a list of the 6 things that you should know if you ever find yourself dealing with a fearful dog.
If you ever find yourself wanting a new dog then adoption is the way to go because there are many dogs out there that are not being cared for well. When you bring home an adopted dog then they may need some care and treatment based on how they were cared for by the previous owner. More often than not, adopted dogs are not cared for well and will be scared of certain things.
There are many articles and information on how to overcome the fear of such dogs online but there isn’t enough information on how to prepare yourself as the parent in order to provide an effective remedy to your dogs. So if you are just starting your journey as a pet parent or if you have owned a fearful dog for a while here are a few things that you need to know.
The journey of a fearful dog is never a straight line
We humans always want to complete a task or get to someplace in the shortest amount of time possible and in the most direct path, this is hardwired in almost all of us. However, when working with a fearful dog, it is best to take your time. As the popular saying goes, ‘time heals all wounds,’ and for fearful dogs, time is something that is needed in abundance to ensure a healthy transition. You must be prepared for breakdowns and setbacks and if things are not going well then you must be prepared to start over from the beginning with an alternate route.
It is perfectly normal to face various setbacks when trying to remove fear in dogs. You may face more setbacks in some dogs than others depending upon the level of fear instilled in them. This does not mean that you have failed in any sense. Even with the worst possible outcome, you can be sure that they will be better than when you started treating them. Never get discouraged and keep going and if need be consult professionals on the best course of action if you are left completely clueless.
Enjoy The Process
When dealing with a fearful dog it is all too easy to get carried away and start over-analyzing the situation. This will cause you to lose your calm and dogs have an ability to sense this and they will start acting worse if they think something is wrong. So the best way to avoid this from happening is to keep your cool at all times. This is especially true when you get your fearful dog washed in an automatic dog wash machine. These dog wash machines can seem like a completely new experience for first-time dogs and so it is essential to keep them calm throughout the dog wash process. This is only possible if you are calm and enjoy the process.