How to make your puppy or dog less nervous

People* love to tell you that, you have to socialize your dog to be able to have a well adjusted pet. Let them meet lots of other dogs and as many people as possible. On the surface this sounds pretty reasonable, doesn’t it? Of course, that’s so simple.

There are two major flaws, associated with this advice. Take a moment or two, and see if you can come up with the correct answer…….. Did you try it ?…Yea !……Excellent !!

For those of us that couldn’t figure it out, because we have been brainwashed for so many years. On the proper way, or in this particular case the improper way to socialize your dog. Here’s the answers.

1: For the vast majority of us these days, its unfortunate but we simply don’t have the time to do that. To take your dog out, and meet other people and dogs. And if we did, Its not going to accomplish a whole lot because odds are most dogs you meet out there, are going to be just as nervous as your guy. Not to mention that the people you meet are likely to be nervous around other dogs also.

2: There’s all different degrees of nervousness in dogs. This is actually their survival instinct. So what happens in these circumstances is your dogs mind tells him to, bark, growl, snap at it. Do what ever it is you have to do to scare whatever’ s, frightening you away.

What this means is, that if you take your dog out to meet other animals and your guy starts freaking out and you have a hard time relaxing him. You may be making him a basket case, if you can’t calm him down.

Some dogs if they meet a lot of dogs and people, ( hence the time issue thing ) they will become happy and relaxed around just about anything. Other dogs it really doesn’t matter how much you try and socialize them. They don’t wanna meet anything new. Unless you know how to make them at ease.

Here’s how you do it. There is going to be multiple parts for this thing. Because you must learn, one step at a time. Without hoping around to different sections.

THE FIRST PART : In the comfort and security of your home or yard ( so your little guy starts off happy ), you are going to learn how to make and get your dog excited. Talk to him like a baby. You have to get happy and excited, let your playful emotions come out. GET HAPPY. HAPPY. HAPPY. This is how you talk to dogs. We have the ability to make them happy, calm, or sad. By the way we talk to them. You have to show it to your dog, through your eyes, your face, your body language.

Don’t stand there like a mope, with no emotions. GET EXCITED !!!!

I”m going to stop here. This is your first big step in learning how to talk with your dog.

This may help you. Do you ever sing around your house, when nobodies home. Pretending your on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans. Come on we all do it. When you are doing this, all your emotions and feelings are coming out. THAT IS HOW YOU TALK WITH YOUR DOG.

I’ll be a little more organized in the future. So I will have links for you guys, to some of my other blogs that have doggie info on them.

You have a great day , And don’t be afraid or embarrassed to act like an idiot with your dog.

The Spirit Dog

Additional Resources

From nervous dog to happy dog, body language photos

Dog emotions and body language

Show your dog the Love

Dog Depression; How you can help

Making your dog happy, Dog Toys or Love

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  4. We have just taken on a poodle who was captured from a puppy farm aged approx 4 he will come sit next to you. But you can’t touch him and if you go near him he runs away.
    He is slowly starting to socialise with our other two Pomeranians. Any advice in helping him become less nervous( he shakes 24/7)

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  6. My golen retriever/yellow lab mix is a 2yr old spaide female. When I got her at 8mo she had so many trust issues that we have worked through. She is fantastic with our children and we love her so much. She for some reason is unable to over come her fear of other dogs and even tries to bite other dogs that want to play. We have no idea how to help her with this or should we just stop trying and let her just be around people. It wouldnt be very hard we live in a very rural area and is only exposed to other dogs if we take her somewhere unless the nieghbors dog wonders, but that doesnt happen more than a couple times a year.

  7. I’m so glad I found your blog! (thanks to wordpress recommended links) I have a nervous dog and I do try to speak to him in a cheerful happy voice when I remember to do so. It’s so hard! It’s too easy to get caught up in the tension and drama especially when people around you are clearly uncomfortable that your dog is growling and snapping…

    I have posted something on my dog’s blog –
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    Lili

  8. Hello Catherine,

    After looking through some of my posts, although I have touched base a couple of times on the subject I have never really addressed it fully.

    After reading your comment, I have started writing a follow up post. Since I never know before hand how much detail I’m going to go into, i can’t give you a post date.

    This post has some information you may find useful, but it doesn’t go into particulars.
    https://thespiritdog.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/teaching-your-dog-to-play/

    In the mean time, tell me a little about your dog. You have mentioned he’s nervous, does that include being nervous around you on occasion ?
    Or is it just around other people ?

  9. Is there a follow up to this post? This is definitely an area where I could use more guidance to better help my boxer with his fear/nervousness. Thank you!

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