Training your nervous dog to be happy requires one simple behavior modification technique. You must learn to play with him. And I mean play like a dog. If your comfortable with wrestling with your dog or playing tug of war. Or the just as effective chasing after him like a game of tag, that’s just great.
Those are the three natural ways that dogs know how to play, inherited play behaviors. So if your not to freaked out by what some dog trainers and behaviorists say about how that teaches your dog to be aggressive, then play that way. Your dog will not only love it, but playing like a dog with your dog actually makes him happier which leads him to be less nervous.
This technique is how I mentally rehabilitate, every single dog that comes into Spirit Animal sanctuary. This is not rocket science folks. Just get them happy by playing with them, they have lived a nervous and fearful life long enough.
For those of you that are physically or to nervous to play with your dog like a dog, in a future article I will teach you an almost as effective alternate way to play.
Recommended supplies for playing with your dog.
- Welders Gloves, Sold at any home supply or hardware store. If your dog is not used to mouthing you gently while play fighting, his teeth are gonna hurt and leave marks. Use the welders gloves.
- For tug of war. You will need a thick rope or tug toy sold at pet stores, no less than two feet long. When a dog playing tug of war starts to loose his grip on the tug toy, he will attempt to re grip it to improve his hold on it. Some dogs are not to observant, and will accidentally grab your hand when attempting the re grip. And wear your welding gloves.
- If you are not presently comfortable enough with your dog to play with him in either one of these ways, just try to get happy with him at a distance (Not close to the dog). You may use dog toys if you like, the point of this is to make YOU a little more comfortable. Which in return will make your dog a little less nervous.
It’s important that we are not nervous or afraid when attempting this, by doing so we will project our nervousness onto the animal . We have a little learning to do, so lets get started.
Questions? email me.
The Spirit Dog
Real Men Don’t Need Protection Trained Dogs and yes they do eat quiche I modify protection trained dogs behavior primarily through playing with them.