How to Raise a Confident Dog

Your copy of [i4w_db__DogBreed]s Made Easy shows you that a well raised [i4w_db__DogBreed] (aside from extreme circumstances of mental illness) is one that is friendly and gentle with the people it knows, without any real tendency toward physical aggression.  But a [i4w_db__DogBreed] that has not been raised to be a confident individual can develop deep-set personality troubles which can lead to inclinations that are not typical of the breed, such as fear biting.

When a [i4w_db__DogBreed] is not properly socialized or trained, or is treated cruelly, it can learn to fear people.  Fear in a dog can often lead to fear biting behaviors where the dog feels that biting is the only way to protect itself.  This should not be confused with dominance aggression.

[i4w_db__DogBreed]s that fear bite are not just ‘snappy’ and aren’t behaving viciously without  reason.  Instead, due to a lack of confidence, they experience extreme levels of panic and fright in situations that might be handled much more easily by confident [i4w_db__DogBreed]s.  Simply because the dog has no other way to express its inability to manage the situation, it will bite.

Though poor treatment can be a cause, most often, [i4w_db__DogBreed]s who have not grown into confident dogs are not the result of cruelty.  They are instead the outcome of behaviors by their owners that were well intended, but incompatible with the breed.  The fear biting itself often develops when these same owners then handle their anxious dogs improperly.

For example, when a [i4w_db__DogBreed] is scared, the natural tendency for many owners is to approach it an attempt to comfort it.  This is ill-advised for two very important reasons.  The first is that by acting in a manner similar to the way a person would soothe another person, the owner is actually giving the dog a form of positive attention, or praise.  [i4w_db__DogBreed]s find this rewarding and it tells the dog that its behaviors are appropriate and that, therefore, it is right to be frightened in this type of situation.  In short, the owner is inadvertently reinforcing the unwanted behavior.

Secondly, a [i4w_db__DogBreed] doesn’t have any way to tell people that it wants to be left alone.  More often than not, a [i4w_db__DogBreed] that has low confidence and that is feeling frightened wants nothing more than to be ignored so that it can work through its fears and then rebuild its confidence.  When the dog is already feeling anxious, approaching it can sometimes send it over the edge, causing fear biting.

So, regular happy socialization from the time that you bring your [i4w_db__DogBreed] home is the key to building the dog’s confidence so that it will not be prone to fear biting.  Make this a priority among your training efforts and you will be far more likely to have a  [i4w_db__DogBreed] that behaves as a [i4w_db__DogBreed] should.

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