Stranger Danger: Reduce Your Dog’s Anxiety When Meeting People

Managing The Fear

Fearful dogs can become unpredictable. It’s important to avoid forcing them into situations which will worsen the sensation , because it can cause biting or more serious reactions. Have an area within the house where your pet can attend once they feel threatened, especially sometimes once you decide to have company over, like at parties and get-togethers.

For your guests, give them a heads-up when visiting. If your guests do see or interact together with your dog, tell them to avoid eye contact, as this will be intimidating. Don’t allow them to approach your dog quickly or pet them directly . Let your dog decide when to approach–never force or rush this! Reward your dog for a peaceful interaction whenever in order that they come to associate meetings with positive rewards.


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