One of the saddest things is the number of people that misunderstand fearful dogs and in trying to make things better for their dogs they actually make it worse. Fearful dogs are nearly always lacking strong pack leaders, and their owners are often the kindest and gentlest people!
They want nothing more than to see their dog live a happy, fun and free life.
What they fail to recognize is that their dog is actually scared because the owner is giving them the message that they are the pack leader. Their dog, like many, is not able to handle the pressure, nor should they be expected to.
Let me describe a scenario. If you are 4 years old and find yourself in a dark wood with your younger sister and there is a strange noise or a person coming towards you then you may very well be afraid. However, if one of your parents were there with you, then everything would be fine.
That is because you would not be in charge! This is how it is for your dog when you make them the pack leader. They are terrified and just want to get home safe and alive.
All the responsibility is on your dogs shoulders and they are not able to handle it in this human world. There are far too many strange things for them to make decisions about all the time.
Eventually they will snap unless you help them.
To help your dog, you must first become the pack leader.
The best way to do this is through watching a video rather than reading about it.
Here are a few things that you should remember when working with a fearful dog:
They can change but will struggle if you try to push too fast.
You must become the pack leader.
Ask your friends to ignore your dog when they first meet him/her.
People should not approach your dog but wait until he/she is calm, then call them over.
If they dont come over then theyre too scared and you must leave them alone.
A good video based web site will show you exactly how to put all of this into place.
Establishing yourself as the pack leader is the foundation to any success with fearful dogs. Until you recognize this and put it in place you will never be in a position to help your dog.
One of the best sites around is The Online Dog trainer. It has fantastic videos on establishing yourself as the pack leader and also shows you how to give confidence to fearful dogs.