Do you do the right things to earn your dog’s trust? Or would you like to know how can you help a new canine friend to feel relaxed around you, even if he’s very scared? Gaining trust from a dog is a wonderful achievement, here’s how we do it.

Don't Be Rough

There is absolutely no need to be rough with a dog. Gentle kindness works wonders and usually when we see people that are rough with their dogs they are showing a lack of effort and understanding.

Learn Canine Communication

It doesn’t take much to learn the basic communication efforts that all dogs make. We often expect dogs to make all the effort for communication, when really, we can build a lot of trust by showing them we are trying to communicate in their language too.

Don't Use Punishment

Punishment is another way that we show lack of understanding and it’s also a trust depletion tool that we really should avoid. Educated, scientific dog trainers avoid punishment and tend to coach, guide and reward dogs, because it’s not only much kinder but also results in a happier dog and more solid relationship.

Meet Your Dog's Needs

A dog that can trust us to meet his needs can really relax. Even the most anxious dog, if he knows you are there to meet his needs, will get some stress relief. So, offer play, good food, suitable exercise and cater each of these things to his individual requirements and your dog will soon learn that you can be trusted.

Respect Your Dog's Personal Space

When your dog doesn’t want to be touched, leave him alone. Could you trust someone if they were always touching you, even when you asked them to stop? We should consider that before we invade the space of our dogs.

Avoid Unwanted Attention

On the same note as personal space, watch out for the dog gropers at the park. We naturally want t touch dogs whether we know them or not, so don’t worry if you need to tell someone to back off from your dog, his peace of mind and belief that you will protect him is worth much more than the fear of offending a gropey stranger.

Choose Dog Trainers Carefully

Any dog trainer or technique that involves a scary, painful or nasty tool is based in poor education. Allowing anyone to scare or hurt your dog in the name of training is one of the biggest trustbusters.

Finally remember, there are so many great things to incorporate into your relationship with your dog, that naturally build trust. Love your dog, be kind to him, respect him, communicate properly and confirm that you understand each other. Play plenty, practice enrichment and have fun.

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  1. Andy Murphy

    Positive reinforcement is like ‘money in the trust bank’
    Great article, thanks for sharing!



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