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Do you have an insecure dog? Signs of an insecure dog:
- Tucked tail in new environments
- Cowering or crouching down in fear when he meets new people
- Shakiness/jitteriness in response to certain stimuli
If you observe any of the above behaviors in your canine, you may have a dog who suffers from insecurity. Let’s discuss one way to help boost your dog’s confidence: dog tricks!
What dog-lover doesn’t enjoy a cute dog doing fun dog tricks? Teaching your dog to perform dog tricks is a fun, stress-free way to show your dog how to earn praise and food rewards, and gain confidence simultaneously.
A great dog trick book that I absolutely love is one authored by Kyra Sundance – “101 Dog Tricks.” In this book, Kyra illustrates (with great photos, courtesy of Kyra and her all-star Weimaraner) how to teach 101 different dog tricks to your canine family member, including the how-to on encouraging and manipulating proper positioning, as well as proper timing for rewarding with praise and treats.
Trick-training provides mental stimulation for a dog and can combat anxiety in a dog by giving him a “job” or something to do other than focusing on his fear and anxiety. As your pup learns that he can earn praise and food rewards by mastering each trick, you are aiding him in building confidence!