#1 Mistake New dog owners make with their new puppy

New Dog Owners Make this Mistake

How to raise a fearless and confident puppy and avoid a common mistake

It’s normal for your dog to be nervous their first day at their new home. They will be skeptical to explore at first, may shake, have their tail down, or try to find a place to hide. There is nothing wrong with this and it completely normal, many new dog owners will find out.

The #1 mistake new dog owners make, is petting their dog and comforting them while they are in this stage. It’s very important to ignore the dog while they act like this. Once their tail is up, they are confident, and showing signs of play, it is then fine to pet them and comfort them. This will reward them for their bravery instead of rewarding them to be fearful, causing their fear to prolong.

It usually takes a puppy a couple of days to settle in. The best way to avoid reinforcing their negative behavior is by ignoring them completely for the first couple of days. A person’s first instinct when they see a scared dog is to comfort them, this is the worst thing you can do. 

How is their tail positioned?

Follow the new dog ownser easy rule of thumb. If the puppy’s tail is tucked between their legs, never pet them. You want to raise a confident and fearless dog. To do this you will only show affection when they are confident, alert, their tail is up, and they showing no signs of fear.

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Notice the position of the tail on this pitbull. The tucked tail is an indicator that the dog is scared.
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The tail position of this dog shows that this dog is confident, fearless, and alert.

Many new dog owners fail to follow this rule and wonder why their dog is shaking like a leaf at the ceiling fan, dryer, or average house hold appliance. In order to avoid your dog being afraid of your every day people, places, and things, they must be exposed to public and different environment when they are puppies.

New dog owners need to learn some common training techniques on raising a fearless dog include making loud noises, banging garbage cans, running the leaf blower, ext. Make sure your puppy is exposed to any type of noise they may encounter throughout their life. If your dog is showing fear, let them overcome it before acknowledging them, talking to them, or most importantly showing them any affection. The more you expose your puppy to when they’re young, the better off they will be when they are adults.

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