You’ve just brought home your new furry friend and there is a problem. He’s frightened and you are wondering ‘why is my puppy scared of me?’. This is not a good thing but the good news is that there are things that you can do about it. In this article we will discuss some reasons why puppy is scared and what you can do.
My new puppy is scared of me… why?
There are a number of reasons why your pup might be scared of you. Have you accidentally stepped on his tail or harmed him in another way? If no accidents have occurred, it could be a simple socialization issue. Sometimes puppies simply haven’t had time around humans and find them daunting. So, what can you do about it? Thankfully, there are a few techniques that you can use in order to help build up the bond of trust so that your dog is no longer afraid of you.
Why is my puppy afraid of me? Rescue dogs
If your dog is a rescue dog then our dog is naturally going to be a little bit nervous. If this is the case then it could just be a simple matter of time. Once your puppy adjusts to the noises of the house and gets used to you then it might just relax on its own. If this does not happen then you should also consider the possibility that your puppy may have been abused. If this is the case, don’t panic, you can still build a full and fulfilling bond of trust, it’s just going to take a little time.
Why is my puppy afraid of me? Socialization issues
If your puppy was weaned too early then this can cause socialization issues. When a pup is young it learns from its mother and siblings how to socialize with other dogs and with humans and so early separation can cause anxiety issues and result in a scared puppy. If this is the case then a few simple exercises can help to calm and socialize your puppy properly as well.
New puppy is scared of me: What to do?
The first thing that you are going to want to do is to stock up on treats. The occasional treat whenever your dog does something that you like or even just to be nice can go long way. Don’t overdo it, of course, as you don’t want your puppy to get fat, but your dog will definitely appreciate a treat or two while it is getting to know you.
Puppy is still afraid of me: What about those techniques?
Socialization can be accomplished in a number of ways. First, frequent walking is a good idea. You will want to do this with a puppy anyways, as their small bladders can only go 2 to 3 hours at a time without needing a bathroom break. The benefit of walking is that your dog is going to get used to seeing people and other dogs at the same time that you arre potty training them. Parks are good at well but you will want to make sure that when any introductions to other dogs occur that the puppy is leashed and supervised.
More socialization techniques for a scared puppy
There are still many other techniques that you can employ when trying to get your doggie used to you. Some examples are as follows:
- Brushing – It’s simple and your dog loves it. Try giving your dog regular brushing, once or twice a day is good, and see what happens. You’ll find your dog warming to you in no time
- Toys – Get some toys for your doggy! Playtime with your pup can help to build up trust in a way that is fun for both of you. Kong toys are an excellent idea for this, as they can be filled with treats to keep a frightened dog’s attention.
” They can be filled with treats to keep a frightened dog’s attention.”
- Television – As odd as it sounds, sometimes a little background noise can help to get your puppy more comfortable. Music is good as well and you will find that your puppy responds to favorites. Give this a try and see if it helps
- Get help from other family members – If there are other family members which the puppy is more comfortable with then for the time being let them take care of the puppy’s needs. A puppy is naturally going to gravitate towards one family member whom they feel most comfortable with, if your puppy is scared then the best thing that you can do is to encourage this until the puppy is comfortable in their new home.
- Playtime with other dogs – If the neighbor or a friend of yours has a dog and they are amenable to it, why not schedule some playtimes together? Having another dog around to play with can sometimes make them more comfortable and a lot less shy. Try a scheduled playtime once a week and see if it improves things, you might well be pleasantly surprised!
- Make your environment more comfortable – Avoid loud noises in the house and make sure that your puppy has a nice, soft bed. A relaxed environment in the home can go a long way towards calming your scared puppy so make sure that your puppy always feels safe and comfortable.
Some final words
The most important thing that you can do to help to relax your dog is to be patient. Keep in mind that if the dog has been previously abused that it can take a very long time to build up trust. In some cases, as long a time as the pup was abused. Hang in there and keep those treats handy. Show your dog that you love them and that they are safe. Over time the combination of treats, a relaxing atmosphere, playtime, and love will win out and your little one will no longer be scared of you. It’s just a matter of time.