Insecurity in the canine family can trace its sources from a number of factors such as genetics, limited socialization as a puppy, traumatic past experiences and separation from pack. Regardless of the causes for such insecurities, their lies solutions to rectifying such behavior and manners; in a fairly easy approach using the right concepts while exercising extreme patience. In assisting the dog with its insecurity, consistent work will be key aspect in building the confidence necessary for the transformation.
Follow through the ways in which the dog can be trained in overcoming its insecurities as detailed below in the following steps.
Recognize signs of insecurity exhibited
Diagnose signs of insecurity exhibited by the dog, in so doing you will know exactly what you are dealing with. Signs to watch out for include bowing the head down, as the tail in tucked in between the legs, barking strangely as well as uncontrolled urination. Just like my 8 year old Border Collie, he is is deathly afraid of the ceiling fans even its quiet. Therefore, I had to take down the ceiling fan so he can go into the room.
Establish yourself as the alpha leader
Instinctively any animal in nature looks up to a leader in times of challenges. Your dog is not exception to this rule. It will have confidence in you after realizing the alpha element in you. Lead the dog in performing command based exercises such as sitting down, staying at same spot and lying down. Upon mastery of such skills reward the dog with a treat for its obedience.
Make no room for comfort zones
An insecure dog may act in a way that may drive you to showing sympathy, avoid this by totally assuming the dog when it displays traits of insecurity but rather reward, encourage it and even praise it; especially when it exhibits assurance in a situation previously it cowered about. Coddling a dog only allows room for the insecurity to stem itself in the dog’s thoughts.
Let the dog face its fears
Whenever the dog exhibits fear, encourage it to work through this by, not encouraging it to stop through the process of mastering its insecurity. It’s important to know that dogs get through their fear by doing what they are asked. Through reassurance, firmness and directness make your dog act o n its fear without use of brute force. Eventually the dog realizes there was no reason to fear anything after all.
Punish unwanted behavior
If destructive behavior is displayed punish this by crate- training your dog. This mechanism of isolation instills discipline into the dog, upon being released from temporary isolation the dog rarely behaves out of line.
Repetition builds confidence
Repetitive actions build confidence in the dog. It soon gets familiarized with exactly what its needs to do. For the actions to be more permanent and come as second nature to the dog, try the similar exercise under different environments. If the results are similar then it’s a clear sign indicating, that the time put into practice wasn’t a waste of effort as practice makes perfect.
Ensure that you follow through every step in detail, while exercising patience. In truth you cannot reason with a dog, their use of logic is highly limited to instinctive response rather than reason. Encourage the dog to learn through action as the surest way to help it get over its hang ups of insecurity.