Dogs 101: Dogs need to feel safe.

Dogs need to learn trust above all else. Help them feel safe by not forcing them into situations beyond their ability to cope. Go slowly. Introduce your dog to one person at a time. Ask that person not to approach your dog, but to wait for your dog to approach. “Listen” to your dog. He will let you know when he’s ready to meet the big, wide world. Some may always be timid, and never be ready. Others will show their fear with an aggressive display. These are the times to advocate for your dog. If your dog has confidence in your ability to protect him, instead of pushing him forward, your dog will feel less need to protect himself.

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