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My dog is afraid of me, what should I do?

asked 2017-02-26 13:38:24 -0500

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answered 2017-02-26 14:34:40 -0500

Without knowing more about the dogs history it is hard to say why, but in time you can lessen your dogs fear. First off, don't force the dog. Try sitting on the floor so you seem less threatening. Avoid eye contact and maybe have a few tasty treats. If the dog keeps his/her distance you can quietly toss the treats in their direction. Use a soft voice and avoid making any sudden movements. It can take time but if you are consistent you should be able to help your dog overcome his/her fear.

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answered 2017-02-26 21:35:03 -0500

Act comfortable around the dog, not anxious or worrisome. Play with them and have fun with them, with time they should definitely warm up to you.

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