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Why does my dog cower?

asked 2017-03-27 12:18:08 -0500

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answered 2017-03-30 11:30:11 -0500

A dog that cowers is a dog that is lacking in confidence. He is unsure of the person or event. Either a bad past experience, his position of power in his pack. lack of socialization or traits of a the breed. Instill a solid foundation in confidence building will help them either overcome cowardice or at the very least improve it.

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answered 2017-03-27 14:06:40 -0500

There can be several reasons why dogs cower when approached or touched. Many people thing it is automatically that they have been abused which is not always the cause.. Sad to say that this can be a reason from past abuse, but other reasons can cause this behavior.. 1. A dog that are frightened or aggressive can show this sign. 2. Basic temperament of this breed can also be a reason. Certain breeds are just more shy or nervous and show anxiety than other breeds. 3. Lack of socialization as puppies can cause this. 4. Separation anxiety can also bring about this cowering sign. Moderation and counter conditioning can help to make your dog a little more at ease as time goes by, but it does take some perseverance on your part. Hope this helps

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