Submissive Behavior

Submissive Behavior

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Introduction

There are ways in which to help stop your dog's submissive behavior. These actions can range from encouragement to a reward system. Determining which submissive behavior your dog is showing will show you how to respond to it.
Some dogs show submissive behavior because they are fearful of their surroundings. If you have just moved or recently have exposed your dog to a new environment, take the time to allow the dog to get use to the area. Play with them in the house, give them treats and allow them to have their own personal space in the house. The personal space may involve a blanket in the corner or a bed under a desk.
Always encourage your dog to be around others if you want a friendly dog. In doing this you will be able to have the dog be less fearful and show less submissive behavior. Make sure that you stand by your dog when they are around unfamiliar people to them by showing them that it is okay. This will help the dogs to be more secure and eventually may stop the submissive behavior.

Encourage your dog with treats to have them enter parts of the house they may be fearful of. After they have done what you have asked take their favorite snack and give it to them. You can also have a favorite spot where you and your dog spend time together. Quality time with your dog, petting them and talking softly to them will help build up trust and have a secure time for them. A good reward system will help the dog feel good about where it is at or what you are asking it to do.

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