Is your dog shy in front of strangers? Will they be anxious in the new situation? If this is the case, your dog may benefit from some confidence-building exercises-one of the easiest ways is to use games.
How play can help boost your dog's confidence?
Remember that some dogs are more scared than others, and in some cases trying to play with an overly anxious dog will not happen immediately-you need to strengthen it. For example, if your dog is afraid of strangers and you decide to teach your dog to "touch" hands, first use your friends and neighbors in places they are familiar with, and then turn to strangers in the park.
It takes time to build confidence, but the advantage of using games is that they are versatile. They can be used in different situations and are easy to use. Because they are fun, they also help strengthen the bond between you and your dog.
Free shaping game
Shaping is the act of achieving a specific behavior by using a series of small steps. The basic principle of shaping is to teach your dog a new behavior without using any correction. It can help boost your dog's confidence by encouraging your dog to try new things without worrying about the consequences.
If you have not heard of 101 things related to the box, then you have missed some interesting training opportunities. It gives you the opportunity to observe how your dog learns, which is a great way for your dog to experience new things without any negative consequences.
You start with a box on the ground and let your dog investigate and decide what to do without any prompts. When they decide to offer any behavior (such as viewing or sniffing the box), please treat them and praise them. Then wait for them to provide another behavior and repeat. Plastic surgery can be used on any item, not just a box. This is an example of a shape for training a dog to crawl under an object.
Especially the best part about freedom shaping is that your dog can't lose; any behavior they choose will be praised. It can encourage shy or scared dogs to try new things without worrying about doing something wrong. If your dog is anxious in a new situation, you can practice in your own safe home.
If you are not sure where to start shaping for free, check out this article on shaping techniques. If you are still confused about what shaping is, don't worry, you are not alone. It took me a while to understand, until I saw this video by Dr. Sophia Yin, which explains how to do some basic free-shaping exercises with your dog.
Free sculpting has some important benefits: it is very suitable for dogs who lack self-confidence, hesitate or shut down, because they can't lose. Anything they do will lead to what they want. They begin to understand that their actions will have an impact on the world, and they can start to get out of their own shells. – Luring, Prompting and (or) Free Shaping
Find the treats
Teaching your dog how to play fun nose job games (such as finding snacks) will help boost their confidence by teaching them a new skill, which is a great way to keep them busy and mentally stimulated. This is also a great way to strengthen the connection between you and your dog, as it relies on cooperation.
Moreover, since you can teach your dog to find snacks in his own home, you will not be disturbed a lot, otherwise it may make your dog feel anxious. This ability to focus on "finding snacks" will help your dog learn to focus on a specific job instead of focusing on the surrounding environment, thereby boosting their confidence.
In terms of playing games, the goal of finding snacks is simple-it teaches your dog to sniff out the snacks you hide around the house. When you start for the first time, you will want to make it easy until your dog has the hang of it. When you are walking around the room, let your dog sit in the resting position because they are looking at you.
After you put them away, go back to your dog and tell them to "find snacks." Praise them every time they pick up a new food and make them feel interesting and positive.
Once you have a good understanding of the meaning of "find snacks", you can start hiding them in more challenging places. After some practice, your dog will begin to hone their natural sense of smell, and they will begin to rely on their noses to find hidden foods instead of using visual cues.
How to play find the treats with your dog: