Nervous Dogs And How To Friend Them

You will probably find my next statement strange, but
I LOVE nervous puppies!!
I love them & I adore them! My favorite part of my job at the animal hospital is when a new puppy comes in and it’s got its tail between its legs and won’t walk up to people. {{ADD A SENTENCE HERE}}
I love helping that puppy come to realize that it’s going to be okay. I want to teach them that I am not something to fear, because the vet can be scary, but we don’t want them to be scared.
My technique for these occasions comes from Dr. Sophia Yin. After studying here methods, I’ve had a lot of success calming the nerves of scared pups walking through the door. And you can learn the same method!
Here’s the steps:

1. Look away from the dog.


2. Stand sideways with your shoulder towards the dog.


3. Talk gently and kneel down a few feet away from the dog.


4. Slowly reach your hand out in a closed fist.

Typically, they will naturally become curious about you. Since you are in a non-threatening position, they may walk over to you to for a sniff. Progress! Yay! But…
Do not jump up in excitement! That’s scary!
You can slowly get back up and if the owner says its okay, give the dog a treat. Sometimes that works, but sometimes nervous dogs won’t eat. So don’t get your feelings hurt.
Feel successful that you at least got the dog to sniff you. That is a really good experience for the dog and that is what matters most.
About Teresa 1 Article
Hello my fellow pet lovers! I'm Teresa :-)

If you have ever met me, you know that I LOVE taking my dog with me to various bars and restaurants. That was the biggest reason why I chose to move to Austin a few years ago.

From what I had read about it, Austin was incredibly dog friendly and had an almost unlimited amount of bars and restaurants to go to. As it turns out, yep, true story. I try to go to at least one new place every weekend and I haven't even made a dent in the list!

Some other things that I enjoy are baking, photography, and gardening succulents. I also try out the occasional DIY project, but only if it has like 6 steps because honestly, who has the time to go through a 20 step DIY project?

I have been working with pets since I was 16, starting in retail where I learned about toys, pet food, and other products and I've been working in the veterinary industry for the past 5 years, helping the technicians and doctors take care of your furry family members.

I am very excited to show you the dog friendly experiences that take place in this extraordinary city and beyond. I really hope you like it!