A dog is usually relieving because it is something he inherited from his parents.
It’s best to take extra care when introducing a jumpy dog to new people or new conditions because they’re much more guarded than other dogs you’ll have dealt with. It is essential that as being a puppy, the dog is correctly socialized and often exposed to situations where they get positive experiences and not negative ones.
You should not overwhelm or scare the dog. Every now and then the telltale signs aren’t noticeable as they can be very subtle, and may even go overlooked. The puppy may look away, lick his lips, yawn so much or back away and hide.
Should you notice this behavior, make sure to distract the dog by making him do something he enjoys, but gently encourage him to maneuver away from the situation. This may also help the dog associate the situation with something more pleasant. In time, if the symptoms go ignored, the animal will start to cower and tuck his tail in between his legs and also start panting.
Never force your dog to confront these situations thinking he might get accustomed to it! If he’s pushed, your dog may growl and become aggressive.
When this happens, you must not ever punish your dog for this behaviour; it will only make things worse and will make your dog scared of you and in some cases snap at you. Try to look out for the early signs of nervousness to try and prevent the problem.
Sometimes you may isolate what it can be that makes him jumpy, maybe loud noises, traffic, or strangers. This is as a result of a previous encounter that frightened the dog, or a completely new and strange situation for him.
The best way to tackle this problem would be to very carefully introduce the animal to those situations, and always linked with something your dog likes to undertake, like eat treats or play together with his favourite toy or game. Always be patient with the dog, remember animals can sense your frustration and mood, so you could make things worse if you don’t stay calm.
If you notice these dogs and behavior, very calmly approach your puppy and move him from whatever is making him, this will likely show the animal that you plan to protect him, all of which give him more confidence in what you need from him in the future.
Try to avoid many situations that you just already know make the dog uneasy, and gently take them on, one after the other until the dog becomes more confident. Keeping your dog occupied with commands or play will take his mind off what is distressing him and make him and also you more relaxed in these situations.
Don’t forget to praise your pet when he copes with a situation that usually makes him them, and in time, he will gradually recover and the challenge will then can no longer exist. Be patient this can take weeks and even months to accomplish, but at the end of your journey, you will both feel the satisfaction of a job well done!