Dogs tend to be very faithful animals and when you have their trust, they will do practically anything for you. Unfortunately, there may be times when you lose the trust of the animal and it may be difficult to gain that trust again, unless you follow some very specific steps. If you find yourself in the position where you need the trust of your dog to be rekindled, here are some things that you can do to speed along the process.
The first step in the process is to get the dog comfortable when it is in your presence. This may take some time, particularly if the dog tends to be leery of your touch. Before you begin roughhousing or cuddling with the dog, it’s a good idea to ensure that it is comfortable with you petting it gently. Speak soothingly to it when you are doing so and eventually, the dog will get used to your touch and you can move on to other games (Source: Dog Trainers San Mateo at Good Dogs, Great Dogs).
You should also be able to gain the attention of the dog and maintain it for an extended amount of time. This may require that you undergo a serious dog obedience training with the animal. Not only can working on the dog’s attention help you to gain its trust, it may also help with the rest of the training process.
Finally, make sure that you maintain a regular feeding schedule and use that time to foster trust between you and the animal. At first, it is not likely a good idea for you to feed the dog out of your hand but as the trust continues to grow, you can use hand feeding in order to build it even further.
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