Question: If your dog is a nervous little thing do you just keep being nice to it and play with it??


  1. @google: Yes, you keep being nice to it. Reassurance will establish trust. It’s a myth than patting a nervous dog will reinforce that behaviour. Think about how you’d feel if nervous or scared. Depending on what the dog likes or doesn’t like, it might be more beneficial to just sit quietly and let the dog choose to approach you and interact at its pace rather than ‘playing’ with it.