Restraining your dog:
Is your dog comfortable with being restrained? For some dogs this can be very stressful. This is something that is very important to work on though because sometimes you need to restrain your dog for random reasons. A good way to introduce this is to start off with very little "pressure" paired with something that your dog loves. Each time you do this start to increase the amount of pressure (and rewards) with the ultimate goal being something in the realm of a "bear hug." This is important to work on because the majority of the times when you will need to restrain, it will be during high stress situations. If your dog is stressed, and then you add in restraint without working on it prior, it could just make things worse.
For the record when I say, "restrain" I am referring to holding your dog against your body. I am NOT talking about pinning your dog against the ground. Pinning your dog against the ground is not a safe way to restrain your dog and will most likely make things worse.
*For nervous dogs: You may need to start off with simple touching and rewarding first. If you go right in and try to restrain the dog you will probably freak it out even more which is what we are trying to avoid. It's all about baby steps. #dogtraining
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