Imagine finding yourself in a situation where you come face to face with the very thing that scares you the most. A room full of snakes or perhaps being locked in a very dark, enclosed space. Now imagine that a friend attempts to reassure you that all is fine, with kind words and a hug during your ordeal.
Would your friend’s attempts at making you feel better cause you to be more afraid next time?
No…………. because you cannot reinforce fear.
The same is true for dogs, so go ahead and comfort your dog when she is scared.
An excellent resource for people with fearful dogs is www.fearfuldogs.com