You just brought your new puppy home. You want your pup to feel comfortable in their new home, but they act skittish and strange around you. You are starting to worry that your puppy doesn't feel safe in the house. Dogs speak a different language. To gain your puppy's trust, you need to learn to speak their language and consistently let them know they are safe and secure around you.
Training your puppy to trust you requires patience and consistency. The amount of time it takes for your puppy to trust you will depend on a few factors, including their history and how much you work with them. When you are working with a new dog, at any age, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you should always be kind to your puppy. Act with patience and kindness, even when you are dealing with a frustrating situation. Second, show your pup that you care about their safety and well-being by protecting them and removing them from situations which make them nervous. And finally, provide reinforcement for your puppy when they do something good, rather than punishing them for messing up.
Building trust with your puppy starts from the moment you meet them and grows from there. You can use treats to reward good behaviors from your dog. Remember, the key to earning your pup's trust is consistency. You want to show your puppy over and over again that certain behaviors get rewards and others don't. By showing them what is good instead of scolding them for what goes wrong, you show your dog that you are a fair and loving owner who will take care of their needs.