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Boosting confidence

It was pointed out in another one of my threads that it is possible my boy has a confidence issue. I have had him for 3 months and looking back I think that person hit the nail on the head. He lived the first 2yrs of his life in a fenced in yard before I adopted him. What can I do to boost his confidence??
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It was pointed out in another one of my threads that it is possible my boy has a confidence issue. I have had him for 3 months and looking back I think that person hit the nail on the head. He lived the first 2yrs of his life in a fenced in yard before I adopted him. What can I do to boost his confidence??
Exposure to new stimuli, but make sure he is not overstimulated or shutting down in fear. Bitework with a skilled helper is an excellent confidence builder. Really all training is a good confidence builder. Go for a walk and if you see someone, ask if they would like to treat your dog, and give them some treats... is there anything specifically he is scared of?

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Really all training is a good confidence builder.
This. Have you ever been to a class with your dog? Even just training at home where he gets praised a lot with help build his confidence.

You've only had him 3 months, you guys are still building a relationship. Lots of fun activities together (all positive) will help with his confidence and your bond.
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Exposure to new stimuli, but make sure he is not overstimulated or shutting down in fear. Bitework with a skilled helper is an excellent confidence builder. Really all training is a good confidence builder. Go for a walk and if you see someone, ask if they would like to treat your dog, and give them some treats... is there anything specifically he is scared of?

He isnt really scared of much. He gets very cautious when around other dogs and other people, but still wags his tail. He gets scared/runs away when I change the tone of my voice to the "no no" voice, which I do very rarely...
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This. Have you ever been to a class with your dog? Even just training at home where he gets praised a lot with help build his confidence.

You've only had him 3 months, you guys are still building a relationship. Lots of fun activities together (all positive) will help with his confidence and your bond.

We are scheduled to start our first obedience class next week. We tested out of the beginner class
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Great! That's going to do a lot for your confidence as well. Stosh needed some confidence building after the shooting incident and even though he was beyond basic obedience in experience, we went back to the basics. The time together, him knowing he can trust you, the successes he'll have, will all build on one another.
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Great! That's going to do a lot for your confidence as well. Stosh needed some confidence building after the shooting incident and even though he was beyond basic obedience in experience, we went back to the basics. The time together, him knowing he can trust you, the successes he'll have, will all build on one another.

I was just reading about that the other day!

I am really looking forward to the classes. I am very new at everything...being a 3 month old GSD owner...There is a lot more to learn and get comfortable/confident with!!
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He gets scared/runs away when I change the tone of my voice to the "no no" voice, which I do very rarely...
This probably means he was taught with compulsion/negative reinforcement only or primarily. If that is the case then his expectation is that if you are displeased, a beating is coming his way. Better to only do positive reinforcement with him, and avoid any scenerio where negative might be used appropriately with other dogs.

If its just a general wariness around other dogs and people, I'd bet thats just something some confidence would address. If he is abnormally scared of something in particular then you may have to address that differenetly

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You are probably right. When you say positive reinforcement does that mean when he does something wrong, show him the right way to do it and then praise?
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