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Jul 16, 2011 5:48 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Do not try to console or sympathize with him. In the dog world you are encouraging that behavior you don't want.
This is very difficult for me to explain in the written word. Each dog is an individual with it's own personality, just like people. Only with people we can give sympathy and encouragement with words and affection, that works for us because we understand that form of communication. It doesn't work the same for dogs. It just makes them more insecure. If you could calmly and quietly, with no talking, retrieve him from the hiding place and go sit quietly with him. Don't pet him, make eye contact or talk to him, just have him lay beside you quietly until you see him relax and become calm. When that happens you can give him a treat. Do not give him a treat until he is completely calm and relaxed.

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