Get a Buddy
Again, if your dog has a fear of other dogs, start small by getting a buddy who you regularly walk with, thus increasing your dog’s social circle. The ultimate aim may be group activities, but starting small is always recommended and in this way, your dog makes a new friend which always serves to increase confidence. It’s sociable for you as the owner too.
Go to a Professional
You may employ any of the tips previously mentioned and they may work a dream (but remember they will all take time to see a difference). However, in more extreme cases you will see little improvement in your dog’s behavior, and you may feel that a more extreme intervention is required.
Fortunately, there are professional dog trainers and even behavioral experts who you can engage to spend time with your dog and help him or her to break free from the fears that are holding your dog back. In most cases there will be a breakthrough, so professional help does indeed work, it is obviously just a slightly more expensive form of intervention.
If your dog does suffer from some form of severe nervousness or anxiety, or you simply find that he or she becomes overly scared in certain situations, there are important points to remember. First of all, start slowly with any exposure that you plan to give. Throwing your dog in at the deep end, as it would with a person suffering from the same complaint, would be highly detrimental. Go at this gently, and step by step.
Secondly, never get frustrated with your dog, and punishing them or shouting them will only make the situation worse. Understanding is required and will help your dog overcome their fears in the long run.