But in new situations, she still lacked confidence. She had next to no social skills and other dogs made her nervous, even though she really liked the idea of meeting them.
So we began taking her to Mud Puppies for social hour. For the first few months, she hid under the chairs - the bigger dogs were just too scary! After talking about how much she liked my neighbor's cat, it was suggested that Tess try out "Yippy Hour" for smaller dogs.
This was a great fit! It allowed Tess to work on her social skills and confidence around other dogs while staying in her comfort zone. That, paired with weekly outings to social hour, were a great prescription for Tess's confidence!
A year later, we brought home Edison, who definitely stretched Tess in new ways. He taught her how to play, gave her a great tolerance for rude dogs, and showed her the joy of a squeaky toy.
We'd love to get Tess into the agility class we took Ed to for even more confidence-boosting activities.
Do you have a timid dog? How did you build her confidence?