Comfort Your Dog
Contrary to a persistent myth, you won’t reinforce your dog’s fear by reassuring him when he’s frightened or anxious.
There is absolutely no evidence, not one bit, suggesting that providing comfort and security to a distressed dog causes the dog’s anxiety or fear to increase. Why then, does this myth persist among dog owners and even with some trainers? Why are owners still advised to ignore their dog when he is distressed or anxious or fearful, as if providing any attention to the dog will reinforce those emotions?