I Max did get a little skittish later when more of the family came; he ran and hid under the table. When I did get him out he was really shaking. I just sat with him and pet him until he stopped shaking. [/b]
Just something to consider Petting the dog when he is shaking for most dogs is rewarding the shaking behavior and in the end you are likely to get more. Just as it is advised not to comfort a dog that is afraid of thunderstorms or large noises. It is very much a human reaction to the circumstances to comfort the frightened it just happens to be a foreign reaction in dog language.
CAUTIOUS CANINE, 2ND EDITIONPuppies may pick up fear or discomfort with storms from their people, so it is important to develop a matter-of-fact attitude when dealing with a frightened youngster. Let the pup stay close, reassure him that he's fine, and coax him to play to divert his attention, but don't hover over him, stroke him incessantly, or cuddle him anxiously.[/b]
How to help dogs conquer their fears with desensitization and counter conditioning. Step by step instructions to help you dog get over his fear of unfamiliar people. ***If you want to use the program for something besides a dog who's afraid of strangers, just substitute the relevant species and problem and go from there. It can be used to get over fear of the vet, a ceiling fan, whatever - as long as the behavior problem is motivated by fear.[/b]