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In this video of veterinarian Dr. Thomas Hamilton, he is caring for a scared dog named Cooper and gives viewers an inside look at how he’s building trust with patients.
Dr. Thomas Hamilton says he could tell that Cooper was scared because of his body language. When dogs are cowering, have their head positioned down toward the ground, and look up slightly, it can indicate that they are not posing a threat and are instead untrusting and extremely scared.
In the video, you can see Dr. Hamilton lying down on the ground next to Cooper to help make him feel more comfortable in the unknown situation. He explains that this is an act of submission towards the dog and may help the dog feel more trusting. It also indicates to the dog that he is not going to cause any harm and poses no threat. After giving the pup treats and head massages, he became more trusting around the doctor over time.
Animals who survive abuse can suffer lifelong physical and emotional scars. Once they are rescued, they require plenty of space and time to open up. Earning their trust may be a long road and requires patience and compassion.
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