We have a Papillon that was over 4 months old when we bought him. He had basically lived in a kennel until that time. That was over a year ago. Every time we reach for him, he still shies away. Is there a natural way to help ease this nervousness? We assume he thinks we're going to put him in a kennel every time we go to pick him up. He will come and jump in our laps on his own.
Just reassure him when you reach for him. Try to go down to his level, let him come over to you, move slowly, talk softly and provide treats when you pick him up. vetcare