I was putting my dog's frozen treat in freezer and my dog was following me. The freezer was the swing door type under the fridge. So I thought the close was closing on me but instead I elbowed my dog in mouth thinking it was the freezer door. I don't know I hit him too hard but he suddenly started acting aloof after and I'm trying to apologize but he won't go near me. I don't think I got wounded in the accident either. What should I do? Help

  • pets.stackexchange.com/q/19034/429 related, though it feels like the person who did it got off lightly
    – Journeyman Geek
    Commented Aug 5, 2023 at 14:42
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    The more you act strangely by trying to apologize, the more your dog will act strangely in reaction to your strange behavior. Dogs don't have a concept of apologizing. He probably thinks he was chastised for trying to go into the freezer and is behaving extra-careful now. The sooner you return to normal behavior, the sooner your dog can do the same.
    – Elmy
    Commented Aug 7, 2023 at 6:07
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    Does this answer your question? How can I regain my dog's trust after accidentally hurting them with a toy?
    – Allison C
    Commented Aug 7, 2023 at 17:44

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Say oops, make a bit of extra effort to show the dog you like it for a day or two, and forget about it. If it doesn't happen again, the dog will forget about it too. Accidents happen.

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