Learn to deal with your fearful dog

Support: You dog needs your help if it is struggling with fear and anxiety. There are ways to assist.
Support: You dog needs your help if it is struggling with fear and anxiety. There are ways to assist.

It doesn't matter how your dog became fearful, it's how you deal with it that counts.

Dogs generalise fear, anxiety, even aggression much faster than positive emotions. A fear inducing thunder-clap quickly 'generalises' to a similar noise like back-firing cars, resulting in 'flight' or 'fight' mode.

For environmentally sensitive dogs use games to rehabilitate, visit strange places and play games for two minutes. It's often a slow process, your dog's attitude, confidence levels will dictate progression.

Avoid patting to reassure as you are praising and increasing the fear/anxiety. Praise only for an action, never an emotion.

The 'generalise' fear/anxiety concept can rapidly transcend into body parts, physical items, locations, vehicles or situations and is problematic when it turns into aggression.

If there is a problem don't avoid it. Your dog won't recover without help, the solution may be a phone call away.

  • Daniel Rodger, Good Dag Bad Dog.
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