Fear is basic survival mechanism which occurs in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. However, if a fearful dog is living constantly in fear, it can be a terrible thing.
Fearful Dog – Fear triggered by:
- External situations such as a new place (vet office)
- Auditory (noises or sounds that trigger fear)
- New animals (unfamiliar dogs, cats, etc)
- People (men and/or women)
Tips to Identify Dog Fear
- Anxiety is not fear. Anxiety is technically an upward energy, while fear is a downward (blocking) energy.
- To test fear, put your dog in a situation where you suspect they are fearful and offer the dog food that it would normally be interested in. How do they react?
- Watch for tucking of tail, hunching over, salivation, urinating, licking lips, poor eye contact, retracting or backing up
Tips to Help your Dog Overcome Fear
- Build strong communication bond with your dog. Successful communication builds trust and trust builds predictability in your dog
- Desensitize your dog by exposing them to new situations – people (men and woman), other dogs and animals, strange noises and objects
- Play Games such as tag, fetch, find the scent, etc. Games can really help build the dog’s confidence and overcome their fears
- Exercise! A healthy body equals a healthy mind!
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