Dog and puppy FEAR
to Help Your Fearful Anxious Dog
Tip: Throwing treats at a fearful dog as some trainers recommend is meaningless to a dog and only shows that the human distrusts and is nervous. The canine Food Drive will never trump a dog's Defense Drive of fight/flight, the perceived need to defend his safety and even life. This dog must be given the chance to learn how to cope and move forward on his or her own, and then enjoy the ensuing celebration of having successfully done so.
You are not going to lick an ice cream cone on a plane ride if the plane seems to be falling out of the sky for a crash. Similarly giving a dog a piece of liver to eat does nothing to alleviate any even inappropriately perceived need to seek safety from a threat.
Our forte is helping fearful, anxious dogs learn to achieve calm confidence, relaxation and trust.
We mentor you with a customized strategy which has techniques tailored to your dog's specific temperament and needs. Together we help your dog learn to confidently enjoy hurdling challenges and becoming part of all our world has to offer!
1. Affectionate Reassurance
Holding, comforting, "It's OK, baby!"
Affectionate talk, touch and eye contact REWARDS a dog's insecurity. It tells a dog, "This is how I always want you to be!" which is of course not true.
2. Avoiding the Cause of the Dog's Discomfort and Fear
You steering your dog away from flapping trash can lids on the walk wrongly tells dog that he has good reason for grave concern. The same goes for picking up the dog when passing others. You tell him that you do not trust, are not confident and need his protection.
3. Letting Fear Escalate Vs. Blocking/Disagreeing With
You need to communicate "I disagree with what you are thinking and feeling" using a strategy of prevention instead of later intervention. If you do not communicate to the dog in a way he understands, he will never learn to cope using curious relaxation instead of fearful panic.
4. Ignoring Early Warning Signs and Letting Fear Snowball
Being overly shy and submissive, always tailgating you, and rolling over to meet others are all signs that your dog needs leadership help.
DID YOU KNOW THAT T-Touch can be a useful exercise for helping a fearful anxious dog unlock that place in his brain which affords calm relaxation? We'll help you learn if it is valuable for your dog.