Some dogs are braver than others, but even a highly confident dog may be afraid of something. Your dog does not necessarily have to be a generally timid and fearful dog to develop a specific phobia. The fireworks this past weekend may have revealed to you that your dog has a noise phobia, but there are a number of other common sources of fear in dogs.
Seeing our canine companions tremble in fear is tough. What's a loving owner to do? Fortunately, Amy Bender, our very own dog training expert is here to offer valuable advice to dog owners. First of all, learn how to identify the signs of fear in your dog. The sooner you see that your dog is afraid, the sooner you can address it. Next, develop and understanding of the causes of fear in dogs. This can help you get to the heart of your dog's fear (or fears).
If you are able to catch your dog exhibiting mild fearful behavior, you will have a better chance of resolving it. However, even dogs with extreme fear can be helped. In the latter case, it is often best to call in an expert. Start with your veterinarian, who can rule out health problems that may have caused or contributed to your dog's fear. Next, consider consulting an animal behaviorist or professional dog trainer. Often, desensitization therapies and behavior modification can help your dog get over his fears. Depending on severity, medication may be recommended in conjunction. Above all, never give up hope!
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