Dogs can become fearful of new things and things that they just don’t understand. This can be due to negative experiences in their past, lack of socialisation and even genetics. Dogs may be afraid of certain people, animals, situations, objects, sounds and even smells. They may demonstrate this by avoidance, fearful body language, panting and trembling among others.
If a dog reacts in a fearful way it is essential that this fear is addressed as soon as possible to avoid the fear becoming ingrained into the dog. The sooner a problem is addressed the sooner it can be solved.
Continued exposure to a fear-causing experience can reinforce the dog’s belief that it is something to be scared of, and can in extreme cases lead to a complete shutdown of their senses. Imagine an arachnophobic being sat in a bath full of spiders as a treatment for their phobia!
Complete elimination of the fear followed by a gradual reintroduction combined with positive reinforcement at the dogs own pace is one of the best ways to work on this problem.
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But don’t just take our word for it! Read these case studies, recommendations and references from two Contented Canines and their happy owners!
Clara is an 18 month old Cocker Spaniel who had recently been adopted by new owners having spent her life previously at her breeders and mainly kept kennelled. Clara was a very nervous and scared little girl, probably because of the lack of socialisation done by her previous owners. Her owner Jo got in touch to help build her confidence and help her relax in her new home and surroundings.
Minnie is another rescue dog who had had a difficult start to life. She was welcomed into her new home by owner Val and her two resident dogs. Her introduction brought about some changes in behaviour and experienced dog owner Val lost her confidence. She got in touch with me to see if I could help.