Fear in dogs

At any age and in many situations, the dog may be afraid, whether justified for irrational. If the relationship of the animal to his anxieties is very early, it doesn’t prevent that we can help a shy dog to feel better, as well as improve our understanding of his different behaviors. 

For starters, it’s important to know that there are several factors that can cause canine fear: poor socialization, genetics or trauma over the course of life. A puppy separated too early from his mother and who, therefore, wouldn’t be properly weaned, might tend to be distressed. Similarly, some breeders breed fearful bitches, for example, which gives little more to fear. Finally, a dog victim of violence, or who finds himself little confronted with external elements will be more inclined to be wary, or even to be terrorized.

The signs of fear

When he is afraid, your fellow-traveler may have two opposite reactions; flight or confrontation. Whatever his choice at the moment, a dog who is afraid shows it and you must not neglect the warning signs, in order to avoid a traumatic episode, or to be bitten if he defends himself.

A dog that is afraid can be aggressive, growling, shaking, barking, gasping, losing hair, ears sticking back, pupils dilated, hair bristling, tail between paws, lick your chops, fix you , to urinate a lot, to moan, to yawn, to pacing, to show teeth or to bite in a vacuum. These elements combined with a new situation, dangerous or that you know problematic for the canine are thus to take into account.

How to manage fear?

First, you need to make sure that your dog’s anxiety isn’t due to an illness. Hyperthyroidism, which is a hormonal condition, can lead to fear and stress reactions in animals, which can even become paranoid and aggressive towards their owners. In this case, a suitable treatment will allow the canine to find its normal state very quickly.

To get rid of your dog’s fear, or to help him cope with it, we must first identify him clearly. If noises frighten Fido, such as fireworks for example, you can try to put them in your home background, with a CD or through the Internet, first very gently before increasing the volume gradually. During this time, you’ll play with him, so that he feels good. Little by little, he should be at this noise and no longer consider it dangerous. If transport triggers this feeling in your companion, you can help him relax when you have to take the car, train or plane, thanks to naturopathy, having previously taken the necessary precautions, such as consult a specialist in canine health.

Consult a dog behaviorist to better help your dog, because we must not forget that your behavior also has a great impact on his. When you are stressed or scared, you pass on those negative emotions as well. A specialist could help you master this, so that you have the most appropriate response possible to help your pet when he’s scared.

Fear isn’t always avoidable and can sometimes avoid great dangers, thanks to the instinct of survival. However, it can become problematic for your dog when it is excessive and irrational. Fortunately, by being well surrounded and having well respected the weaning time of the puppy, your pet should face it without worries.