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How To Stop Your Dog From Being Scared of Other Animals

Does your dog get edgy and nervous around other dogs? Is there always a problem with growling or hiding? While dogs will always occasionally have problems with some other dogs, a day to day inability to interact well is a sign of trouble.

As they grow with the pack, young puppies learn doggie manners and are socialized to their pack. Ideally, they also get an opportunity to meet other puppies and older dogs (once they have their shots) while still at a developmental stage.

In cases where they have been bred at one of those awful puppy mills or where they have not met enough dogs to be properly socialized (with the note that some dogs are simply more timid and will be reserved because of their personality), the treatment method is to bring in the positive experiences.

Why Do Dogs Get Scared of Other Dogs and Animals?

  • Past Negative Experiences
  • Lack of Positive Experiences

Tips To Stop Dogs From Getting Scared of Animals

  • Identify how far away he can be without getting scared and stay outside that line.
  • Reward him for staying cool.
  • Work to move him closer to the object he is afraid of, in baby steps

Your dog needs the chance to interact with other dogs that are calm and friendly. Identify dogs that you know, either through friends and family or through work, and hand pick the ones that will be able to assist in rehabilitating your dog. Please read about dog language beforehand so you know how to watch for signs of stress or aggression and prevent problems.

The process of re-teaching these associations is often called "counter-conditioning." As the name implies, the goal is to counter, or change, the connection that exists in your dog's mind. To do this, we must give him new experiences (new connections). While doing that, we encounter a concept known as the "behavioral threshold."

Behavioral threshold is a term that refers to the distance at which your dog can no longer calmly handle the presence of the feared object. When that line is crossed, the frightening aspects of the item become too strong and she will begin to respond with fear instead of indifference. The goal is to reduce and eventually eliminate the distance that he needs to feel safe.

In counter conditioning we are dealing with a dog's emotions, not actions, so the intention is to make those feelings better. Flooding the dog with the stimulus or making him quiet down may well produce satisfactory outward results, but the inner impact may make the problem worse. By recognizing that it is an emotional state, we can work directly with the problem to alleviate it.

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