Like us, our dogs may be afraid. This emotion can manifest in the gente canine in various ways that it is not always easy to decode.
What are the signs of fear in dogs?
Thus a frightened dog may get up to do sound effects. Moaning, growling or barking allow the dog to express his fear and aim to « impress » the object of his fear to try to roll it back.
These sound effects are most often accompanied by a characteristic body posture of fear: facedown on the floor, earthquakes, low ears and tail between the legs. This attitude is one of submission: the dog will remain motionless or will seek to hide in a corner, behind furniture or in your legs. It may even be urinating so much his fear is pressing.
Some dogs respond instead to fear by aggressive behavior: spiky, lips curled hair and fangs out. Don’t they say not: the best defense is a good offense?
If this emotion is all natural, she was even saving at the ancestors of our doggies. Synonym for survival, it is she who pushed them to flee or avoid danger in the hostile nature. But these days, the manifestations of fear in our pets can be distracting and even dangerous. Indeed a dog who’s afraid is potentially dangerous because it can bite in response to this emotion. It is therefore necessary to remedy knowing reassure his dog.
How to reassure his dog?
To reassure his faithful companion, the first of the reflexes of any master is to pet his dog. Note that this is a very bad habit. Indeed, caressing your dog when he is afraid, tell him « you’re scared, that’s great! I am satisfied (e) your behavior. » In other words,. you reinforce it in his negative reaction.
So how do you reassure her dog?
First of all, it is necessary to identify the cause of the fear of the dog. What is he afraid? Noise? (S) what (s) in particular? The storm? People? Children? Of his peers?
Techniques to reassure his dog will indeed depend on the object of his fear, but also of the age of your dog.
If you have a puppy, it is important to know that they cross, from the 8th to the 12th week of their lives, a period during which goes in place the fear. What puppies will have not had the opportunity to know during this period will trigger home scared behavior. It is therefore crucial for these 5 weeks to socialize your puppy. This socialization through increased stimulation of your small dog by him making a lot of noise.by meeting people of all races and sizes, by work with as many different people as possible.
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Don’t hesitate to take it anywhere: in town, in the crowd, in malls, on the edge of road etc. The environment of your puppy will be rich, less fear in his future life. It is also recommended to enroll your puppy to puppy school where he can see and play with many dogs.
Canine educators take care also to stand in front of the dog with accessories like hats, canes or crutches that can be a source of fear for our doggies. They will make them hear while they will play with other puppies of noises like gunshots.records of lightning or pans that collide. This technique of positive conditioning at the puppy is by far the most effective.
If you missed the rendezvous of the socialization of your puppy, all is not lost. Then decondition your dog of his fear in the same way as for puppies.
If your dog is afraid of noise, buy a CD of sound effects on which the noise which scares your dog has been saved or please have the accessories required to reproduce the noise that frightens him. Give him the CD at low volume or reproduce the noise while your dog performs an activity that he enjoys.If your dog shows no signs of fear, encourage your pet in a playful voice.
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Otherwise, do not insist, reward your pet as soon as he calms down and try again later by reducing the frightening noise volume until it shows no sign of fear.The process must be gradual to transform the negative perception of the stimulus (« that noise, I do not know, it scares me ») in positive perception (« this noise I hear when I play or when I eat, ultimately it is more scary
If your dog is afraid of a person or an object, don’t ever force to approach him because doing so may trigger a reflex to bite at him. Use the game to push your dog to go see for himself what he scared him. This can take some time before your dog understands that there is nothing to worry about.This can take some time before your dog understands that there is nothing to worry about. Please exercise patience and understanding!
Si vous avez besoin d’aide dans ce processus, les comportementalistes canins sont là également pour vous aider.
Finally, as a last resort and if the fear of your dog becomes chronic and this stress him ruining your life, there are drug solutions. Talk to your veterinarian. He will study with you the best solution for your companion.