The bottom line
Anxiety – The bottom line:
feel “rewarded” for fearful behavior if you pet and praise when
the dog is behaving fearfully. Rewarding a behavior increases the
likelihood of that behavior occurring more often, even when the
individual is not conscious of being rewarded for it. Give rewards
when the dog is behaving confidently, calmly, or happily. Work with
your dog to develop ways to elicit these behaviors so that you can
do so during storms and then reward. This is powerful training that
will help you and your dog in all aspects of life.
Punishing or crating an anxious dog is also bad thing to do since
they cannot control this anxiety and may well destroy their crates
or injure themselves.
can help your dog overcome fear and prevent anxiety by ignoring
anxious behavior and rewarding behavior that you prefer.
that is new or unfamiliar to your dog could pose a threat to his
life so it’s normal for a dog to fear the unusual. But some dogs
fear common events or things that can’t be prevented; car rides,
the groomer, the veterinarian, thunderstorms, family members, water,
hats, crowded buildings, other dogs, sirens, children screaming,
rollerblades, skateboards, gunshots, bicycles, cars and trucks.
your dog is genuinely frightened of a specific person, object or
event that can be avoided, it’s appropriate to simply avoid it,
if at all possible.
Many forms of problem behavior are a result of a dog’s fears. A
dog can become anxious if frequently exposed to something he fears.
In the home environment, where your dog has you to protect him,
this anxiety is unnecessary.
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