3 most common dog fears and ways of correcting them
The dog (puppy) can experience strong emotional discomfort from different situations. For example, it may be the owner's attempts to get the dog into the elevator, descent or climb up the stairs, loud sounds, or meeting people and dogs, strollers, children, buses, etc.
So, in order to teach the dog not to be afraid, it’s necessary, through special training exercises, to form an alternative experience for alleviating emotional discomfort through an active interaction with our trainers (dog psychologist) in specific frightening situations. In this case, the dog has the opportunity to get used to the previously frightening situations. Gradually, the alternative experience is accumulated and generalized in the dog's mind and behavior changes radically or at least significantly improves.
These are the most common fears and their corrections:
Fear of sharp sounds
A dog can be afraid of shots, firecrackers, sounds of metal strikes, etc. The reasons for this behavior can be both inborn and acquired. If such reactions are primarily because of a genetic nature, then the correction of behavior could be ineffective. However, if these fears are due to a predominantly negative dog experience, then in many cases the behavior can be corrected or improved by our specialists.
Fear of unknown people or dogs
Most often it’s the result of negative experience, when specific strangers or dogs showed aggression towards the dog. In this case, the dog can allocate as potentially dangerous those people or dogs that resemble its abuser, especially if the attacks happened in the early puppy age.
Correction: in this case, the correction of the behavior is carried out by a special training with the help of a dog trainer, who will establish an alternative positive experience of the dog's perception of previously frightening situations related to the presence of people or dogs.
Sometimes this behavior is genetic. This may be due to the predisposition of the dog to extreme isolation from strangers (not members of its pack), combined with the predominance of passive-defensive reactions. In fact, the dog perceives all unfamiliar people or dogs as very dangerous enemies and is tempted to protect itself from them.
Fear of specific situations
Dogs can be afraid, for example, only of doctors and medical procedures, vacuum cleaners, wheelchairs with children, etc. In this case, the cause of fear, as a rule, is the negative emotional experience of the dog at an early age.
Correction: such variants of fear manifestations can be fixed by forming of alternative positive experiences when the dog is exposed to previously frightening situations.