To avoid that your puppy gets dog anxiety as an adult dog make sure that you expose your puppy to many different situations. Don’t keep your puppy isolated from situations like car noise, busy streets, horses, strangers, screaming people, TV, vaccuum cleaners etc. He has to know about these things and is curious to learn something new early in his life. This way he gets to know a lot of threatening situations and can handle them later on when he is grown up.
Everything that he doesn’t learn while he is still young might frighten him later on as an adult dog.
If your dog has fear in specific situations there are TWO scenarios. If he is not on the leash he will run away. If he is on the leash or can’t run away for some reason he will growl, bark or snap. If this behavior is successful he will behave like this in the future when he feels threatened. The fear will remain but he will apply his successful defense in all fearful situations.
All dogs have fear sometimes, this is normal, but some dogs are extremely anxious and their fear is quite intense.
It all depends on the breed how quickly a dog will react to fear. Some dogs are very sensitive and get excited quickly.
You should go to a vet first to make sure that your dog is healthy and that his fear does not originate from any disease he might have.
Make sure your dog gets at least 18 to 20 hours of rest. Not enough sleep can lead to diseases and supports fear.
Improve the dogs food to achieve a higher level of well-being and improve his quality of life playing games in which he has to find food. When you go outside for a walk throw a handful of dog treats on to the lawn. To find the treats will make a lot of fun and this will improve his level of well-being. So more he has to work to get his food so more fun he will have.
Make sure your dog gets a lot of activity, this helps against fear. All activities that involve a lot of movement are good for your dog.
Your dog observes your body language and mood. Make sure that you don’t have fear yourself. Your dog will pick it up. It is the way you go and act. Control your posture. Are you a fearful person? However, your personality is not the reason why your dog is fearful.
The reasons for his fear are genetics, traumatic experiences, and experiences he made in the past and daily stress.
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Dog Separation Anxiety
Dog Separation Anxiety is caused when you leave the house and your dog
stays alone. He doesn’t know where you go. This creates fear in his mind.
The dog has its own psychology. Watch the video below and you will understand more about this.
You can start treatment of dog separation anxiety yourself. Leave the room for a short period of time and extend this period if your dog shows no anxiety. Start leaving the room for 5 minutes and increase this time. Give the dog as many times as needed and build up the time interval. Have patience and do it slowly until you can go out for long periods.
If you come back and see that the dog has broken something, do not say anything, but ignore him. If you punish him he will not be able to relate this to having broken something as too much time has passed already, so punishment is useless.
Separation anxiety typically manifests within 30 minutes of departure of the handler.
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