How to Overcome Dog Fear

The results will come accordingly as you attain to level the stimulus received by the dog: the negatives (fear the situation), and the positive (reward obtained). In any case, as an additional measure and with the collaboration from your veterinary, you can proceed to apply the correspondent conduct therapy in its first stages and to administer beta-blockers to the animal. This will cause a less negative stimulus that causes his fear.

Independently from the negative stimulus, there are the reaction that the dog may manifest: struggle, immobilization or escape. If it is possible for him, the last option is the one most of the dogs take more easily always that the aggressor hasn't walked on to the critic distance: influence zone, of variable dimensions from our exemplar to other, in which the security margins are reduced considerably. If that is so, the dog will escape forward and will begin to fight. In this case, the aggression will be out of nervousness.

In the assumption of immobilization, the first stop towards submission, the dog keeps his jaws strongly closed, he lets himself be inspected intimately without the slightest sign of answer and even takes his eyes off his opponent, looking for a double objective: that his looks don't suppose a challenge and to offer turning his head one of his most vulnerable points, the neck.

The corporal picture can be completed with one or several of these postures: tail coiled between the legs protecting the genital area and trying to lessen the risk of possible odors emanating from the animal glands, or lowered ears to expose them as less as possible from a potential bite, and if possible, to barely hear the threatening sounds coming from its opponent, and in extreme situations, ventral position and urinary expulsion.

If the reaction presented by the dog is to escape, this will be wild, showing its genitals covered by the tail and ears backwards, and advancing without paying attention to any type of orders or exterior stimulus that he may perceive. Without taking notice of any obstacle in front of him (cars, people, etc.), he will run directly to what he considers a safe area: most of the times he will go home.

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