Fear of Other Dogs

Cinophobia
Fear of other dogs can be due to the lack of early experiences with dogs; because your dog has been overly protected or because he has been previously frightened or bitten. With the help of a friend who owns a calm dog, go outdoors for a walk and see to what distance your dog can go without getting scared in the presence of other dogs. Reward your dog with affection and treats when he behaves quietly. Reduce the distance that separates each dog everyday until your dog can walk calmly, without fear, next to the other dog. This process usually lasts between three and six weeks.

Possessive Stances
A possessive temper is a behavior problem which is more frequent in dominant dogs and in some breeds more than in others. It is more probable that the leaders of the pack decide to posses their toys, food bowl and resting-places more than the more submissive dogs.

Avoid fights with possessive dogs by simply not giving them toys. Deal with these problems by withdrawing your affection from the dog, teaching the animal the basic orders once again and keeping him tied to a training leash.

Guarding His food
A dog considers himself the leader of the pack and leaders protect their belongings, they don't share them. If you take a step back when your dog growls, he will know that this attitude is effective and this will encourage him to repeat that with more frequency.

The Solution
1. When you do this exercise, have a friend or a member of your family take the dog on a training leash. Don't let him eat before this exercise. Offer your dog some food (but not too delicious, for example, rice). Let the dog smell it.

2. While the dog is looking, add some more food. Repeat this exercise every time you feed him and, after a few days, he will your appreciate your visit to the food bowl.

Guarding his Resting Place
Dominant dogs choose their resting places; they can choose the armchair and keep their favorite toys there. You should never pull a dominant dog by his collar because you can be bitten.

Solution
Leave the training leash on the dog and you will have him controlled. Tell your dog to get off the armchair by saying "get off" and offering him a food prize.

Guarding his toys
Some dogs will guard their toys and won't let go of them. Avoid taking them away from the dog by trying to pull them away.

Solution
1. With a treat in one hand and a toy in the other, encourage your dog to bite the toy.

2. Give your dog the order to "let go" and when he lets go of the toy, reward him by saying "good" and give him the food. Repeat this exercise right away giving the dog the toy and then ordering him again to "let go".

Guarding his Family
Even though people appreciate the security a dog gives them, some of them are very possessive with their masters, especially if they are of the opposite gender.

Solution
If your dog is too possessive, put the leash on him in order to be able to control him whenever you have visits. Leave a piece of food so your visitor can give it to the dog. When the visitor comes in, order your dog to "sit" and remain "quiet". Tell the visitor to avoid looking straight into the dog's eyes, to get down and offer the dog the food reward.

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