Understanding Canine Fear

  • Your dog hides from guest

  • Your dog is to fearful to go on walks or outings

  • Your dog startles easily at sounds and certain objects

  • Your dog cowers when they see strangers

  • Your dog barks at people and other dogs on walks

Is Your Dog Fearful?
Sound Familiar?  

Canine fear is a condition that can cause a lot of stress in dogs and to the people who love them. Your dog cowering in fear of strangers is often heartbreaking to watch. Canine fear often goes untreated because many dog parents feel "that's just the way their dog is," but truthfully, canine fear can be treated effectively and humanely with the right tools and techniques.  

Why is my dog so fearful? 

A lot of factors are involved when determining the cause of canine fear. Genetics, traumatic events in your dog's past, level of socialization your dog received during the critical stage of their upbringing and chemical imbalances are some examples of reasons why your dog is fearful.  The good news is we have the tools, techniques and training experience to help your dog's fearful behavior improve.  

Why isn't my dog's fear behavior problem getting better?   

It's a logical assumption to think that a dog's fearful behavior will improve over time. After all, they are living the "good life" with you, their guardian. Unfortunately, dogs cannot learn new skills when they are at a heightened state of stress which is brought on by fear.  For example, if you were scared of heights and we asked you to recite the alphabet backwards while sitting on a high ledge, there’s a pretty good chance you would be too distracted by fear to worry about reciting the alphabet! Your dog’s constant state of fear, and quite often stress too, makes fear reactivity a complex behavioral problem to resolve.  


The good news is there are training protocols available directed at reducing your dog’s fear and overall stress levels.  The results will give you a more confident dog and a happier co-existence with your pet.