We are all aware that every dog boasts his or her own unique personality traits. Some are outgoing and sociable while others tend to be more withdrawn. In the same respect, dogs can display a wide range of emotions. This is why it is important to appreciate the signals of specific feelings. Fear is a common example. How can you tell if your dog is afraid and what can you do about it?
Signs of Fear in Dogs
There are several signals that your dog is experiencing sensations of fear, stress or anxiety. Here are the most common (1):
- Pacing and panting
- Yawning and/or salivation
- A lack of apetite for an extended period of time
- An inability to calm down
- Constantly showing the whites of its eyes (known as “whaling”
Assuming that your dog is displaying one or more of these behaviours, what can you do to alleviate the associated feelings?
Teaching Animals to Cope with Feelings of Fear
Similar to humans, fear can be triggered by an acute situation (such as separation anxiety) or a deep-seated problem (including prior abuse or abandonment). It is first important to understand what is triggering your dog’s fear before a solution can be found. This may involve hands-on techniques such as exposing your animal to these very same sensations within controlled settings (2).
Getting to the Root of the Problem
London K9 Training can help tackle the issues mentioned above. If you are concerned about how your dog is acting, it is wise to give us a call. A bit of professional advice will go a long way!