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  1. SUZANNE says:

    My dog MUST be with me at all times. She is a German Shep0herd. She has become very protected of me and in most cases, she is so well behaved. If I leave her alone she is on SUPER% GUARD DUTY (she thinks it is required) and when I get home, of course she “tells” me that I shouldn’t be leaving without her.

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    Carol Mulder Reply:

    Hello Chet
    Thank you for the fantastic article. It has really helped to give a better unstanding of my 3 much loved pooches.
    Carol

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  2. Hi there,

    I have just finished ready your free report.

    Mistakes along the way, definitely giving too much symapathy!

    My dogs fear is of strangers, they bark and carry on.

    Your tips are really helpful and Ill be giving them a go, they make sense.

    Thank you

    Regards Mary.

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  3. Liz bailey says:

    I was extremely grateful for your recent emotion change technique. We were recently burgled while out for dinner, the burglars pulled the iron security bars from the windows and forced open the window, sprayed our dogs eyes and stole our technical stuff along with course work and many treasured pictures, e books etc etc. Saffie our GS X was clearly traumatised and I spent the next couple of days changing her negative emotion to a positive, feel good emotion. I simultaneously rattled and banged the window showing her her much treasured ball and yummy cheese treats, job done, thanks Chet from Liz & Saffie

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  4. Roger says:

    Thunder, small arms fire and fireworks still send our dogs seeking shelter. How can they find security?

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  5. Sue says:

    My dog seems to diplay some fear aggression. barking at strollers and running children with the hair on her back raised like she would like to eat them! She can play nicely with children, but then she’ll turn and bark with teeth bared…not ok

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  6. Donna says:

    I did read with interest your advice on fear aggression in dogs. I had been using something called Rescue Remedy for my dog at an earlier time, and I am unsure of its effectiveness. My dog becomes very reactive to other dogs, cats, and people entering my property, coming into my home. He is afraid of dark haired people,plaid work shirts, large trucks which rattle or bounce when pulling an add on…trailor etc. Dogs off leash and roaming, plastic bags floating in the wind, sudden movement.He cannot pass another dog on the side walk when walking,only now is he becoming interested in sniffing an individual, and in some cases permitting them to talk too and pet him. We walk two, two mile walks a day and after a year he is calming down and improving in some areas. For the approaching of other dogs, I simply change direction, until the oncoming dog as passed and then we go back to our original route, or cross the road, in short I practice avoidence. My dogs degree of reactiveness can quickly turn into aggression so I do use the wire basketr muzzle, and prong collar in public. The prong is NOT tight or pinching, we have a very loose leash when walking, I almost never have to “pop” up on the leash. I have allowed him off leash on old dirt roads, but never without the muzzle, if we should encounter another animal, I do want him to use his teeth. When you look at the price of pet calm etc…it would cost you almost as much as the dogs feed, it is an option that I know many dog oweners cannot afford. I will continue doing what I have been doing, the dog is slowly improving, and is extremely gentle and bonded with my family. I got this dog when he was 16 months old, he did have a significant leg injury, which he does lick a lot, and I do know it was a tramatic injury. I never learned much from them about his previous history, I know he was very agressive, and I know I have helped him improve trmedously, there will be more…baby steps.

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  7. Elizabeth Reshower says:

    My Bella, a little cocker spaniel, is timid and may have been abused by a man because when she hears a male voice, she goes running. I got her when she was about 22 months old. She’s now about 26 months. When I first left her alone, she clawed the carpet into shreds and the paint off the door. She feels more secure now about being left.

    But when we are with people she hides behind my legs and won’t meet new people at all. The woman who cleans here gets a more open greeting from the dog, who stands about 20 feet away and wags her tail at her.

    Thank you for this information. I’ll read it and get back to you with a plan.

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  8. Maggie van Rooij says:

    Dear Chet,

    Thank you for this great article! I have tried several things to keep my dog from “losing it” to no avail. Now I will try your suggestions and take it from there. I will also pick up some Pet calm and performance plus.
    I can not order on line as I do not own a credit card. But our heatlh store has the products you mention.
    Thank you and I alwayd reccomend your website to my friends.

    Happy Tails!

    Maggie Van Rooij

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  9. hilal says:

    Hi,
    i read your very useful report but still i have one point is not enough clear to me.
    my dog, 3 years old female chihuahua is extremely scared of other dogs. we many times tried to socialize her with other dogs but only more fear was the result. Every time when i take her to a walk, she listens every sound, watch all around to see if any dog is near. no relaxation at all! Many dogs wants to smell her but if they come aggressively i stop them, if they are calm dogs i let them. But she always has the tail in between and sometimes attacks to other dog to say that’s enough with her little teeth.
    I tried many things for her to overcome her fear but couldn’t find the way out.
    Do you think I can still use your relaxation method for fear of dogs? Do you think I should do some other exercise?

    Thanks for your work and looking forward to hear.

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  10. Mahmoud says:

    Thank’S it is a ver good artivle and I will try to do it .but there are to many ptoblems to my germanshepherd dog as it lost his mate at age 5 month. And it refuses to eat propac since when and I dont know what to fo with it

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  11. Maggie van Rooij says:

    Hi Chet,
    I left you no comment on what my dog is afraid of.
    The vacuum cleaner. I put her outside when I vacuum inside and when I vacuum my little patio I make sure she is inside. However I will try the on and off way today.
    Abby is afraid of cars, bicicles and things that move fast. She lunges at them and that is dangeres. It scares me to think what would happen if she got loose I will walk in more quiet area’s to relieve that pressure.
    She is very nevous around crouwds. I never take her to a crowded area because she starts panting and is “lost”
    Abby is also afraid of 2 year old toddlers. She barkes and runs around them to the point where she completly shuts down and even runs away from me. That age group seems to kick and grab too much for her liking and she goes nuts!
    This is why I keep her away from the little kids.
    Thank you again,

    Happy tails!

    Maggie

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  12. Kris says:

    Our little Yorkie who is our grandpuppy lives with us now. He has been with us for 6 months now. He is very afraid of thunderstorms and fireworks. He shakes really hard and licks his mouth dow he doesn’t drewel. He wants to be on you when this happens…he does not want to be alone. We will try to do what you suggest..I can see why holding him would reenforce his anxiety. Thanks.

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  13. Savana says:

    These tips are SO wonderful and make so much sense! I will be making sure that my dog doesn’t have any fear or anxiety while it is a puppy to help stop it from starting. Thank you so so much Chet!!!

    Savana

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  14. Maggie says:

    I adopted my dog last November. He came from a puppy mill and is afraid to let me pick him up or even touch him. He will come to me now when he is ready to relax in the evening, he crawls up on the sofa next to me but if I go to pet him he jumps off. He is so cute and I just want to cuddle with him but he wants no part of it. What should I do?

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    AnnaC Reply:

    Maggie, I suggest to go back to the very basic ‘getting acquainted’ measure of hand feeding your dog. If he has to come to you – to your hand – for every bite of food he will soon learn to let you touch him. Good luck

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    Jessica Reply:

    The idea that popped into my mind,hearing that he was from a puppy mill trust is a very valued emotion with dogs.Gain his trust and always keep him calm as well as yourself.Build the trust let him know you will always be there and and respect his space as you would have him do.A puppy mill is a hard place to start life,no love and no one to care for them most times.

    This is all i can offer,hope that it help even just a little.

    Jessica

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  15. golden rose enterprises says:

    This article is a good one. It makes me feel good to know (as a German Shepherd, AKC) Owner,that your article has built in training and help to offer to others with dogs.

    As for myself, I have been taking many good supplements, fish oil for brain function is pushed on everyone, who watches TV or hears the news. That alone and other good health food store offerings will be greatly appreciated to look for and find the Ingredients your product has.

    For those that don’t have a large wallet, they can help themself’s and their pets also.
    Thank you you for this helpful article to assist us to have “friendlier” dogs in general.

    G.R. Enterprises

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  16. Eileen says:

    Out of all the suggestions, the one that worked the best was getting my own emotional / mental house in order. My dog is apparently very sensitive or my energy very strong. Although she still has some issues with bigger dogs and the vet, she does not have issues with men, especially men with caps and black uniforms like police officers, small dogs, big rigs, and motorcycles. Small dogs by her definition is any dog smaller than a small Lab, which includes quite a bit of dogs.

    In addition to my head space, my dog also had a big headache. Certain types of collars put enormous strain on a dog’s cervical muscles and vertebra. Once these issues were dealt with and changed from a collar to a harness, she was a lot more receptive to training. The last thing I do is put a Thundershirt on when I know I’m going to the gas station. The sound of the nozzle releasing ticks her off. At first, I thought it was the attendant (I live in a state where the state mandates attendants pump gas). However on a trip to another state, she got ticked off when my husband pumped the gas.

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  17. TRICIA says:

    HI CHET

    MY MIXED BREED BITCH IS 11 MONTHS OLD. I HAD HER FROM FIVE MONTH OLD, SHE HAD BEEN LEFT ALONE FOR UP TO 8 HOURS EVERY DAY AS HER OWNER WORKED. SHE IS A LOVELY GIRL, BUT HAS A NERVOUS WEE PROBLEM WHICH I CAN’T CURE. I HAVE HOUSE TRAINED HER , AND SHE ALWAYS LETS ME KNOW WHEN SHE NEEDS TO GO OUTSIDE, AND YET WHEN I BEND OR STOOP TO PUT ON HER LEAD, IF I SAY NO! OR PET HER OR EVEN JUST SAY HELLO, OR GOOD GIRL, SHE STOOPS AND PEES, EVEN IF SHE COMES IN FROM RELIEVING HERSELF, SHE STILL DOES IT, IVE TRIED IGNORING HER, TELLING HER ‘NO’ QUIETLY AND CALMLY, BUT IT DOESNT MAKE A DIFFERENCE, I AM AFRAID TO SPEAK TO HER OR TOUCH HER BECAUSE SHE WILL CROUCH DOWN AS IF I AM GOING TO SMACK HER AND JUST WEES. ”HELP”.

    TRICIA

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  18. Patricia says:

    Hi Chet, wonderful website and marvellous tips!
    I’m learning so much, but trying the techniques on my black lab Maya is difficult.
    She’s very sociable and calm dog, but she has developed fears as she grew up, and now, at her 3 1/2 years old, she’s afraid of the vacuum cleaner and other big moving things in the house (of course), fireworks, horses, church bells, trees’ branches moving, specially when it’s windy, even BBQ meat or leather smell!! (amongs many others). Never of people or other dogs, thankfully.
    She just tuck her tail between her legs, and pull of the leash when outside or run away as far as she can inside, crying. Sometimes she snorts (like “wouf”, pushing air out of her mouth, not barking – sorry but English is not my mother tongue) throught the windows, looking at something we can’t see, so we figure out that it’s a smell or something like that, and when you say something to her, she backs away from it, ears flap back and cries.
    She didn’t used to be like that, and I don’t know what to do for her to be calm and not to suffer like that.
    Sorry for the long comment, but we love her so much and want her to be happy.
    Thanks a lot, Patricia.

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  19. Dorothy Adcock says:

    I have a 10 year old female Springer/Bernese mix who has very bad skin problems. She lives with her littermate/brother with whom she is a very good friend. When I need to treat her, she will lie down when I say her name and roll over for me to treat her. She always gives me a kiss afterwards. She has always been shy. Do you think her shyness is the root of her problems?

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  20. diane says:

    Hi Chet,
    Thanks for your generous help with dog training! I recently adopted a standard dachshund from a medical research lab. The dog was born, reared and lived in the clinic until I adopted him at 15 months of age. The dog shared a crate with a litter mate and was socialized/walked once a day for his entire life. Out of necessity he soiled his crate at the laboratory, so housebreaking was a little tough at first. He is doing quite well on house breaking now. His biggest problem now is that he is incredibly shy and evasive. In two months time he has come a long way with me but is still having trouble with the whole family. Anything out of the “norm” will make him hide or run away. After reading your article, I am starting to analyze what may trigger his shyness. I’m going to share your work with the family so they too will get to read your words and hopefully learn. Any additional suggestions you have would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks for your work with animals. Diane

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  21. RUTH BOHLMAN says:

    I RESCUED A PUPPY FROM THE DOG POUND BUT SHE IS SO AFRAID OF EVERYTHING I BELIEVE SHE HAD BEEN ABUSED. SHE GROWLS AT MY HUSBAND EVERY TIME HE COMES IN THE HOUSE AND I CAN’T SEEM TO BREAK HER OF IT. HER BARKING IS A REAL PAIN ALSO. IF A CAR GOES BY THE HOUSE SHE BARKS, IF A NOISE IS MADE EVEN A BLOCK AWAY SHE BARKS. THE BARKING IS DRIVING US ALL NUTS. SHE IS 9 MONTHS OLD NOW AND I’M JUST GETTING HER HOUSE BROKE. MAKES ME WONDER WHY I RESCUED HER IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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  22. Melissa says:

    My dog is afraid of man-hole covers.
    I’ve tried stopping before he notices them and giving him lots of attention and treats for “watching me”. He can be distracted till he’s about 3 feet away, then he just lays down.
    He is in training to become a Medical Alert dog so he does need to overcome this fear to pass formal training. Thanks for your help!

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  23. Barbara Ames says:

    Our girl,Ping came to us at 8 weeks old from a rescue shelter where she was born. Mom was a Corgi/Chow mix and we agree with our veterinarian that Dad was likely a Border Collie. I’ve learned so much from her and from your articles, as well as many fine books and other resources. I was very excited when I saw this article, but for me unfortunately, it didn’t target enough of the problem we have which I believe now to be nervous chewing of herself. Ping chews herself so much that she looks as though she has a horrible case of mange at times. She is coming up on her second birthday and we feed her basically a lamb or chicken with rice diet, that I often cook from scratch to make sure we are avoiding additives,just as mentioned in your article. She had been diagnosed early on with a plethora of allergies by our vet. We tried a multitude of medications including a serum created from her allergy profile that she had to have injected. She was so easy on that, all I had to do was smear some peanut butter on the floor and while she licked happily away, I gave her the injection. However, after nearly a year, there has been absolutely no improvement. Also, unfortunately, a part of her treatment had included short rounds of steroids and as a result, she really packed on some weight before her growing bones were solid enough to handle it. Consequently, she has hips that lame up quite easily. So vigorous exercise, which is what her herding instincts require, is not an option. One wonderful thing for which we are very fortunate, is that my husbands works out of a home office and he is her source of entertainment during the day. Every two hours or so throughout the day, he throws tennis balls or plays other games with her for 5 or 10 minutes. Every evening, we walk (no jogging allowed) and check her tree-mail for 20 to 30 minutes. She tires easily, but she also recovers quickly. We had tried a calming collar for her (infused with natural herbs, etc.), but no luck there either. It kills us to see her gnawing on herself. Would you please do an article focused on dogs that chew themselves?

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    Mary T. Reply:

    A lot of dogs are actually allergic to chicken. Try removing chicken from her diet and substituting fish or some other meat.

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  24. Barbara Ames says:

    Please note in my response (#17) I incorrectly said that my “husbands works out of the house”. For clarification purposes (although I am getting a good chuckle at my typo), I have one (albeit a fine one) husband.

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  25. Dearne Jackson says:

    Simple and clearly written. Thanks. Another option instead of herbal remedies is the Thundershirt. Google if you have not heard of it. This either works very well (or not at all) to give reassurance to dogs in all sorts of situations where they are uneasy or frightened. If a Thundershirt is not available, try a child size T shirt which can be knotted up at the back to create a snug fit on the dog. Have seen this work on dogs which were completely out of control through anxiety, and yet fail on dogs who the owners were certain the dogs were anxious, but in reality were not and simply having temper tantrums eg constant barking because they were not getting their own way. Leadership issue as opposed to anxiety.

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  26. Helene Bleecker says:

    Thanks for the great suggestions.Our dog is a 3 yr.old Coton De Tulear who is deathly afraid of thunderstorms. I have been doing everything wrong thinking I was doing what what was right. Though it will be difficult, I will try to ignore her next time. Hopefully this will work.

    Helene

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  27. Dan W says:

    Hi there, Chet this information is simply genius. Thanks you for all you hard work and dedication to humans and dogs. I have a husky/pyrenees. She is very scared and flighty when and loud noise happens. It started when fire works caught her off guard and now I can’t open a closet door with out her fear being triggered. her brain surely does ‘shut down’ and now I know what I can do. You words for desensitaiztion will help emensly, it is exactly what I was looking to hear/read about. The only other problem we are having is getting her socialized enough so she doesn’t run off and not listen to or commands when she sees another dog. Or if shes on leash to not pull our arm off. I’m thinking that has to do with needing more socialization so shes not so desperate to get to one….Also she was the runt of her litter and seemed either neglected or traumatized somewhat by something, because she was very timid from the start…I doubt on purpose but the owner may have mishandled her a bit…he seemed off a bit. So she does also exhibit some fear towards certain people.

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  28. Roberta McKenna says:

    My daughter has a German Shepard. She is afriad of loud noise’s.She is a rescue dog and we have had her for six months, At this point we know she is afraid of any loud noise, such as planes, car back firing and thunder. I am hoping this well help her before Halloween comes. Thank you for the good advice.

    Roberta, Abbotsford, BC Canada

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  29. Phyllis Lemoine says:

    My Golden is gun shy and afraid of thunder and fireworks. I have been walking her in the fields during hunting season and letting her listen to the gun shots from a distance. She still displays anxiety but we just keep walking with the other dogs and ignoring her until she eventually runs to catch up with the rest of the pack. I have stopped sympathizing with her during thunder storms and just ignore which is working well it just takes patience and time thank you for your article.

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  30. jamie says:

    We adopted our dog when she was 10 wks. old. At around 14 months Maxie began exhibiting severe fear aggression. Maxie attacked my other dog, Bonnie, 4 times in 3 days because Maxie was anxious when I was petting her and Bonnie walked over to us. She was afraid and therefor aggressive to men, children, and other dogs. In desperation we hired a personal dog trainer to help us understand and modify Maxie’s behavior. ($100.00/hr.) The one thing that really works is PROZAC. The difference in Maxie is amazing. She plays off leash with other dogs, shows no fear of people, (other than gardeners with loud machines). All of this for $5.00 for a month’s supply of generic prozac at a discount store!

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  31. LouAnn says:

    My best friend passed recently and I inherited her 10 yr. old male Papillon. He’s being treated for pancreatis for the past 2yrs. His anxiety from being moved around; different eating and sleeping arrangements; and I have a 11 yr. old female Silky. Needless to say, Charlie and Cindy are going through many anxieties. They want to eat each others food. I’ve had to feed them separately. They will not go outside at the same time; they want to play rather than do business. If I put them out separately, it’s easier. They both sleep on the floor rather than in their beds, which is usually the norm. There’s no quarreling; Cindy lets him drink first; one is cautious the other is curious. Daily walks have been calming. How long before these two can be left alone without tearing up the house?

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  32. Bunnie says:

    I need some helping teaching my 8 month old red heeler puppy to stop digging int he garden\.

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  33. Stefanie says:

    I have a sort of different problem with my dog and her anxiety. Ever since she was about 2 months old I have trained her to have her leash and collar put on her always following with a treat. But as she got older she was slowly becoming afraid of the harness and I do not know why!? She is now 5 months old. When it is time to go out for a walk she gets excited and goes to the door and if she doesn’t already have her harness on I will get her harness and walk towards her and she will cower and back away from me and put her tail down. After some time I will convince her to sit still for me to put the harness on for a piece of chicken. But she is still not very relaxed even when I give her the chicken. Once the harness is on I grab the leash and the same thing she cowers and crouches, but she will just sit there for me to clip her leash on her harness. She is very good at walking on her leash and shows signs of enjoyment on her walks. I just do not understand why she is responding this way! I have never made any negative atempts to force her to wear the harness although she acts like she was abused every time I bring out the harness. I wish I could understand what the reason is for this behavior so I could help her over come this anxiety. Please help me help my dog to not have such a stressfull start to every walk. Thanks!
    Stefanie and Ginger (The dog)

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  34. Brenn Killion says:

    I was interested in this article as we have a resued American Bulldog/Neopolitan Mastiff who was previously beaten, abandoned, starved, adopted from my home as I was his foster, attacked by another dog after first adoption, etc, etc. He is extremely fearful of being left alone and especially of new men. It took him 6 weeks to accept my husband. Everything we have previously tried to get him to stop agressively barking at men, hiding, cowering and shaking in the presence of men has not worked. He also has literally eaten my bathroom on one occasion when left alone. He obviously has seperation anxiety as well as fear of men. We will try these ideas, however, I would like more specific trials to perform with people. I cannot really bring in a person and leave them in one spot to start like the vaccuum idea as he would either become aggressively vocal (not actually agressive physically) or he would hide. What is the first step here? Thanks!

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  35. kayla says:

    thanks i have had alot and i mean it but she listening to some of us now. but she still runs off thats the only problem.

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  36. linda udal says:

    My dog is afraid of some household items like his hairbrush, grocery bags and the vacuum. These however do not concern me as much as his fear of other people. If it is not my husband or myself, he will bark and run away.He will come back and try to hide behind us or stick close to us but if the visitor tries to approach him, he will act up again. We have no idea why this is because we didn’t get him until he was 10 months old and he is now a year old.

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  37. Chet,

    Our Minn Pinn is so like many of the stories I have read hear tonight.
    He is so protective ~that my own son ,or neighbors can’t come in.He gets furious and even tried to bite me when i held him back.He is afraid of thunder altho that is some better as my husband takes him on the patio
    when the storms come on purpose and stays with him.He otherwise tucks his tail and finds a place to hide.
    He barks at everything .He runs if he gets loose and it takes hours and
    lots of help from neighbors to catch him !We don’t let him out only in the fenced in back yard !Except when I walk him everyday.
    In fact a lot of the problems I read from others ,describes Sparky too!
    he chews up everything he can find on the floor and outside ,he digs holes all over our yard too !!but he is good finding bugs and he stops them with his paws til we can get them.He will not eat them.
    He also sleeps well ,He goes to his pet cage when i go to bed about 10:30
    and sleeps til 9 or so in the am and never messes in his bed !!He has a special spot to go pee or potty ,he goes on news papers in a corner of our back unused basement ,when he wants to go he goes to the door and tells me by grunting,he always wants me to go with him so I can remove the papers ~~sometimes he goes outside too.

    I have another problem also ,we fed him too much steak and table food ,after we taught him to sit on the rug until we finished eating, and gave him way to much ~~now he is very over weight !

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  38. Ron Yachimec says:

    We have a beautiful 10 month old german/husky cross. She is wonderfully calm and active with the family as well as daily playdates which can be up to 10 or 15 other pups and dogs.
    Garbage day (Mondays) are horrifing to Her. The sound of those trucks lumbering up the road ruins her whole day, Even inside she hears them and will find the quietest spot in the house to hide, She wont eat, cowers and recently would not even play with the dogs in the dogpark just layed there panting and refused to do anything! playing with those dogs is one of her favorite things to do. Other than Monday she shows NO symtoms of this at all. (occationally she will kinda shy from a city bus but it passes quickly). As far as we know there were no early triggers that we can think of. Also its diffcult to inch forward on descensitzing when it’s only on one day and you can’t exactly get the garbage men to co-operate with you as far as not comming into the neighbourhood. We are always calm and do Ignore her and not acknowledge her stress but it seems to be getting slightly worse. she froze on the sidewalk and refused to move for 20 min. No treats or walking forward and commands of heel were as you mentioned completly ignored. what can we do when we cant control the stimulous to ease her into it? Thanks and thanks for the Article.
    Ron Y

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  39. Derith says:

    Chet
    Thank you for your much appreciated training methods, which I have been using for the last eight months to teach Sally, a stray who was found under a hedge by a lady who couldn’t keep her as she already had two dogs.
    She was absolutely petrified when we brought her home.
    At first we couldn’t encourage her to come near us and she would bite if we tried to get hold of her, but the only way to get her to the vets was to corner her and cover her with a blanket.
    She has come on well with clicker training but is now dominating our eleven year old collie dog, Harri, pushing into him and barking every time he moves.
    She has a fear of restraint, especially around the neck (the vet thinks she may have been tied up for long periods of time) and therefore I cannot get a collar or harness on her. I have tried many methods, she will let me pet her and enjoys cuddles, but as soon as the collar/harness is detected she runs away and not

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  40. Derith says:

    Chet
    Thank you for your much appreciated training methods, which I have been using for the last eight months to teach Sally, a stray who was found under a hedge by a lady who couldn’t keep her as she already had two dogs.
    She was absolutely petrified when we brought her home.
    At first we couldn’t encourage her to come near us and she would bite if we tried to get hold of her, but the only way to get her to the vets was to corner her and cover her with a blanket.
    She has come on well with clicker training but is now dominating our eleven year old collie dog, Harri, pushing into him and barking every time he moves.
    She has a fear of restraint, especially around the neck (the vet thinks she may have been tied up for long periods of time) and therefore I cannot get a collar or harness on her. I have tried many methods, she will let us pet her and enjoys cuddles, but as soon as the collar/harness is detected she runs away.
    Can you help, please?
    Derith.

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  41. Doreen Lloyd says:

    Hi Chet,

    Many thanks for your article The Dog anxiety, My chihouhou is 3 years old
    now and unfortunately we sold him to a couple who loved him to bits, but they moved and their next door neighbours bashed him with a base ball bat and split his back open. We were asked to find him another home, but of course we could not because he does not trust people. I have taken him out for walks, but he is continually looking behind and does not like people walking behind him. Also he barks whenever a strange person comes into the home. He has made friends with a few people and that is a real big step forward, but it has taken about 18 months to get this far with him. We have given him lots of love and he trusts us and we can do anything with him, but it is just his continual barking when we have friends come who don’t come very often. We always tell them to ignore him, which they do and we shut him out of the room, and then after about 10 minutes let him back into the room and is only allowed to stay if he is quiet and he is getting to know if he behaves himself then he can stay, but it is that first entry into the house when he just barks and barks because he is not trusting this person. What more can I do.
    thank you for all the help in the articles and such interesting reading I have picked up a lot through your help
    Keep up the good work
    Doreen

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  42. stan says:

    hi, i read your articles, they were quite informative but reading and putting them into action is something else.I’ve actually tried some of the methods given in your article but my german shepherd mixed kelpie,an abandoned dog which i rescued has a morbid fear of cooking gas tongs and fireworks, fire crackers to be precise.Living in a multiracial country like malaysia where festivals are a common affair and fireworks are commonplace too.The best method that lowers her anxiety seem to be to ignore her symptoms.When she sees that we dont care she too seems to care less but unfortunately some members tend to remind her that they dislike fire crackers too and ahe picks up on it.Otherwise she is a perfect dog. A jewel to have around.Anyway thanks for the info it was great reading for pet owners.

    stan

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  43. Saudi Sue says:

    Love the report. My 2 Toy Schnauzers are frightened of everything! They jump at their own shadow when out and even sometimes in the house. They constantly clean each other but I always thought that was their breeding as their father was the same, always grooming himself & the other dogs my friend had. Bruce was savaged by an alsation cross when he was only 7 months old – the dog had nearly the whole of Bruce’s body in his mouth until the owner managing to get him to drop Bruce. Poor Barney (his brother) was traumatised. Both seemed to recover from the experience quite well except they are, even now at 3.5 years old, very wary of big dogs. The only exception is that Bruce is in love with a greyhound – he stands on his hind legs to kiss her (both dogs have been castrated)! Barney will sit on the floor & start shaking for no apparent reason. They go out for 40-60 mins a day (broken down into 2 walks). They are fed dry food (Royal Canine Small Dog Breeds), Pedigree Chum (tinned food), fresh meat (chicken or beef) and fish oil. If I leave them at night, without their anti bark collars on, even for just, say, 30 mins, they will go outside & bark continuously. We live in Saudi Arabia and it is difficult to get doggy products. Help, please!

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  44. Nicola Powell says:

    Hi Chet

    Thanks for another great article.

    Amongst our large family of pets (3 dogs, 3 cats, 7 parrots, 2 snakes, many fish and 3 chickens) we have some issues with our dogs.

    We have a pack of three dogs: 2 Weimaraners (one 7 yr old male/one 6 yr old female) and 1 6 yr old Border Collie – all neutered. The BC is the one we have the fear issues with 🙁 We have had him since he was 6 wks old and, at that point there was him and his sister left when I chose him. Typical BC he is very protective over the family.

    At 6 wks old he was the most confident puppy I had ever known but with us moving house in his early months we seemed to encounter a huge set back with him (this was before the third dog (Weim bitch) entered our pack).

    One day when my husband and I are out the two dogs managed to shut themselves in one of the rooms in the new house. After this event he became difficult to socialise. Was great with the other male dog but showed signs of fear/aggression towards any strange dogs whilst out walking. Since then he is terrified of thunder, the vacuum cleaner, loud noises, rustling shopping bags, raised voices etc. etc. He turns into a shaking wreck and tries to hide behind my legs which seems to be the only place he feels completely safe and secure when he is fearful. He can show aggression to the other two dogs if they enter his space during one of these episodes and, now that we are expecting our first child, we are not sure what else to do in order to help him.

    In the past I know that I have done all the wrong things as it upsets me to see him fearful so I have talked to him, stroked him and cuddled him, not to mention cried my eyes out at the same time. I learned a few years back that this was completely the wrong thing to do so now I try to distract him with his ball when I first see in his body language that he is becoming scared. If it’s too late to distract him with his ball I do my best to completely ignore him and try not to let him lean on me by moving away slightly.

    I am hoping that I am now doing all the right things and, although he is better than he was, he is still a very fearful dog at times. The rest of the time he is a highly intelligent dog who is full of fun and just completely worships me and my husband. He is never aggressive towards us no matter what. You could even take food from his mouth. All our dogs are fed a raw diet and are fed twice per day. Since changing them all to raw they are definitely more calm and love nothing better than to sleep off their meals. They are all exercised (off leash) every day for around an hour where they get to run and swim and play with each other.

    Best Wishes
    Nicola & Fly the Border Collie & friends x

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  45. Bruce says:

    We have a collie/retriever who is a 2 year old rescue dog (described by the vet as a typical Irish farm dog). Background history unknown. He is very affectionate but barks a great deal and gets very excited especially when the postman comes to the door – he can hear him approaching up the road and hurls himself at the door or leaps at the window and does not stop for several minutes.We have been advised to use the clicker method but this like your suggested cure relies on a warning of the impending threat. This is not possible every time, and especially when there is nooone in the house. We have only had him for 6 weeks and hope things will improve but they are getting progressively worse at the moment. Will certainly avoid comforting as you suggest.

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  46. CATHY says:

    I have recently adopted a 1 1/2 year old pomerian from a vet. tec. she is very shy and terified of a least and harness, the problem is we travel a lot and are required to have her on a leash. any sugestions? We also have 4 other dogs 3 poms and 2 chiw. an have no problems. But i got them as puppies.

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  47. I just read your report about Dogs and what they are afraid of. It was very good. I have an 8 year old mix, pomeranian/spitz. She is a beautiful dog and basically is a good dog, gets along well with other dogs, kids and people. She is super sensitive, i.e. if I cry she licks my tears and even if I just cough she comes running to see what is going on. Also, my daughter has a yellow lab and my dog just loves this dog. My dog has taken some of her toys and lays them across the paws of the yellow lab and as much as she loves her treats, she actually took a treat and laid it in front of the yellow lab. I have never seen this happen with any other dog(and I grew up on a farm and had many dogs in my lifetime). Now, the big problem I am having, my husband passed away about a year ago and the dog has become very, very anxious when I leave the house. As soon as I pick up my purse and keys, or put my shoes on, she is already by the door, turning in circles and whinning and barking and actually pulls on my sweater or coat. As soon as I leave though, she stops barking and seems to be okay. When I come home, she always has a toy in her mouth and drops it at my feet. I have tried leaving by another door, going through the garage, putting my purse in the car ahead of time etc., and nothing works. She is not destructive in any way. I have also tried a product, Rescue Remedy Spray and that does not help either. Not sure what else to do.

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  48. Katherine says:

    Hi Chet,

    Thanks so much for your insightful report. From experience I can. Say that ignoring is definitely the way to go.

    I have a labrador male who was taken from mom WAY to early & then was attacked by another dog when he was only 2 months old. Hence he is VERY afraid of other dogs. Walking him is a nightmare. I can definitelt see that his brain shuts down & he is just too strong for me. I tried the halter harness on him but then he nipped me as I was within reach. In his defence he got more of a shock than I did at what he’d done & the remorse and confusion & dispair etc on his face made my heart break. Since then I haven’t taken him out. We have a big yard & aa huskey who is his best friend. They play lots & chase each other around so I think he’s getting enough exercise & he’s happy.

    How would you go aabout decensitizing him to other dogs? Not so easy as a vacuum cleaner. I’d appreciate any suggestions.

    Thanks, Katherine

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  49. Nina McVay says:

    I have a female Boston Terrier, had since she was 10 weeks, she is afraid to
    go across the door of the house, she just shakes, the runs real quick as if
    something will get her. I have never mistreated her in any way, she will mess
    in her pen, she is a good dog. when she is outside with the others she runs and plays just like them, just afraid to go through doors.
    Any suggestions?
    Nina McVay

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    Minette Reply:

    Something scared her at some point, but that is nothing to focus on, because you may never know!

    Desensitize her by doing it all of the time and adding GREAT treats each time she does it. Soon she will be going through doors all the time! Just make it fun and lead her with a treat or her favorite toy, aim for little to no fear response and did I mention HAVE FUN with it!

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  50. Sparky,our little min -pin has the bad habit of barking at anyone who comes and wants to bite some people because he gets furious and you can barly hold on to him,he scratches you too.
    I wonder what is the best way to stop this ???

    He also runs, when he gets something he is not suppose to have,like a nail we dropped, and did not realize it, and we have to chase him down to retreve it.i have to stick my hand in his mouth to get it.
    I am afraid he will get something to hurt him and swollow it.
    He is so fast and we are slow ,it is tiring ,because we have to watch him constantly.
    Thanks for making this possible for us to share our thoughts !

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  51. Dana says:

    My dog is afraid of the groomer. He starts trembling when we walk in the door. He goes to the groomer about 4 times a year. He’s 5 years old. I ignore him and turn him over to the groomer with no fuss but it gets worse each time. Any tips?

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  52. Amy says:

    Here is one that I have never seen. My 1.5 yr old yellow lab mix is scared of everyone except the family. This is a fear that only came along after she had a serious illness last year. We now have to even restrain her at the vet. She use to always love people anyone could pet her and come over now we can’t even have guests at our home without her being locked up. When she hears a voice she doesn’t know she will bark until they leave. What can I do?

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  53. joyce driver says:

    when gracie gets out of house it is almost imposible to get her back in house.

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  54. kera says:

    I got my dog when she was 7 years old. She came from a farm, where she has been a working dog. Bizarrely, she is afraid of other animals and loud noises. She’s very obedient and walks to heal, comes when she’s called and definitely knows that I’m the boss. However, she is very timid with most people, shows sign of fear/agression with dogs, is wary of other animals and quickly covers if I raise a hand/arm too quickly. I can only guess at what trauma she encountered on the farm.

    I’ll definiely try the desensitation technique for the hoover, but would appreciate any tips/tricks for encounters with other dogs. Unfortunately most people say ‘introduce her to my dog, it won’t react’. Of course, it usually does – whether as a defence mechanism from my dog’s growling or whether it just senses she is weaker – and it ends up with teeth and fur flying, reinforcing my dog’s fear and defence attitude.

    Any help would be gratefully accepted.

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  55. Pok Taberski says:

    That last comment by me (NYGal) was NOT ME! Something is definitely wrong with the website comment function.

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  56. Connie says:

    Hi there. Well my dog is 10 monthes olds. He is paper trained. What or how do I train him to go outside when he needs to go for his needs?

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