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  1. Angela Smith says:

    My dog is fearful to the point of aggression towards people and dogs, especially out in the street, once people are in our yard and we have told them to ignore her she is fine. Success to me would be our dog being relaxed on her walk, not worried about every dog or human she sees, and being able to take her more places with us.

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    Alyson Reply:

    That’s almost exactly the same situation I have with my dog. I don’t know if it’s fear or protectiveness that makes her react so aggressively, but it’s a big problem, and very sad. My dog is twelve years old and has only let about 15 people ever pet her. Additionally, she is absolutely terrified at the vet, and it sometimes makes treating her difficult.
    She’s a wonderful, smart, loving dog, and I desperately want her to have some carefree years in her lifetime!!!

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    JoanM Reply:

    If I wrote it myself I ould have written the same thing.If someone goes to pet her she goes to bit them. Even when they are dog lovers and get down to her level. She is a silky weaton terrier rescued from a foster home with no information about her. When the door bell rings she starts to bark. I can make her sit and stay while I open the door for the UPS man. Everyone is afraid of her and I won’t let anyone pet her. The vet gave me tranquilizers to give before bringing her in. The last time she was muzzled.I don’t want to give her up but I might hve to. I can’t even take a vacation.

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    Mimi Reply:

    Amen to that

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    Mary Hallowell Reply:

    A dog that is acting out of control (yes, aggressive fear is out of control) need to be shown it is not the leader or protector of you or family. A sharp correction or quick tug on the lead with a NO or what ever noise you prefer and keep walking giving the dog a GOOD when it comes along is needed. You need to relax also as the dog is probably reacting to your tension. Breath and walk on without freezing up.

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    Karen Netzer Reply:

    Tried all of that and it just makes him bark and bolt more!

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    Minette Reply:

    We are assembling a program that will start from ground one and work up. It won’t be fast but it will be well rounded.

    Jill Wallis Reply:

    This describes my dog exactly and the success I would like. I know that my dog is worse when she is on the lead but I we live in the city and I don’t trust her yet not to run in the road.

    I read the email about the dog being scared about going out at night. My dog is much more relaxed when out at night even when there are a lot of people around.

    Regards.

    Jill

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    Andrew Reply:

    Our 7month old shish tzu Afraid of remote controle cars and the pool and toys

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    tim Reply:

    Our 9 month old golden doodle has slipped on our wooden stairs many times. She has always been fearful of climbing them and the other day she went upstairs by my wife’s home office and wouldn’t come down. I had to carry her finally. The last 2 days she won’t climb down the stairs to my office.

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    Andrew Reply:

    Our 7month old shush you Afraid of remote controle cars

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    Maureen Reply:

    This is exactly what I am going through with my 18month old dog.

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    Kate Reply:

    That is the exact same problem I am having with my 2 year old German Shepherd! He gets very anxious to the point of aggression when he sees other dogs.He will also react that way to people at a distance, although when the humans get close to him he’s fine.

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    Cindy Reply:

    My dog is also reactive on leash, but with other dogs that approach him – even friendly dogs. He also reacts to unfamiliar people who try to pet him (and since he looks like a very petable dog people do want to pet him!) He is so sweet and really an easy dog but any new situation puts in a very fearful mode. I have tried “calming” techniques, used training techniques (watching my eyes) all of which works but only when he isn’t in his fearful state. And frequently he gets into that state in a second, with little to no warning. Thanks for the help

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    macen Reply:

    make your dog see that you are not threatened by every person or dog like bring a few friends over and show your dog their not going to hert you.
    love, macen

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  2. Maddison says:

    Here’s one I bet you’ve never heard before.

    My chihuahua is afraid of buzzing insects. Once we were outside in our field and a horsefly incessantly chased her and bit at her ears (she’s 3 lbs and the horsefly was bigger than her eye.) It “chased” her across the field and almost back into the house, and she stumbled and rolled over on herself in her terror to get back inside. She couldn’t get away.

    This concerns me because now whenever she senses a buzzing insect near her head, she just bolts. This is an unsafe behavior for her to have, and I can’t “snap her out of it” once she’s panicked and running.

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  3. Janice Akam says:

    I have two Siberian Huskies. We purchased Tasha at 8 weeks of age and she is now 18 months old. We took her to Canine Behavior Training when she was 6 months old. She rings a bell when she wants to go outside to go potty. She has been socialized since she was very little as we visited her each week just after she was born.

    We were given another Siberian Husky from the same breeder named Daisy. We’ve had her fortwo months. She is 7 years old and was used as a breeder being raised outside. She has adapted well to our home and howls when she wants to go outside. She has learned to sit and will sometimes even ring the bell when she wants to go outside, (she’s learned this quickly).

    I’m working with Daisy to sit before I give her a treat. Tasha sits really well and will wait for her treat. Daisy seems very nervous and will come close to me, but tends to pace and wants me to throw her a treat. She doesn’t want to sit to wait for it. She will take it from my hand, but I can tell she has trust issues. I don’t think it’s fear. I would imagine she was sometimes fed with other dogs. She’s definitely nervous during feeding. I’m working with her to sit before I provide the food bowl to her, but have been unsuccessful in getting her to sit. She just runs the other direction. She will pace back and forth. I want to build trust with her and praise her when she does sit (before going outside), etc. My plan is to continue to train using positive commands and rewards when she complies. Daisy comes from a
    kind breeder who socialized her. She will be spade on Dec. 30th. I think this will her be less skiddish. The passing of time will also help her as she gains trust in her new environment.

    If you want to address this issue, it would be appreciated.

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  4. Linda says:

    My dog is scared to climb stairs and will only go up the ones that are on the inside of my house and have a landing mid way.

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  5. cj johnson says:

    My 2 year old mini schnauzer just barks uncontrolled when she is afraid of something to the point she tunes me out.

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    Nancy Adams Reply:

    I have a 2 yr. old mini Schnauzer. He is a afraid/fearful? of other people. I am a single lady, and no he hasn’t been socialized as much as he should.
    He is a very loving, beautiful dog but…he even goes behind my daughter /and anyone else to nip the back of their legs. He is not sneaky about in. I really don’t know how to correct this. Have 3 Great grandchildren moving in next door. There presents a problem.
    Thank You

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  6. Deloren Corbett says:

    My Great Dane is afraid of the car. She will not go out of the house except on a leash if she thinks we are going in the car.

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  7. Gustavo says:

    Mi dog is terrified of fireworks and lawn moers it makes her go running to my grandpareents and since she is so big im afraid she will make one of them fall down.

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  8. Juliette Parker says:

    I have a 14 week old output who is fearful to the point of biting everyone, even me when ever there is a loud noise or someone comes into the house or someone moves to quicklyaround her. Please help asap

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  9. My biggest fear is that my dog won’t go downstairs when he’s outside if he hears noises. He will try to come back inside. If I try to keep him outside just to see what he will do, he just sits there outside the door.

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  10. Kim says:

    I’m sure this is a common one…my puppy 9 weeks old is already afraid of the vacuum. We turned it on (nowhere near him) once and now if he sees it he bee lines as far as he can get. This morning while I was blowing my hair dry he did the same thing. I don’t want this to be a lifelong issue so I’d love advice on how to nip it in the bud now. Thanks!

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  11. David Gore says:

    My Border Collie, Suzie, 2 1/2 yr old, female…
    She dies not like Car headlights – walks at night can be a nightmare if I don’t plan the route carefully – if we end up on a narrow path and we are facing traffic she will stalk oncoming headlights – to the extent that once she becomes fixated on them she will lunge at the car as it passes….

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  12. Penny Tinsley says:

    My chocolate lab is terrified of the vet’s office. I have to carry her in. She is afraid to the point she gets aggressive with anyone but my husband or me until she gets in and then she does her best to hide under anything she can find.

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  13. RUBY says:

    My dog is afraid of the vacuum. He is terrified of the noise!

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  14. michelle says:

    My german shepherd has a terrible fear of lawn mowers and four wheelers. she is in an outdoor kennel at all times, if she were loose she would attack it with a person riding it. we have tried walking around it with her on leash, not running. the minute we start it up, she barks constantly in a very agressive manner. we feel we can’t trust her. have tried being out in the yard with her and everything is calm, when a motor starts up and she sees the equipment moving, she will try to get at it, even with a oprong collar on. barking constant. I wish there were a good way to train her to stop this behavior, we have tried shock collar, anti bark collar, walking stimulus, her barking will eventually get us in trouble I think.

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  15. Debbie says:

    My dog is afraid of children. If we are walking, I have to cross the street to get a safe distance away before he will continue down the street. I am afraid if a child approaches him he will be so scared he gets aggressive. If the child is sitting quietly, he is not afraid. Once he meets the child while the child is sitting he is no longer afraid. He cannot deal with more than one child at a time.

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  16. Millie is a 27# rescue mix of Terrier, wire hair, may be bull dog, and some large breed. (double dew claws on back feet)
    She can hear a gun, load noise, thunder and we are going in or back to the house under the desk. She shakes and gets so upset that sometimes the vet says to give her a pill to chill out.

    She won’t go back out till she smells the air….

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    Faye Vincent Reply:

    My 2 and half yr old golden retriever is afraid of fireworks, thunder. but most importantly she is inconsolable when my husband uses his air nail gun in the garage or anywhere around our house. she wants to get up in your lap and hide under the desk but just will not settle down even with reassuring voice tones and petting. I have tried hugging with light pressure, distraction and firm commands but nothing will calm her down.

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  17. Marisa says:

    My dog is afraid of chainsaw noise. She’s fine when it is us running the saw…she’s right next to us. But if the noise is off in the distance, she runs around whining, frantic, and trying to find a safe, dark ‘hole’ she can hide in. I am not sure how to solve that problem. It started with a chainsaw and not its morphed into any noise that sounds similar at a distance (lawnmower, weed eater, 4wheeler, etc).

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  18. Khalil says:

    My friend had a dog who is afraid of vehicles. The rotweiler puppy gets her feet tangled in the leash when she walks on the road in my community.

    I have a dog which fears clappers and thunder.

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  19. Jane Morley says:

    My dog is afraid of gun shots and lightening to the point of running for miles into traffic or whatever.

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  20. Lori says:

    Hi
    I had a golden retriever for ten years and she was insanely fearful. Loud noises, thunder etc. Once, she was in her crate and we had blankets over it so she could “hide”. She broke her canines off while she was in there. When left alone in the house she would be another Marley (Marley and me). Finally at our wits end we put her down. I will probably regret that the rest of my life. Now I have a german shepherd and while not as ridiculous, she is afraid of loud noises. I know more now than I did then but I need to know more.

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  21. Penny Tinsley says:

    My chocolate lab is terribly afraid of the vet’s office. To the point of being aggressive. We have to carry her in and at 69 pounds, that is a lot of fear. She then hides under anything that she can find.

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  22. Lesley says:

    My Dasey (10 year old Chihuahua) is TERRIFIED of thunder. I don’t recall her having such a strong reactionto it when we first brought her home(she was 3 when we rescued her) but now she tries to dig into the floor to get away from it.

    I usually put her in her kennel, place it in the powder room in the center of the house, and cover her with a blanket. Then she pushes her comfy blanket to the from of the kennel to cover the door.

    We had a horrific thunder storm back in CA a few years ago, it even scared me, and since then she is just incomsolable starting with the second clap of thunder!

    I cannot stand to see her afraid. If I hold her she just trembles and tries to get away.

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  23. Opal says:

    My dog Pete, is definitley afraid of the vacuum cleaner. He shies away, and will rush at it trying to bite it, which is clearly unsafe because the vacuum is being pulled back and forth, along with the feet near it. He is a Jack Russell Chihuhua mix, and is not very big. He is also terrified of feet stomping, we are assuming this is because of his abusive past.

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  24. Jenny says:

    My older dog is terrified of my two new puppies to the point of aggression when they are round him – he is separated from them by a gate when he is not muzzled and if they come near the gate he backs away from it.
    He shows the same fear/agression when out of the street and has to be constantly muzzled for everyones protection when out (hes weighs in at about 65kg so theres no taking any chances).

    To be able to let him run around the puppies would make life so much easier for everyone.

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  25. Kathy says:

    My dog is fearful of children and strangers. He is very protective of me and when I take him out he starts to bark if he encounters a new person.

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  26. Todd Hammill says:

    I have 2 boxers that each have their own fears. The male is 3 years old and he is afraid of gates, empty boxes, pretty much anything that wasn’t there yesterday.

    The female is 18 months and she has always been afraid of strangers. Won’t go near anyone new. After a few visits she warms up to them. No signs of aggression, just avoidance.

    Both are very protective of their living space in that they bark a lot at anyone and anything by the fence or deck.

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  27. janet amighi says:

    Cicero has separation anxiety. He gets depressed if he is left for one minute as I go out the door and come in again or tie him up and leave him to walk across the dog club room in plain sight. He won’t eat, whines or just becomes very still when he is alone. When he is released, he is frantic. He doesn’t destroy anything so he is not classed as having high levels of separation anxiety, but it seems to me that he is suffering inside.

    I have tried desensitization, but since he gets upset with very small amounts of separation it has been very hard. I have listened to tons of tapes on separation anxiety but all seem to say the same thing, slow desensitization. Obviously either that doesn’t work or I am not doing it right.

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  28. Jenny says:

    My 10yo rescued greyhound, Alice, has developed a fear of going outside at night. She has a dog door and happily goes in and out during the day and evening when needed, but at night she won’t go out and wees (and sometimes poohs)inside. She knows it’s wrong because in the morning when I discover the spot she takes off outside.
    I put her out each evening before I go to bed and usually she will do a wee then come inside but occasionally something will spook her and she just refuses and goes inside.
    I’ve had her for 3 and a half years so she’s well settled here. I live on small acreage and I think this started about 6 months ago when a fox came and took my chickens. She is well and no health problems

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    Jamison Kaufman Reply:

    My rescued poodle/King Charles spaniel is CRAZED when I come home every day and acts like she was never going to see me again. She is jumping and whining and pushing all the other dogs away until she gets next to me, gets my attention and constant petting for the first few minutes I’m home….????

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  29. Lesley says:

    My chihuahua, Daisy is absolutely TERRIFIED of thunder.

    The first clap of thunder alerts her and the second one makes her start looking for a place to dig into the floor.

    Holding her doesn’t help, she just trembles and tries to get way. So I cover her kennel with a blanket and put her in the powder room in the center of the house with the door closed.

    She is a rescue and I hate to see her afraid.

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    Minette Reply:

    For All of you suffering from THUNDERSTORM PHOBIAS read This!!! It will help but thunderstorms are different than other phobias because they sometimes come with pain and it is harder to desensitize because we aren’t always home. http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/nix-dealt-fourth-july-thunderstorms/

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  30. Jean says:

    My dog has separation anxiety. She is fine sleeping in her kennel at night but I believe that is because I am right next to her. When we leave her for any amount of time during the day in her kennel, I think she is trying to get out the whole time we are gone. Please HELP!

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  31. Maria Maguire says:

    I hand reared two of my dogs and they hate anyone except us and show aggression to visitors and even has bit the postman they are beautiful dogs
    I really need help
    thanks for your time
    maria maguire

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  32. Den Socling says:

    Hi Chet,

    Our problem is not fear. It’s lack of fear. Yelling “NO!” has no effect on our one year old Cockapoo. If you swing a rolled up newspaper at his butt for grabbing your pant cuffs, he thinks it a great game and goes wild. I’ve never hit him and I don’t plan to start but his lack of discipline is getting to be a real problem. BTW he is very loving. If I’m sitting, he lays his head on my feet. He lays on my lap and watches TV. And I mean watches. The other day we watched the movie Gravity and he sat on the couch and stared at the TV during the entire movie. Anyway, what do we do with our Kona?

    Den

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  33. Jenny says:

    My dog is frightened of thunder and storms. He starts panting and does not stop until the storm passes. He trembles the whole time as well. My friend’s dog is also frightened of thunder and paces the whole time, to the point of exhaustion.

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  34. Lesley says:

    My chihuahua, Daisy, is absolutely TERRIFIED of thunder.

    The first clap of thunder alerts her and the second one makes her start looking for a place to dig into the floor.

    Holding her doesn’t help, she just trembles and tries to get way. So I cover her kennel with a blanket and put her in the powder room in the center of the house with the door closed.

    She is a rescue and I hate to see her afraid.

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  35. Carolyn Franklin says:

    Our 2 year old chihuahua has started to shake and pant everyone we turn on our big screen tv. She watches it as well. She usually would just sit in her comfy on the couch with us, cuddle or fall asleep. So, those are the behaviors we would like to see in her again. We have had to turn it off multiple times during any one program, just to calm her down. We have lost our evening now for two weeks. Thank you.

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  36. sara gray says:

    When we first rescued our almost year-old dog, he bonded with me but was fearful of my husband. A year and a half later with much work Tucker got much better and stopped being so fearful; however, now he seems to be reverting to leaving the room when my husband enters, moving away from his food when my husband is near him, etc. Of course this breaks my husbands heart. He feeds him almost all the time and he plays with him and comes galloping when he calls. I am wondering if he just looks up to him as an alpha. Also when there is a clap of thunder, he likes to be near my husband. Go figure!

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  37. myron jones says:

    my dog is afraid of people,also cars traffic. when he is inside the fence nothing scare him.

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  38. Angela says:

    My 3 yr old pom/bichon cross is afraid of everything that moves, except people. She loves people. But her weirdest fear is of the ironing board and the iron. As soon as I touch the ironing board she attacks it like it was her mortal enemy. When the iron steams or when I pour out the steaming water she goes absolutely berserk. She’s had no history of being burnt or even getting close to steam or heat. Any advice would be appreciated.

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  39. Carmen says:

    Thunder! Very common, I know. I thought my Shih Tzu mix was immune. She was fine while a puppy, but after we took a walk this last 4th of July around her 1st birthday, she was so scared she couldn’t even walk. She suddenly became terrified of thunder too (and firecrackers, but that normally only happens once a year). As soon as it starts to rain, she starts trembling like a leaf and stares out the sliding glass door just waiting for the thunder to come. When it does, she trembles harder and tries to hide behind us, and climbs all over us (I know, we let her, but she looks so miserable). Then goes back to waiting for the next roll. She can do this all day and all night … and we live in Florida so summers are torture for her.

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  40. Lynette Benham says:

    We rescued as Eskie from a puppy mill. She is 6 and was used as a breeder (female). She apparently had never been around people or outside and we think she spent a lot of time in a crate. We have had her just over 3 months. She lives in our bathroom because it is the smallest room in the house. She got the concept of going potty outside quickly because she is very smart, but she doesn’t like outside, so my husband has to carry her out 4 times a day to do her business. She will walk back into the house on her own. If I try to hold her on my lap in the living room she will quickly bolt back to the bathroom. She occasionally sneaks out of the bathroom to raid the cat’s food, but then she goes right back to the bathroom. (The cat also goes into the bathroom to raid her food, so that’s even.)

    Basically she is scared of everything. She probably was yelled at a lot and perhaps beaten. She has a lot of courage because she managed to walk by an unfamiliar car in our driveway but she was shaking so hard, her nose was moving an inch side to side. I know it is going to take time and she is slowly improving, but any suggestions to help her would be appreciated.

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  41. Rafaela Abernathy says:

    My dog was bitten twice within 2 years.She is very passive towards other dogs.I don’t want her to be a mean or aggressive dog,but I don’t want her to be afraid and get bitten again.

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  42. Suzanne Rios says:

    My dog is afraid of fire works, thunder, and booming noises in general. He will do anything to hide from any of this. He is so scared he can’t even move or he tries to run under something.

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  43. Julie says:

    My 15 month old GSD hates other dogs. When we walked her when she was younger, we would always come across an off lead dog that would bark wildly and engage her. Now when she sees or hears a dog (even at 100 ft), her withers go up and she barks deeply (aggressive like). It would also startle me, but since then I have learned to keep my own composure in these situations. One trainer says my dog is fearful of other dogs. All trainers say to train at a distance, but even at 100 feet away she goes off.

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  44. eunice says:

    I HAVE FOUR RESCUED DOGS. CHIHUAHUAS. ONE IS AFRAID OF ANY MAN THAT COMES THRU THE DOOR. ONE BARKS CONSTANTLY. ONE HAS SEPARATION ANXIETY FROM ME. I CANNOT FEED THE BIGGEST ONE AROUND THE OTHERS OR SHE GETS VERY AGGRESIVE TOWARDS THEM. SEVERAL DOGS, SEVERAL PROBLEMS, BUT ONLY ONE OF ME. I NEED HELP.

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  45. Ema says:

    We have a rescue dog who adopted us 1 1/2 years ago. He is fearful of us coming toward him – runs in the opposite direction (inside the house even though we may be coming to play) and is fearful of riding in cars – shakes until I think it will make him sick. When we get home, he’s happy and calm again – in my mind – I think his fear stems from not coming back to the house… but that’s putting human rationale onto a non-human.

    Hurts my heart.

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  46. Diane Parkin says:

    My fox hound grew way beyond his “normaL’ size and is a healthy 110 lbs. He is very lovable – and sometimes way too friendly with other people. He jumps and barks ferociously when anyone approaches our door. Then he jumps all over them and tries to lick them to death. He never nips or bites anyone and is extremely patient and gentle with babies and small children. However, he frightens lots of people just trying to be protective of the house and then wanting to be everyone’s best buddy. I would love it if he were not so aggressive to everyone who approaches our house and then not so loving to anyone who visits. By the way he is a big slobberer too, but I don’t think you can fix that problem. I really do need help because I am afraid he will hurt someone by inadvertently knocking them over.

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  47. Deb says:

    My dog,Bob, a Havanese, has really bad separation anxiety. It’s so bad, that he has to be able to see my face even when I pee or poop. It’s just the two of us and he is crate trained. It’s his only ‘problem’ and I feel so bad for him. I don’t like him getting all worked up. He loses his mind barking and getting all upset. Can you help us? He’s my best Bud, but I can’t take him every where that I go!

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  48. Gene Adams says:

    My dog is absolutely terrified of thunder. She is a stray that I took in as a young dog (probably on the order of 6-8 months old), so don’t know anything about her early life. Nothing will assuage her if it thunders, no matter how distant the thunder is. She becomes terrified even before the thunder begins. If there are high winds and rain is coming, she senses it and tries to cram herself into the smallest opening she can find (50-60 lb. dog). She pants heavily and gets so worked up that I am concerned that she might suffer a heart attack one day.

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  49. Ron DiNatale says:

    My 11 month old Lab mix is afraid of anything that makes noise and anything new.

    The shaking of a plastic bag the sudden movement of chair on the wooden floor or somebody dropping something causes her to run and hide.

    I purchased a new chair for my wife and now my puppy barks at it and won’t go near it. My daughter put up a new pposter in her room and the puppy barks at it and is afraid to go in her room. She took the poster down and everything was fine. I had 5 yards of topsoil delivered and she spends much of her time barking at it. I have tried to put her on a leash and take her up to the topsoil but she goes into panic mode when ever she gets near it.

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  50. Beth says:

    My dog is 1 1/2 years old. Prior to a few months ago, she rode in the car without any problem. Now she shakes in fear the whole ride and tries to run off when it’s time to get back in the car to go home. Not sure what happened. Have had someone hold her and she keeps her head hidden under their arm. Would like to take her to family gatherings, but don’t want her to hate the ride.

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  51. Susan says:

    My springer spaniel has suddenly become frightened of my 21 year old son. He may have teased her too much at one time and now she hides whenever he is around. He tries to play with her but she won’t come close to him.

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  52. Tina says:

    My long haired Chihuahua “Jackjack” is scared of: (when I say scared, I mean he–shakes, barks, growls, and snaps or bites).

    1) People visiting the house
    2) People at the door/when the doorbell rings
    3) Vacuum cleaners
    4) US–sometimes!
    5) Cars
    6) Other dogs

    He doesn’t like it when we come near his food, remove him from his favorite spot on the couch or bed, or pick him up when he doesn’t want us to. (Cat?!)

    He is very lovable other times…but there are MAJOR issues going on here and I think they are ALL fear based!

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  53. Karen says:

    My 5 month old Dalmatian pup is afraid of ANYTHING new! We try to introduce him to lots of experiences, and he is often OK the second time around, but invariably panics the first time.

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  54. Maarit Rinne says:

    Since my bitch has been fixed she is afraid of fireworks, lightning, and disturbances in electricity with any ‘klicking’ noices. She shakes like crazy. I try not to make any fuss, but still, she keeps looking around with huge eyes!!!

    She is a little timid, but nothing like this before the operation.

    Maarit

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  55. Bob Marisette says:

    My 3 y/o Border Collie was very fearful of unknown people and dogs during our walks when I rescued her initially. She has socialized much better the last couple of months and I believe will get better in time. Her fear that I can do nothing about is loud noises… such as fireworks or thunder. She will run into the bathroom and squeeze between the toilet and tub and just shiver. No amount of coaxing will bring her out until some period of time after the noise stops. Success would be for her to either come to me when the noise starts and I can comfort her, or at least my having the ability to coax her out to be comforted.

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  56. Mary Davidson says:

    My standard poodle’s greatest fear is of new people. He never growls, is not aggressive. He just drops his tail and wants to go behind me–like a shy child might.

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  57. Char says:

    My eight y.o. Golden is afraid of thunder and fireworks (especially those that go BOOM!). He shakes like a leaf; and will bark until we are with him. Once we are with him, he jumps on us for comfort if we’re sitting on the couch. For a 53 lb. dog, he’s pretty big to be a lap dog.

    A thunder shirt doesn’t really help and tranquilizers take a while to kick in.

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  58. Bev says:

    My dog is terrified to ride in a car. By the time we get to where are going we all need Valium.

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  59. Suzanne says:

    My ten month old rough collie girl is terrified of smooth or tiled floors. I think it is because she once slipped on the kitchen tiles when her feet were wet. I have tried tempting her with treats, but even her favourite treats are ignored. And if she is forced onto a tiled floors she lies down and becomes distressed.
    Any ideas?

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  60. Marsha Osterbur says:

    We recently installed a wireless fence (our 6-month old Lab mix had been a recent flight risk) and now she’s afraid of going outside – period. So far, so good, still house broken, but I worry that could change in a heartbeat. I take her out and walk her around the clearly marked boundaries(with treats), but she’s so frightened, she can’t make it completely around the house. Any better ideas?

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  61. Katy D says:

    My dog Lily has been afraid of most men since we rescued her, but she is terrified of my husband (or she hates him. He trys his best to assure her that she is good girl and he will not hurt her, but she still barks and growls at him when he gets up from his chair or walks down the hall. When we first got her (she was 4 yrs old) he was trying to bring her inside after being outside and he fell and he thinks that is why she is so afraid of him. It has been a year. Who says dogs have a short memory.

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  62. Peggy says:

    Benny is a Shiba Inu and is afraid of most everything:) In particular, any loud noises like the neighbor working on his truck and revving the engine, gunshots (we live in the country where people target practice and hunt) and thunder during storms. He’s very friendly to people and gets along well with other dogs but noises are really tough for him.

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  63. Terry Graydon says:

    My puppy was crated from Arkansas to Seattle. When she arrived she was very shaken. I found that when she travelled in the car, in a crate, she would be sick or do her business. I removed the crate and that stopped the sickness and pooping. She still shows signs of stress (excessive drooling). This has now escalated to when she sees the leash, whether for a walk or a car ride she finds a place to hide. things are definitely going in the wrong direction. She is not happy if I leave her at home (howls at the door the whole time I am gone). Aside from perseverance I’m not sure I have an answer to help her.

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  64. Eileen says:

    My dog is fearful of other dogs that are bigger than she is (my dog is a Lab)

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  65. Millie H says:

    I have a 14 yr old Bassett girl and an 11 yr old mix of Schnauzer/Husky girl. Both are terrified of loud storms; thunder; etc.
    I have ‘thunder vests’ for them and then pray I am home when it storms so I can put the vests on my fur babies.
    Any other ideas for me? thanks—-

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  66. Rocky says:

    I have an 11 year old Schnauzer that has decided she is afraid of the kitchen floor and coming in her doggie door. This is new this year. Regarding the doggie door, she will go out, but will not come back in….she will bark at the door until someone comes home to let her in. I’m afraid that she will get outside during the cold and will be afraid to come in when we are not at home. The kitchen floor situation is difficult as her water and her food, along with the other dogs dishes, are across the floor. She’ll go to the water and food…but won’t come back. In both situations she shakes and whines.

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  67. Marcia Hayse says:

    My dog is terrified of thunder and shakes when any rain falls at all. If possible she will hide in the house.

    The most important thing is her aggression with any other dogs. It is difficult to walk her or take her to the pet store, vet, etc.

    In her case it is a fear/aggression. She seems fine with people but fears other dogs, even some smaller than she.

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  68. Barbara says:

    My 4 yo part Chihuahua/part JR terrier is terrified of strangers, even in his own home. He is OK with people he knows, but he will begin shaking/quivering and attempt to hide behind me when unknown people try to approach him or be nice to him. Even when I take him to the dog park for play, he seems to shy away from other dogs. I have had him since he was 3 mo. old, and he came from a home environment raised by a caring man who knows dogs (was never hit or beaten). I have tried socializing him a lot. He has been in 2 dog training classes where he was OK with the other participants after the first session. I would be so happy if he would be more accepting of others so I could travel more easily with him (by air, hopefully) and not have to deal with a panicky dog.

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  69. Diane says:

    I have a dog showing fear in the show ring, especially when a male Judge stands and stares fixedly at her before he examines her. She is happy outside the ring and loves people but as we walk thru the entrance she starts to freak, and gets worse the longer the judge stares at her, then it’s very difficult for him to examine her as she’s fighting to get away. Success would be for her to stand calmly while she’s being looked at and calmly when being examined and if possible maybe wag her tail for the judge.

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  70. Liz says:

    One of my two English Springer Spaniels developed a fear of loud noise when he was about 4y.o. I’m not sure if something frightened him while I was out (he used to jump the front fence and take himself walkies until I found out and had the fence re-done), but he is now at 7y.o. terrified of nail guns, hammering, loud banging and is also terrified of thunder (some very sleepless nights). If we are doing any work around the property involving bashing/hammering things he runs away and hides. I don’t know why this fear developed and while he hasn’t gotten worse, I would love to see him less stressed when these things are happening.

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  71. Karin P says:

    My 11/2 year old shepherd is afraid of unfamiliar people, especially if they come into my house. She’s better on neutral territory but does not like anyone approaching her .She is extremely afraid at the vet.

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  72. judy mccall says:

    My 6yr old Rottweiler is either fearful of bikes, wheelchairs, anything moving or nuts. I only walk him after midnight to limit the chance of seeing one. Also joggers.

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  73. Sandra Jacobs says:

    My two year old Yorkie is afraid of the ironing board and rolling chairs. Also people. I have tried to help his socialization issues but I feel like I am punishing him even more. I could handle the vacuum issues and the rolling chair but would like people to be able to come over.

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  74. Karin P says:

    I adopted a 1 1/2 year old GSD a few months ago. She is afraid of most new things, especially people and animals. She hates company- friends especially but does not seem to repair guys as much. She is better on neutral territory

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  75. Tami Harrell says:

    My dog is fearful of men and strangers. She barks incessantly and acts aggressively at times. I would love for her to be able to be guarded until she gets to know someone without the fear or aggression.

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  76. Mark says:

    My dog is fearful of other larger dogs that we may encounter on our walks. She will literally jump into my arms if a larger dog is aggressive toward her.

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  77. Dave C says:

    I have a 2.5 year old shelty. And for some reason doesnt want to go outside. But once he is past the curb line he is fine.he wants nothing to do with our yard anymore. And as far as I know he hasnt been attacked by anything.

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  78. Linda says:

    What Carmen said! Ours is our 12 1/2 year old Lab, Owen, who suddenly one night when he was about 4, climbed up on our laps during a storm. He got more and more afraid over the years and had no way to calm himself–he literally seemed to try to climb inside of us. He was 100% in “fight or flight” mode. We’ve tried EVERYTHING–ignoring him (impossible); the Thundershirt (he’s afraid of it); very extensive and expensive assessment and training with a Veterinary Behaviorist; drugs, (he has a paradoxical reaction to sedatives, and other unmentionable side effects), etc.

    We’ve finally found that Trazodone can help if given way ahead. We’ve become quite the meteorologists… Things are easing up a bit now that his hearing isn’t as good, but he trembles a soon as it starts to rain. Poor boy, so scared and poor us sometimes gouged and bruised and terrified of thunder & fireworks too!

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  79. My White Shepherd is dog-reactive where she barks and lunges at the end of the leash when she sees another dog. I try to be vigilant and watch for other dogs, but it is due to her being charged by a neighbor’s (loose) dog when she was a puppy, and has generalized it to pretty much all dogs. She is ok off-leash, it usually just happens on-leash.

    Another thing that I am not sure is a fear behavior, but she chases lights (reflections on the ceiling from watches, etc.) almost to the point of obsessions.

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  80. Katrina says:

    I have a 2 yr old german Sheperd afraid of thunder& yes I have tried the thunder shirt, beating heart beat harness, all natural calming solution, redirecting her w/ her favorite things, the only thing that keeps her calm is creating her

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  81. Rich Peters says:

    My dog cows down and will not move if something is over his head, such as a overhead fan, rain, or snow. Pees on the patio when raining.

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  82. mary says:

    I have 4 rescues Babies, 2 Shih Tzu’s and 2 Maltese’s. Two of them do well, however my one Shih Tzu is terrified of the dark, the rain, and thunder. I do ever thing to comfort her, to no avail. The other Shih Tzu runs in circles when she is stressed and there is nothing you can do to get her settled down. Someone told me she may have been kept in a small cage and running in circles was all she knew.

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  83. Linda says:

    We have rescued a 2 1/2 yr old flat coated retriever and she is fearful of water (so she won’t go kayaking with us in the summer)
    She also is fearful of people but not fearful of other dogs.

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  84. Carol says:

    I have two dogs with two different fears.
    Brandy is three and is afraid of travel. Shakes for a good hundred miles. We use a thunder shirt but she still shakes. The vet said to put her in a crate but then she frothes. She is also afraid of noises.

    Sherry is afraid of other dogs except her sister. She barks and growls at them. Unfortunately like her sister she is all of four pounds.

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  85. Rebecca says:

    Our 8 month pup, from the first time he heard the vacuum at 8 weeks old, ran in the corner and pee’d. Now any loud noises or movements such as shovelling snow, sweeping with a broom or mopping the floor. He growls, barks and attacks the object. Frustrating to try to get these type of chores done. Our 7 month old pup is picking this same action up from him. Thx for listening. Cheers Rebecca

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  86. Janice Moss says:

    We’ve had Max, a Great Pyrenees, since he was 10wks. and he’s now 13mos. He has been fearful to the point of paranoia since we brought him home. I got him on site where his parents are goat herd dogs, so it was in a country setting. He has a big back yard but he is afraid of all people except me; he and my husband aren’t friends, although he looks curious at him when he is nearby, but he won’t take food from him. He is afraid of
    all noises, expecially shrill noises, to the extent that he jumped our fence on either side to “get away”. Now he usually hids behind a corner shed that he has really outgrown, but manages to get to. He is not aggressive when on walks but has bolted several times, and a couple times I got hurt from not being alert to his behavior when talking to people we meet. He won’t leave the yard easily in the daytime; we have to plan a departure if he has to go to the vet or otherwise want him in the car. He does now jump in the back of the SUV if we can get him that far. I have to bribe him to come in at night (he is a barker and has kept us and the neighbors up with his incessant barking. I guess that’s one way he thinks he has authority, to be the neighborhood watchdog. He is a beautiful boy and loves me but is so strong that I have to be careful not to be hurt when we’re at play. Also, he jumps on me and I’ve been unsuccessful to train him not to. He sits, lays, and shakes on command, but won’t “stay”. It’s been a stressful time of nearly a year, not like I envisioned of having a dog after retirement when I have the time to spend with him.
    Also he is afraid of birds (a crow seems to pick on him) and was afraid of airplanes but I talked to him about them being “gone” soon so now he doesn’t pay much attention to them. Obviously he isn’t aware of his size that he is much bigger than most of his imagined fears. (He’s just over 100 pounds now and seems to still be growing. His papa was 130 at 2yrs. old.

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  87. Trish says:

    My Beagle/Golden Retriever is afraid of the thunderstorms, fireworks, and any loud noises, but she is also a very nervous dog who still barks at my husband when he comes into the same room I am in, even though she follows him out of the room and comes when he calls her. If a stranger comes in she has a nervous bark, too. We have 3 dogs and when the other two are playing she scolds them with her bark and searches for paper to eat. The only thing that calms her down is eating paper. She paces until she can find a scrap and then eats it until her nervousness goes away. The vet said the paper will not hurt her, and if we don’t let her have it, the nervousness grows until she finds some. I don’t think this is healthy, but thunder sweaters and calming solutions and even dietary supplements for calming do not work. Brandy is 3, and we have had her for two years. The lady we got her from kept her in the kitchen in the corner on newspaper, and I do not know if she was mistreated and ate the paper for solace or perhaps had nothing else to eat. But, certainly, we need help.

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  88. Ralph W. Parrish says:

    Our Lab/mix is afraid of little children.

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  89. Rita Baker says:

    My dog gets anxious when she is being approached by people, cars, etc. When they come from behind, she is not nearly so bad as when she can see them coming.

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  90. Sue says:

    I have a 10 yr old Cairn, CHEVY, who
    1)shakes uncontrollably for grooming or having nails trimmed. Tries to bite and has bitten.
    2)firecrackers and thunder-barks and hides and whines
    3)any other dogs approaching-very aggressive and barks constantly (??because he is scared????) (Was not socialized well as a pup with other dogs)
    4)NOISES: the beep when I turn my camera on, the sizzle of frying food, hairdryer- runs and hides under the furniture or in his kennel.
    His sibling, Cairn, has none of these traits except the barking at other dogs. That sounds like a fear bark- very shrill.
    Thank you.
    Sue

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  91. Andrea Dorris says:

    My dog was fearless as a puppy.Even though she is a young adult, (and to my knowledge – has never been given reason to be afraid), she cowers and blindly RUNS (often TO places that SHOULD scare her-like the middle of the road -from anything “new”.

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  92. Patricia says:

    My 3 year old Yorkie-Poo is fearful of big dogs and kids. He barks way too much at them and anyone walking by our house. He sits on the back of couch by front windows. (There is no other place I can put it. ) He spends most of the day there. I am told by neighbors that he also barks most of the time I am gone somewhere, which is not very often and only 2-3 hrs at most. I have tried some of the products/devices to discourage barking to no avail. I sure would like to know if there is a way to stop this.

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  93. Shirley says:

    My dog is afraid of everything. I got her at 4 months and she was already afraid, it took me a month to get her comfortable around my husband and myself. She is great with all my family but when it comes to people she doesn’t know or situations new to her she goes balistic, constant barking , jumping and growling. It seems that she is testing to see if you will run away from her so that makes her stronger. Eventually she does calm down but it takes sometimes it takes hours even days. I have had her in classes since she was 10 months old to try to get her past this problem, she is now 2 years old. I think the people who had had for the fist 4 months of life wasn’t very good or nice people, and I think she was beat also. So needless to say my little girl has a lot of baggage she is carrying around with her all the time and I don’t know how to fix it.

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  94. Nancy says:

    Hi I have two dogs 2 1/2 years old. They where found in a trash can. I got them when they where 2days old. Wiggles is afraid of walks. He happy when I put on his leash but if he hears any loud noises his tail goes under is but and he does not want to go any further. He us afraid of everything. We live in a condo so we must go out. His brother is good out on walks. But does not like the car. I put them in doggy car sits and he never stops moving and whining It stops me from taking them for drives.

    Thank you
    Nancy

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  95. Pat says:

    I adopted a 3-4 yo gsd almost 3 years ago. At first she would not leave the yard with me and if she did go a little distance she would pull out in front and keep her head down as she headed for home. We’re finally past that. She walks on a loose leash now and will go anywhere I want to take her.
    When she sees another dog of any size in a yard or on a leash or God forbid loose, she barks like crazy and charges. We have worked and worked on this and finally we can walk by Fluffy’s house and have her sit and look at him. But still will charge at a dog in a car, on the street, walking past our house, etc.
    I want to take her more places with me but she is big and strong and has nearly flattened me more than once. She drug me until she could reach a small dog and bit it. Yikes, scary, it did look like a squirrel, but she can’t continue to do that.
    Thank you for any help you can give.

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  96. Richard says:

    My Shepard mix Scout is affraid of thunderstorms she goes to her crate and won’t come out till it’s over. I got her from a foster parent at 2yrs she flinches at rapid movement like she has been spanked when she does this I apologize and reassure her she will never be spanked. But anyway those are her two biggest problems.

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  97. Jacque says:

    My american bully has MAJOR ANXIETY when we go to work and leave her home with my other pitbull.I have resorted to putting her in a crate and giving her some meds. If left out she is slowly destroying my house this is only done on Wednesdays and Fridays. My goal would be for her to be out and relaxed while at work like my other dog. They do have the ability to go outside on thier own when I am not at work.

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  98. Teigan says:

    My dog is terrified that strangers are going to harm us. She isn’t afraid that they will hurt her; she is convinced that we are in need of constant protection. She barks, growls and occasionally snaps at strangers. She especially panics if one of our family members leaves the room or goes to another room with the stranger. She I especially fearful of males.

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  99. My two four month old min pins greatest fears are loud noises, and something new put in their environment. If they encounter something new, they slowly go near it with tails down and ears down almost crawling closer and then backing away. How do I get them to overcome this fear?

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  100. Janis Booth says:

    My big mutt is afraid of people in black particularly men. He is also afraid of dogs of all sizes as he has been bitten twice once at a dog park and another by a neighbour’s dog. He consequently act aggressively towards all dogs. He is marvellous with cats and children and people he knows. He is very strong and I am afraid he will pull the lead out of my hand and hurt something.

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  101. Beth says:

    I have a 4# Chihuahua who is afraid of anything new. For example my husband leaned a tall log up against the fence. When she noticed the log she was on red alert immediately! The other day I put a corded phone that needed repair on the hearth of the fireplace. When she saw this “New” thing she went in the fear mode till she realized it didn’t move. Can you imagine if it did move ;-). I am just happy she will investigate these “new” things and not run for her life! I always say she has a very active imagination!
    Thank you!

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  102. Ginny says:

    My 10 1/2 yr old Cocker Spaniel has been fearful of dogs all his life in spite of getting him into puppy socialization and obedience classes. He never could conquer his fear and it makes it difficult to go on walks where other dogs are due to his fear aggression when he lunges at other dogs close by. If it’s a big black dog he REALLY gets upset.

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  103. My dog is a rescue dog. She was badly abused by a male. We have had her for 6 weeks and she barks and growls when my husband comes near her. If he has a broom or other objects in his hands she will bark. She will leave a room when he comes in. She is very attached to me and hides behind me when he is there. Otherwise she is a very sweet dog and I love her. She is this way with all males. She does not bite.

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  104. margaret smith says:

    My dog is terrified of ceiling fans when operating. Have tried to put food on the blades {not running} she takes the food hesitantly. Have tried running the fan on the lowest setting but she just freaks out. Its
    terribly distressing for her and for us to watch her be like that.
    She is a three year old female Sheltie.

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  105. Leslie says:

    Bella is my 2(ish)year old Aussie & Border Collie mix that I rescued over a year ago. When I got her she was afraid of literally EVERYTHING; even the wind blowing and she was terribly afraid of the human touch. Slowly, but surely I gained her trust, followed Cesar’s training program and she has done very well. However, she does still have some fear issues…at least I think they’re fear issues. She is fearful to the point of aggression, of men, male dogs and has separation anxiety. She is very protective of me while leashed and is very aggressive. If she is un-leashed at the park, she is fine most of the time and loves to play with anyone. A couple of months ago, I paid a local trainer to come to my house to help me with her issues, but things got worse after that instead of better! 🙁 Now, she is still aggressive toward men and other dogs and sudden noises make her jump and spin; like she’s chasing her tail. I don’t understand this and it is very frustrating. Initially, I thought she was chasing fleas so I was treating her and our yard constantly, but I soon realized that it’s noises that make her begin to spin. Like, if we’re just relaxing and I’m reading; she can be sound asleep, but if I clear my throat or cough she jumps up and starts spinning until I physically stop her. The microwave, running water, plastic bags, my step-daughter’s voice, etc. All of those things send her spinning and she gets crazy eyes of fear! I have tried the thunder shirt (she’s afraid of it), natural calming solutions, re-directions, etc. with no success. HELP! Bella is very energetic and I give her LOTS of exercise, both recreational and physical along with lots of love. Bella has pretty much rescued me when I rescued her so I would love some guidance toward a happier and less fearful dog. I wanted to buy your training program when you had your sale, but my paychecks and your deadline did not coincide. I love your blogs and I look forward to getting your program for fixing dogs fears!
    Thanks loads!!
    Leslie

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  106. Karen says:

    My rescued 4 yr old female greyhound is so terrified of thunder that she’ll shake, hyperventilate and then FAINT! Literally, we have to catch her so she won’t hurt herself falling. She can predict a coming storm before the weather man and will start pacing back and forth a s much as 2 hours before storms arrive. Currently we medicate her before the storm but she’s still terrified. She’s startled by other loud noises but doesn’t experience the same fear level. We’ve tried every suggestion we’ve heard to help her but nothing has helped.

    She was afraid of white (only) sneakers but we got her past that by putting small toys or treats on top of the shoes until her fear dissipated.

    She’s such a wonderful, loving family member that we’d love to teach her not to be so fearful.

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  107. Suzanne Diem says:

    I have 41/2 month old English springer spaniel. He will go to his crate fine and as long as he can see me he is fine. Out of sight and he yelps , barks, cries non stop. I have tried putting him in the crate and walking away for a couple of seconds and then go back and praise him for being quiet. More than about 30 seconds and he won’t stop. Thanks, looking forward to the help

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  108. Karen says:

    My rescued 4 yr old female greyhound is so terrified of thunder that she’ll shake, hyperventilate and then FAINT! Literally, we have to catch her so she won’t hurt herself falling. She can predict a coming storm before the weather man and will start pacing back and forth a s much as 2 hours before storms arrive. Currently we medicate her before the storm but she’s still terrified. She’s startled by other loud noises but doesn’t experience the same fear level. We’ve tried every suggestion we’ve heard to help her but nothing has helped.
    She was afraid of white (only) sneakers but we got her past that by putting small toys or treats on top of the shoes until her fear dissipated.
    She’s such a wonderful, loving family member that we’d love to teach her not to be so fearful.

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  109. Sharron says:

    Fearful of other dogs, except our own. Will stop on walks if hears dog barking behind fence along the way and struggle to turn in opposite direction.

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  110. Good morning. I have 2 dogs that are very afraid of thunderstorms. 1 dog a Kelpie x Labrador hides, the other a Maltese will find any way possible to run away from the noise and the light from the lightening. The Maltese I am trying to manage but he seems to have escalated to any loud noise. He would usually go in his crate but that is now something he won’t do.Very stressed while in there. I have moved him to the bathroom but that still doesn’t help him calm down. Any help other than medication would great. Thank you. Reba

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  111. Marie Guido says:

    I rescued my dog 5 years ago. She’ll be 6 in may. She’s terrified of people and some other dogs. If a dog gets in her face she snaps but never bites. She hides behind me when there are people around she doesn’t know. I just want her to be comfortable when we go for a walk or to the pet store. She is especially scared of men. When we’re alone or around family she trusts she is a lot of fun and always wants to play. I wish everyone could see that side of her.

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  112. Judy Ismaili says:

    My son’s dog is so frightened by other dogs and people who look at him on walks that he lunges, snarls and growls. It doesn’t seem to matter how big, threatening or non-threatening the other animal or person is. If a larger animal responds in kind, he retreats to a small space (under the bed) and stays there alone.

    Interestingly, when I take him to a dog park, the section for small or timid dogs, he’s totally docile and seems relaxed. He’s a rescue so I don’t really know his history, but I feel sorry when he cowers alone so I try to reassure him by holding him.

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  113. Sharon Deckard says:

    We have 4 dogs and 5 cats and we have sound problems. Of course they have the thunder noise problem, and the 4th of July and backfire noises that set them off. But the biggests one that drives them out of their fur is the vacuum. When I pull the vacuum out of the closet and before I plug it in they start growling and yipping. Once it gets going they raise all kinds of heck. growling, barking, chasing and trying to bite it and in the process eventually growling and biting at each other. I can’t tell just how much is fear and how much is them protecting the house from this noisy monster. The tiniest one can’t stand lawnmowers. I’ve had them even bark and growl at the alarm clock. All the dogs are either Chihuahuias or Minpins and the smaller they are the bigger the growl and bark and the aggression towards whatever it is that is scaring them. I would love to find a way to calm them down.

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  114. Nancy M. Kevelin says:

    We live in Chicago and our dog is very afraid of the train in our neighborhood. She wasn’t afraid of it when she was a puppy because I properly socialized her around the train when I first got her. But now she will stop walking and try to run the other way as soon as she hears it coming.

    Thank you for developing a program to deal with common dog fears.

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  115. Colin Churchill says:

    We have a lovely natured Chow Chow given to us by the breeder because she wanted a good home for her,rather than live her life in her kennels. 18 months old when we got her (we have had Chows for many years and know how hey tick). This dog has settled in well, is very obedient. Her main problem is getting accustomed to unfamiliar activities and sounds of the world, and other people she would never have been exposed to in the breeder’s kennels.
    I appreciate this is a result of a lack of early exposure to the world outside of home base and pushing things to fast at this point could be counter productive.
    Kind Regards,
    Colin

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  116. Joan Beard says:

    Our Labradoodle was scared by a neighbor’s fireworks when she was 10 weeks old. Since then she frequently checks the sky, even looking up when she hears airplanes and some birds. we had a smoke detector malfunction which took two days to fix. Since then she goes upstairs with hesitation and now when my husband goes up stairs. She hears the creaking of the floorboards and comes to me with wide eyes and looking up at the ceiling. She wants to sit on the couch with me for 30 min or less, then ok.

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  117. Jim Frazier says:

    My dog Fred, a 65 pound Standard Poodle, is afraid of other dogs we meet on our walks. This only applies to dogs he does not know. He will growl, bark and get very agitated as soon as he sees them. Not all dogs, but probably 80% of them. I am afraid to let him “Greet” other dogs because I do not want to break up a fight.
    Once the other dog is out of sight he is O.K.
    Ant help would be appreciated.
    Thank You. Jim

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  118. Joanne Reho says:

    I adopted my dog, a terrier/poodle mix, about four months ago. He was just over a year old when I adopted him. I have very little information about his early life. He seems to fear many things. Any machine that makes a loud noise causes him to either bark at it or leave the room. The vacuum cleaner is a good example. It does not even have to be turned on for him to start barking at it.

    He also gets very anxious when two people are standing or sitting together. He sometimes acts aggressively toward one or the other person. He sort of acts like he is protecting one of the people involved. Nothing needs to happen between the two people, but he growls and has actually bit. It doesn’t happen all of the time.

    He does not seem to have any food aggression, but I have noticed that when I put his food bowl down on the floor he backs away slightly. He acts like he is afraid of the bowl or me when I am putting the bowl on the floor. I was told that he seems sensitive about hands coming close to his face when I adopted him. I can touch his face without a reaction most of the time.

    He acts aggressively toward other animals. I don’t know if it is fear or something else.

    I think he is doing better than when I first adopted him, but he still seems to have multiple problems. I am sure there are other fears, but that is all I can think of at the moment. This is my first terrier type dog. I don’t think I knew what to expect when I adopted him, but I like him very much, even with all his unusual behaviors.

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  119. kathy sussman says:

    My two year old Bichon mix is deathly afraid of bikes. we have had her since. she was 8 weeks and she has never been hit by a bike but on walks she can hear them approaching and tries to run and hide until they pass. I have tried positive rewards and also putting her near a parked bike, and she freaks out. She also runs from baby strollers and anything with a wheel ! It makes taking her for walks very challenging!

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  120. Diane Pastore says:

    We rescued a six year old female Yellow Labrador last April. She is very afraid of strangers. When she meets new people in the house or on the street she puts her tale between her legs and shyes away. She is not aggressive. It takes her some time to warm up to people. She also jumps at any movement or sound when on her walk. She does not do that in the house. Since we know nothing about her background we assume she was mistreated. She is so well behaved and loving I would like her to be more friendly with our friends and people on the street. She loves other dogs and greats them great enthusiasm. We think she was used in a puppy mill or breeder.

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  121. Lynda Roszko says:

    I got my dog from the local dog pound about 6 months ago. She is just over 1 year old. She is really friendly with all adults and other dogs, however, she is terrified of children. She has a bite out of her ear (looks like maybe a child bit part of her ear off). I would like to know how to calm her of this fear. She is not near children often. She pulls back trying to get far from children when she sees them, whimpers and begins to shake. Thanks for any advice you can give me.

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  122. Neil says:

    My dog is pretty good most of the time. But she tends to be aggressive around bigger dogs. She weighs 15 lbs. And she barks and acts aggressive towards some people. Not many, but some. Not sure what she detects in the ones she is aggressive with. I suspect that some of them are fearful of dogs and she reacts to that in a negative manner. She will go right up to most humans and lick their hands. I would say that she is aggressive to 10% or less of the humans that she meets. As for big dogs, her aggression towards them is probably more like 75%. But, if she has the chance to meet them in a neutral space and get close enough to touch them she will often change completely and want to play with them.

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  123. My little chugweenie dog is afraid of the wind blowing, and I’m not kidding she will sit if the wind blows too hard. My biggest worry with her is that she might bite someone other than me. I can’t wait to see this program because of my windless dog, and my second fear about her fear is she might rub it off on my shep/huskie and that will not be good or safe. Any help would be appreciated. Thanx again.

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  124. Gene says:

    My 3 year old Shu Zui is scared and aggressive to anyone except me and my wife. We can’t take her in the car because she gets so scared of other dogs and people that she poops in the car.

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  125. Jan Prickett says:

    We adopted a 12 week old Golden/Collie rescue. He has been extremely fearful since day 1. Both he and his brother although our dog was far worse. We have had him almost a year and since day 1 he has been terrified especially of my husband. Now almost 12 months later, he will let my husband pet him and play with him by holding the bone for him to chew on, but ONLY if I am in the room. Our son is home visiting for a week and Gus runs from him and barks whenever he thinks he hears him coming. He then runs and hides behind the chair. If he walks into the room, the dog will be growling behind my chair. I am more upset that this dog lives in such fear, than anything else. My son worries the dog will become aggressive, but to date he just hides and growls. You can tell he wants so desperately to be as free to enjoy everyone as our other dog. but he just can’t quite get himself there. He did take a few treats from my son as long as my son held his arm/hand way out and did not look at the dog. If anyone else is around the dog lives with his tail tucked so far up I thought at first he didn’t have one.

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  126. J.D.John says:

    Our 12 year old Chow Chow, for reasons we cannot determine, began about 3 years ago shaking, hiding, getting on the bed & furniture with us when it lightens &/or thunders. She now panics & runs through the house or tries to get outside if the smoke alarm chirps even once like when the power flickers or it gives low battery notice. We worry that she might hurt herself if this happens when she is alone. We have tried every suggestion but the only help has been tranquilizer BEFORE a storm starts. Even that helps little if she doesn’t get it before the event starts.

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  127. Maurine says:

    My 8 month old Great Pyrennes pup just developed noise related anxiety. The fireworks set off by a neighbor (yes, at Christmas time!) followed the next day by 60 mile per hour gales (and falling branches)caused her to be so anxious that she’d slink under the deck and hide for hours. I fixed a “cave” in the house so that she is comfortable there, but any unusual noise (loud jets overhead, crunching of the garbage can rolling over gravel) has her bolting for a hiding hole. Her outgoing personality seems threatened. And her intended job as an adult was going to be as a livestock and grandkids guarding dog. Help.

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  128. VaNessa henry says:

    My furbaby is a lab terrier mix and she is afraid of EVERYTHING, Grocery bags, broom, vaccuum and any loud noise.

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  129. VaNessa henry says:

    My furbaby is a lab terrier mix and she is afraid of EVERYTHING, Grocery bags, broom, vaccuum and any loud noise. I forgot to add, we have had her since she was 6 weeks old and is now 1 year.

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  130. Bill Jones says:

    I have a 4 year old border collie two things he is afraid of loud noises loud speakers people clapping at dog trails and dogs that he makes eye contact. I am working on the dog eye contact but the clapping and loud noises is hard
    Thanks

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  131. Stephanie says:

    My dog is afraid of people and dogs. Not sure how to fix this problem since I have always had friendly dogs in the past. He barks, growls, and backs up when approached by people. He stands his ground and growls at other dogs when we are in Pet Smart or Pet Co. If I cay NO, he is quiet and sits as close to me as he can but is still very fearful.

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  132. Lucky Murphy says:

    My Dog is Terrified every time we get in the Car to go some place

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  133. Lori Kemmer says:

    I have a one year old Siberian Husky German Shepherd Mix. We have had him since he was about 7-8 weeks old. He came into a home that had 4 cats and 2 other dogs. Overall he has adapted just fine to the other animals and is a very loving puppy. One of our cats and one of our dogs passed away. My concern is his separation anxiety/fear. I work from home and am home most of the day with my fur kids. When home while working I close my office door and the dogs are in the other room. Bandit our puppy started tearing up/destroying carpet/books/anything he can find while I am working. This was a rare issue before the other dog passed away, since she passed it has gotten much worse. He has plenty of toys to play with. I can hear him bark if he needs to go out. He has dog bones and receives other treats periodically thru the day. Bandit knows that he has done something wrong because when I come home or out of my office he hides. I have tried numerous redirects for this behavior but nothing has helped. He is the only animal in the home with this anxiety/destructive behavior. Any help that you could put together would be greatly appreciated.

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  134. Mike says:

    I have a German Shorthair and she is gun shy (afraid of the gun being fired) and will stop hunting after a shot. Do you have any good trick to help with this.

    MIke

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  135. beverly says:

    One of the reason 20# Jamie nips strangers who come to the door is possibly fear. He barks and barks — as do our other two dogs. I have to pick him up, answer the door — all the while all are barking at the poor person who needs to come in to help my husband or fix whatever.

    I crate him when I know someone is coming and once in and he sees all is well, he calmly comes out and hardly sniffs at the newcomer.

    BUT — How can I tell if it’s fear, territorial or vying for attention?

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  136. Darlene says:

    I have 2 dogs. 1 year difference in age. The youngest[1 1/2] has always been afraid of other dogs and as she has grown, she has become aggressive and unpredictable around other dogs. The older one has developed an over protectiveness and barks at anyone that looks at the younger one AND this behavior is escalating.
    I now walk them separately and do not take the younger one to the dog park.

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  137. Beverly says:

    My little chi is afraid of most things. loud bangs of any kind send her hiding. She is also afraid of bikes, motorcycles, trucks,people and and is very aggressive with other dogs. She has never bitten anyone or even tries to. She won’t even chew on your hand to play.She seems to run away instead.I would love to walk with her for once without her being so frightened of everything because she loves to walk.

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  138. Lynn Scheidl says:

    I won’t be raising this GSD with fears but I do have an issue ….. I find very few people who are willing to give us (Tina and me) even 3 minutes, let alone 10, for me to desensitize her to them. I keep having to use the same 3-4 people over and over for ‘new’ scenarios and pretty soon Tina thinks they are ‘friends’.

    I want her introduced to, petted by and maybe snuggled by 100 people in the next 4 weeks….

    Any suggestions how I can find cooperative people ?
    Lynn

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  139. Joe Kearley says:

    My dog will bark at people from inside the fence, but when they approach, she disappears around the corner.

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  140. janet says:

    My poor puppy is afraid of me. He adores my husband but shivers and shakes, running out of the room when I enter it. I feed him and when I get the chance to pet him, I am so very happy. He was a throw-a-way dog that we rescued….some woman really hurt him. Please help me. We are told by the vet he is not neutered (yet) and under 1 year old.

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  141. Gene says:

    We bought our female Schu Itzu ia when she was one year old. She was scared of people then, but she is now 3 years old and more scared and aggressive. She only likes me and my wife and is very loving, but when visitors cone she tries to break the door down She hides behind the furniture until they get ready to leave then tries to nip at them. WE can’t take her in the car because she gets so scared of people and other dogs she poops in the car. When the groomer picks her up, she poops . Very Embarissing

    December 18, 2014

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  142. Linda says:

    she is afraid of loud noises, she runs all over the house and will not be still, she shakes to. New Years eve is bad and so is the 4 th of July.

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  143. Luis says:

    Hi, I have a female mastiff, she is 2 years old. She has always been afraid of going through the door, either coming in or going out. I have had to open the door wide and then she would pass through. She is not aggressive. But she is scare of things behind her, there will not be anything behind us when walking her and she is stopping to look back with her ears down. She will not attack another dog or will she approach a person. Instead she lets them know she is there, by barking 1 or 2 times. However, if the other dog barks in defense or with attitude, she is going at it. she will drag me to that dog. I can take her on walks in the park, around people and other dogs and she just walks along. The moment we get to an isolated area, she is looking back, her hair stands up on her back, her ears goes back and she stops all the time. I have tried comforting her, hugging her and giving her treats to forget the incident, but she is scare. So I am concerned that someday, without my understanding, she just might attack because of her fear. She weights 135lbs, but is obedient, just scare. Thank you!

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  144. Maryann says:

    My 9 month old shelter saved lab/maybe pit bull or whippet mix has issues going outside by herself. If I don’t go outside with her she will not go to the bathroom at all! Even if she is outside for an hour. On a run she will just sit there and wait and cry until I come get her. Every time she goes out by herself she is terrified if I walk away or if I don’t go out she waits right by the door. Even on a leash she could take 20/30 minutes to potty. She was getting almost housebroken, now it takes so long to get her to use the potty she is peeing and pooping inside the house because I don’t have time to stay out for 30 mins before work! I’m guessing she has anxiety issues but this is getting crazy.

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  145. Ken says:

    Our rescue dog has a problem if I go out the door without him. He will bark for a long time even if my wife is still home. When we both leave, he will bark for who knows how long. How do we help his separation anxiety?

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  146. Pam says:

    My dog wants to chase cars and pulls and tugs so hard on the leash whenever I am out walking him and a car passes, which is every day, that I’m afraid I should put two leashes on him in case he get loose from one. He would definitely run right into a car’s path. He is obsessed with cars.
    He also gets all puffed up easily at other larger approaching or barking dogs, but is good when in a schooling situation such as agility or obedience classes.
    His biggest fear/aggression threat is the car. I cannot take him off leash ever until this issue gets resolved.
    Pam

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  147. Naomi Arimura says:

    Of all the dogs I’ve cared for in my life I find (and so did his puppy school) our current mixed breed originally abandoned as a puppy in the mountains to be uncommonly sensitive. I don’t mean unusually fearful necessarily, we are always calm and reassuring and he’s calm too, but he needs only the very lightest admonition and his senses are acute. (At age 9 he suddenly took up residence in the washing machine, we had no idea why though he tried very hard to tell us, he was so insistent that I finally abandoned washing and gave him a blanket; then on the third day I understood – we had the great east Japan earthquake and then he came out. He hasn’t been back, but if he goes near the washing machine I check our flashlights.) We’ve trained him to walk free but keep connected with us so he can get the runs he needs. But at the first and slightest sound of thunder he is terrified and bolts. I’ve had to train myself to listen more and more acutely and read forecasts. I don’t want to desensitise him, just have him know that thunder won’t kill him. He was abandoned in the mountains as a baby, that might be a factor.

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  148. dan ivie says:

    my concern is my neighbor has a race car and when he starts it up she is freaked out about the sound of just that car! and her shaking last for hrs.

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  149. Mark says:

    Hello and Happy Holidays to everyone! Ok where to begin? I have my 4yr old White German Shepard who is probably to the biggest and skid’ish dog I know. I have had a little experience in the USA military working dogs along with 28+ yrs of companionship with mans best friend. Blue (WGS), for as long as i known him to be very sensitive. He picks up the slightest fear from lower tones in peoples voices and any sudden loud noise and will look for the nearest rock to climb under. He actually looks very tough, brave, and intimidating from first glance i have been told by many others. Truth is he is the biggest lovable friendliest goof you’ll ever meet. I work hard to play games of confidence but one wrong movement or action causes him a large amount of anxiety. If you can help me come up with a plan to help him find more peace of mind and conference please share with me. He is my boy and I love him so much, I’m afraid he will die of a stroke before I do. Thank you so much for everybody else’s posts. Again Happy Holidays to all and a great fresh start in the New Years to come.

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  150. Betty says:

    I have a 3 yr old Lhasa Ahpso who is very aggressive out of fear perhaps. He doesn’t like strangers particularly men until he has met them several times. He is a rescue dog who has had 3 other homes prior to my acquiring him 1 and 1/2 years ago so I don’t know his early background. He will bark furiously and attack and bite strangers. I also have a 2yr old Golden Retriever who is rude and jumps on people and my Lhasa tries to correct this behavior by biting him. This has resulted several times in the Golden grabbing the Lhasa by the neck and shaking him like a rag doll and subsequently a trip to the vet to repair the damage. By and large the two dogs get along well together. The Lhasa is also food aggressive so I monitor both dogs while they are eating. I am at home all day and have a doggy door so both dogs are free to go in and out all day. They both prefer to monitor my activities.

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  151. Jane Pordon says:

    My 4 year old Leonberger is frightened of people. We have an acre section which she and our two other Leonbergers have free roam. When people come to the gate she stands back and barks like crazy. Once the car has driven on to the property our other two dogs greet in the normal way but Tawa does two things. Firstly she stands away and continues to bark, the bark gets deeper and more distressed sounding as it goes and she then starts to drool which is a sure sign of stress for Leos. Secondly once the person is out of the car she rushes at them still barking and then stops about 5 feet away and continues to bark and drool.
    My fear is that one day she will bite somebody. When we take her to town she will walk with her tail down between her legs and at times will refuse to move until we turn around and take her back to the car.
    If I know people are coming I put her in the car as this is where she feels safe. She gets out herself when she feels it is ok. I would love for her to trust people and not be scared of them. We have had her since she was 11 weeks old

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  152. Glenys Grimsdick says:

    I have a 4 year old shih tzu who is a rescue dog. She is not a good traveller, especially when in our truck. She starts panting and then graduates to trembling and pacing. It seems to be exacerbated by bumps on the road and altitude.

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  153. Julie Ann says:

    My puppy is scared of new people
    And I take her out off the ranch almost every day-
    I tell strangers ” would you like to meet my puppy she has to meet 100 people this week”
    Don’t pet her on the head, she will feel threatened
    She is still so chicken s–t and I am working really hard on this!
    What is the best way for them to approach her? Bull terrier 14 weeks

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  154. Kat says:

    My 2 year old doxie that I rescued about 4 months ago gets afraid sometimes when we go outside for a walk. All of a sudden he stops in his tracks and will not move. The strange thing is that I do not see anything outside that could be scaring him. It does not happen all the time and it could happen any time day or night when I try to walk him. There does not appear to be any rhyme or reason. I am afraid one of these times he is just going to bolt and I will never see him again.

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  155. Kim Jones says:

    My worst problem with our 2 year old cockatoo is the same as response #1. He is fearful to the point of aggression to other dogs and people. He lunges, barks, snaps, etc. It is embarrassing!! When they come in the house and ignore him, he relaxes but getting to that point is awful!! We don’t know what to do with him. When he’s just with us, he is the sweetest, most loving dog.

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  156. Deb Lange says:

    I noticed someone else also brought up fear of thunderstorms, which is our problem, too. It began with a fireworks display in our neighborhood a couple of years ago, but has transferred to thunderstorms now. We have a 4 year old, 9 lb. Yorkie/Maltese mix named Gracie, and not only will she dive under a bed and shake when she hears thunder or sees lightning, but her senses tell her a storm is on the way about half an hour before it even begins.

    Gracie’s so good at detecting an oncoming storm, we recognize the signs well enough to have time to put lawn furniture away in plenty of time, even when storms aren’t in the forecast. She becomes nervous and paces through the house, and then hides shortly before the storm hits. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that even the sound of a gentle rain without the thunder or lightning has her hiding.

    I’ve used a treadmill to try to divert her attention during storms but its like torture to her. Any information you can give me would be of great help. Thanks!

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  157. Janice says:

    I got my CKCS when she was 2 years old and had not been socialized. I think she may have been the runt. I’ve had her for 1-1/2 years and try as I might,she remains scared of everything, dogs, especially if they are agrresively barking, and shy away from people. She is so sweet and beautiful and everyone wants to pet her. I try to remain neutral, so she doesn’t get bad vibes from me. Her experience with loud booms of Thunder and fireworks puts her into a frenzy. I put her in her crate for comfort and safety because she will try to crawl all over me, and can’t settle down. She and I have a very close relationship, and spend a lot of time together. She doesn’t really know how to play either. I have managed to teach her to jump over a bar at the bark park, go in circles, and the basic commands. As long as there are no distactions around she listebs to me and has a good time as I switch things up. I just feel for her because she is afraid of her own shadow. I am calm and gentle with her. I had hoped to use her as a therapy dog, but she’s so afraid, even with people she knows.

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  158. Graeme says:

    My five year old placid Golden Retriever is terrified of any form of grating in the walkway or anything dark in colour that slightly resembles a grating. He will walk around knocking you over if he has to. It is not a major issue but for his comfort I would like to have him deal with his fear.

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  159. Janice says:

    I got my CKCS when she was 2 years old and had not been socialized. I think she may have been the runt. I’ve had her for 1-1/2 years and try as I might,she remains scared of everything, dogs, especially if they are agrresively barking, and shy away from people. She is so sweet and beautiful and everyone wants to pet her. I try to remain neutral, so she doesn’t get bad vibes from me. Her experience with loud booms of Thunder and fireworks puts her into a frenzy. I put her in her crate for comfort and safety because she will try to crawl all over me, and can’t settle down. She and I have a very close relationship, and spend a lot of time together. She doesn’t really know how to play either. I have managed to teach her to jump over a bar at the bark park, go in circles, and the basic commands. As long as there are no distactions around she listens to me and has a good time. I had hoped to use her as a therapy dog, but she’s so afraid, even with people she knows.

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  160. Janice says:

    I got my CKCS when she was 2 years old and had not been socialized. I think she may have been the runt. I’ve had her for 1-1/2 years and try as I might,she remains scared of everything, dogs, especially if they are agrresively barking, and shy away from people. She is so sweet and beautiful and everyone wants to pet her. I try to remain neutral, so she doesn’t get bad vibes from me. Her experience with loud booms of Thunder and fireworks puts her into a frenzy. I put her in her crate for comfort and safety because she will try to crawl all over me, and can’t settle down. She and I have a very close relationship, and spend a lot of time together. She doesn’t really know how to play either. I have managed to teach her to jump over a bar at the bark park, go in circles, and the basic commands. As long as there are no distactions around she listens to me and has a good time. I had hoped to use her as a therapy dog, but at this rate it doesn’t seem possible.

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  161. Theresa Carlson says:

    My dog has major separation anxiety is there anything I can do? I heard there is medication there is that I can give.

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  162. Maureen says:

    I have 2 dogs a Golden Retriever with no fears and a Border Collie petrified of thunder, like knows an hour before it hits that its coming and she is scratching at the door to come inside, if we venture outside she dives in our arms trembling and panting like she is going to have a heart attack. We almost lost her one new years eve while at a party there was a storm and fireworks, when we got home she was gone, somehow had managed to get out of the backyard and was found a week later 30 kilometers away. If there’s a fix for this fear, I need to know what it is. She is otherwise a very friendly happy well adjusted dog that I actually take to the local nursing home where she visits the residents and puts a smile on their faces, she’s very calm, relaxed and happy until a dreaded storm where the only safe place is in our bed…with us. HELP please!!

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  163. Ron Miller says:

    My dog is almost 3 years old. She is a mixed breed of lab and shepherd. Every little noise sets her off. When she sees a squirrel or a cat she shakes all-over.If you touch her while she is sleeping, she goes nuts. I don’t know if a thunder shirt would help her or not.

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  164. SEAN SHANNON says:

    Our small 4 year old dog a Lhaso Apso is terrified of loud noises such as thunder, fireworks and even loud bass sounds from our TV.
    As soon as she hears a sound as described she will run to my wife or me for reassurance. We have had her from a puppy and for her first few weeks of life she lived next to a railway track and with a noisy household of children and was never concerned about noise.
    We are a couple in our sixties and live quite quietly so we don’t know if this is a factor. I look forward to your possible solutions.

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  165. sid says:

    My lil baby beagle 5 months old is not afraid of anything but sometimes due to some horrible shadow on wall or moving ceiling fan or some labour household work outside make him sudden fearful which sustain for more than 5 days.
    I make him comfortable the way I could and help him in overcoming.
    if you could please help me more on this.

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  166. lanny says:

    Hi,
    My dog, Koby, is one of the best trained dogs Ive known. He’s 18 month old golden doodle, and obeys all hand signals, watches my eyes all the time to see what I want. Puts his toys away in a basket, closes the doors. Does everything immediately. He is very loving and wants to please. But, he is afraid of playing or maybe I should say of rough housing. He won’t do tug of war because he is afraid I will be upset if he keeps the rope. He won’t wrestle because he is afraid of getting hurt or hurting. It would be nice to get him to have fun playfully wrestling. Ive taught him to do almost everything else a dog can do, but not that. Oh and one more thing, he is afraid the frisbee will hit him in the nose so he won’t catch it. He catches a ball and a sock, but he is scared of the frisbee.

    thanks

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  167. Mark Cotzen says:

    We have a 10 month old Standard Poodle that hates the vacuum cleaner and the stick broom. Every time either one of those items are turned on she immediately attacks them and tries to bite them as if they were alive. She is very sweet otherwise and loves people and all other dogs.

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  168. Charlotte says:

    My Mcnab is a very “cautious” dog. I raised him since he was 8wks. I made a point to expose him to everything early on; large crowds, kids, noises, men, long car rides, other dogs, etc. Unfortunatly, (maybe its because he is mainly only around women) he is not a fan of men, or children. He is a submissive pee’r which is also not great. I understand why he is frightened of children, they are quick, small and foreign to him; he nips at them when they run (his instinctual nature as a herder), and he barks and whines when they approach him. I managed to get around this by always having a ball or toy to distract him with, if a ball is in play, he could care less about his surroundings. But I’d like to bring him to family functions eventually, and his unreliable nature with men and children is making this impossible. Also, the submissive peeing is embarressing and difficult to get around. I’m hesitant to bring him into any strangers house because as soon as they reach down to say hi or even look at him, he bows his head, and while slinking over to them, pee’s all over the place. I read that submissive peeing, unlike excitement peeing, can never be fixed..is this true?
    Thanks

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  169. Sandy Hunwick says:

    My rescue dog (spaniel mix – mostly Cavalier King Charles, according to vet) is afraid of any type of ‘different’ noise – grocery bags, the opening & closing of glass doors on the fireplace, etc. He immediately leaves the room and goes to the bed. He’s GREAT with people, etc. but I’d like to help him with these fears which seem to be accelerating …

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  170. Jill says:

    My dog seems to be afraid that someone will hurt me. He is fine as long as no one comes near me. But if someone touches me or even if my husband hugs or kisses me, my dog will be very aggressive. If someone drops something close to me and reaches down to get it, my dog reacts as if they are trying to hurt me. I usually have to crate him if other people come over. Someone recommended a shock collar for him but I don’t know much about this. It is probably worth noting that this was a rescue dog which was abandoned 3.5 years ago. It is my first dog and I LOVE HIM. He is my constant buddy when I’m home and would NEVER, never be aggressive toward me. He is a 17-lb white poodle/terrier mix, maybe a Cavachon.

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  171. Sharon Moore says:

    My Gracey is so afraid of propel she cowers when they want to pet her. She is a 5 year old boxer. She has never been abused. I got her as a 9-10 week old puppy. I think the guy we bought her from was a bit abusive. She has always been a little afraid of people. I take her to work with me and she lays behind my desk. Nobody knows she’s there but just let someone try to pet her and she starts backing away. She stays at my side and I wanted to use her as a therapy dog and she is perfect in every way except her spooky ness. She also freaks at loud noises.

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  172. Rev. Kate says:

    My 10-yr-old Toy Pomeranian has severe separation anxiety. I inherited a second dog last June, and although he doesn’t like his new brother, he at least doesn’t cry and howl when I leave them home alone for a couple hours. The new dog just sleeps. I wish my Pom would, too.

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  173. Della Perrin says:

    My Border collie is 3 years old and afraid of most everything. From the ironing board, vacuum cleaner, broom, mop and anything that has a motor or thunder, rain and storms.She will not go for walks. She loves to get in the car to go to dog park, but hides on the floor till we get there. the other two dogs I have are anxiously hanging out the window. also I can take the other two for a walk and she will act like she wants to go, even sitting down to get leashed..but as soon as we all go out the door she runs back in the house.The only way she will go out is without the leash and only then to sniff at a tree where a squirrel lives..then runs back to the house. When she was a puppy she would love to go for walks around the block. then one day she refused to leave the yard. THen she refused to leave the front porch. If it is garbage day and she sees cans in front of the neighbors house she barks like it is a robber. Nothing new can appear or she barks and acts like it will get us.
    My fear for her is that she is so afraid of everything that she is missing out on exercise and just the fun of being a dog in general. she has never been abused or even scolded for anything. except as a young dog trying to get on the couch I would say no in a stern voice and so she learned not to get on couch. I have a small poodle who is not afraid of anything and does as he pleases. no amount of saying no to him stops him. so I know she is such a good dog, she doesn’t get on the sofa or try to eat food left out or dig in garbage. she is missing out on life. a dog should be having fun. she is even afraid of Frisbees. I would so like to play with her and walk with her and had so much wanted to train her for agility. she is afraid of the cones, the tunnel and the jump bar. she is a beautiful dog and so easy to train. she sits, stays and asks permission for things by looking at it and then at me and barking in a woof woof sound. it just hurts my soul that she is so afraid to go outside our yard.

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  174. Holly Holty says:

    My dog is a wire fox terrier (Charlie) that we got at a shelter, 2 yrs ago.He is 6 years old. He seems to have fear aggression specifically territorial. He doesn’t go for someone in an obvious way, he waits until they move away from him and then goes for their legs or feet. When people come over we have to put a muzzle on for safety and put him in a “place” as well as supervise him. I use an e-collar and have worked with a trainer. Charlie has come a long way. He was fearful of cars, garages & dogs, not fearful aggressive, fearful avoidance, “dive for the exit” fear. He has overcome that. I would like to feel comfortable having company over that Charlie is not familiar with, with out having to muzzle or restrain him. He still doesn’t trust strangers. Thanks for any suggestions.

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  175. Tricia Young says:

    I have a 7yr old pit terrier and lab mix. Who loves everyone except for dogs. We got her about 3yrs ago from a man who was very mean to her. They didn’t like each other, so he gave us the dog. She is very good. She lived in a very small town and ran the streets looking for someone to pet her. She was very aggressive with other dogs. I’m afraid to take her on walks, as we might run into a dog. She is also very afraid of thunder and lightning, and shakes and tries to hide. She won’t let us hold her to calm her, but she wants me to hold her all the rest of the time. I don’t understand that. Hope you can help. Thanks.

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  176. Tami says:

    Dear Chet:
    Arrow was 10 months old or younger when we adopted him in Oct 2014. He had been in 3 shelters and one of 12 dogs in an animal cruelty case the other 11 had to be put down. Arrow has had 3 upper back teeth knocked out and we suspect has vision problems with his left eye.

    When approached from his left side he often snaps he also bumps into things. I know dogs are supposed to be trained to heal on the left but since he startles and snaps would it be OK to train him to heel on my right side since he appears to not see clearly out of his left eye?

    Although we have two kids when their friends come over he growls and snaps at them and runs to his crate before we can tell him to “go kennel” He is fearful around other dogs and has been bullied by 3 female dogs. He got along well with his kennel mates at the last shelter. It was so sweet as we left he touched noses with the other dogs in his section as if to say good bye. He is scared when we take him out the front door and acts nervous on walks and can’t wait to get back home.
    Thank you,
    Tami

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  177. James Howard says:

    After a rare loud thunderclap he has become fearful of loud noises, fireworks, the sound of gun fire on television, and even anxious now riding in a car. Although better than a year ago he is still anxious when fear response is triggered. Have tried “thunder shirt” and anti anxiety medication from the vet when there is the probability of fireworks….little noticeable benefit. We work to ignore his fear responses and reward calm behavior and he is better…but not well. Thanks for working to put a program together…

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  178. helen says:

    My 12 month labradoodle gets car sick – It may be the sensory balance thing but I think mostly it is anxiety. I had managed to go a kilometre or two until he was desexed, the next trip to the vet put us back to squre one…
    I try and do little things with him, like up and down the driveway, around the block etc, but after a few 100 mtrs he is salivating and at 500 mtrs it is a steady drip, drip, drip

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  179. gayle says:

    My dog Arnie over reacts when people put their hands out so he can sniff their hands. Mostly he just stands barks and lunges. Bite inhibition is good, but l wouldn’t trust him not to bite if he felt he needed to protect himself. He also doesn’t like dogs sneaking up behind him front on is not so much of an issue. He is nearly 5 we have had him for around 5 months. We had his brother from a pup Pirate was a confident dog.
    If he can approach people in his own time he tends to to work out that he is safe enough. He has come a long way in the short time that we have had him.

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  180. Kay says:

    Our 4 year old Aussie is afraid of power outages! Whenever it storms and our power goes off suddenly, he freaks and bolts upstairs to his bed. The only noise we’ve found related with this happening is the tv making the usual zapping buzz noise when the power goes off. I guess that is what he’s reacting to but not sure. He is also sensitive to weird noises on tv also, such as the broadcasting “tests” for warnings, sci fi sounds, etc. Do they make doggie ear plugs??????

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  181. Leslie says:

    Bella is our 2 year old Aussie & Border Collie mix who we rescued at 8 months. At the time of her rescue, she was extremely anxious and afraid of EVERYTHING…even the human touch. We could not pet her and simply let her come to us whenever she was ready at which time she would just sniff and lick. 12 months later, she is a great companion to me, but still has some fear issues like: men, skateboards, children and other dogs while leashed. She recently developed something all new to us in that she spins when she hears certain noises like: a cough, running water, plastic bags, my step-daughter’s voice, etc…the list is long. She can be sound asleep but will pop up and begin chasing her tail until she’s dizzy or I physically stop her. Bella is very energetic and gets lots of exercise, both physically and mentally plus she gets daily exposure to the world around us, but remains afraid of the certain same things. She is very smart and trains quickly. I have tried re-directing, the thunder shirt and a number of other things. I have discussed it with her vet and put his suggestions to work, but nothing seems to help. I am hoping you can help and am looking forward to working with her when your fear fixing program to is published!
    Thanks!

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  182. Noel says:

    My seven year old Boston, who happens to be stone deaf, is afraid of extension cords. The moment he sees an extension cord he runs off. He
    is not afraid of anything else. I have had him since he was six weeks old and I am unable to explain why he should be afraid of an extension cord of all things. He is well mannered and and friendly spends most of his time indoors. My wife and I are both retired and Jonty will spend the better part of the day with either one or both of us. Neither one of us has ever threatened him with an extension cord, or anything else for that matter, so his fear of the extension cord remains an unsolved mystery.

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  183. Dave says:

    1. Yelps when I try to pick her up…she is a small to medium sized dog.
    2. Terrified of grooming places/buzzing cutters.
    3. Scared of baths.

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  184. Dave says:

    1. Baths
    2. Being picked up….yelps!!
    3. Grooming establishments….scared of buzzing clippers, etc.

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  185. Cathy Giraud says:

    I have two miniature Dachshunds…Bailey..3 Years old, and Spencer…not sure of his age, but the Lady we bought him from, in February 2014, said he was a year old… We have tried continuously to contact her, for we also do not know what, other than he was neutered, shot’s etc. that he may of had…she never answers or calls us back. I’ve had Bailey since he was 10 weeks old, I bought him from a Breeder, who said she had papers on him and she would mail them to us…she never did. He was a happy go lucky puppy, but after training him on potty pads, we tried taking him outside, and he was totally afraid…and he still is. He doesn’t like going out at all, not for walks, or in the car..nothing…when strangers come to the house, he runs and hides in his kennel…if I say “Want to go for a walk or in the car”, he also runs to his kennel.. oddly enough, thunder or lightning does not affect him. Now with Spencer; After I got him home, I noticed that he was very skinny, his ribs and even his hip bones protruded…he obviously was mistreated…He is very afraid of strangers, especially Men, but instead of running and hiding, he barks fear-sly, and has even nipped at people. He calms down if the person talks softly to him and after getting to know the person he doesn’t go after them as much. He is VERY protective of me…he has, from day one, been very close to me. I love my fur-babies very much, and I hate that they have these fears!! 🙁

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  186. Ausie Deb says:

    Hi Chet

    My Border Collie is frightened but Garage Roller Doors in motion. Particularly the one that are manually opened and closed. She got scared of one on Christmas day last year as a 12 week old puppy and that fear has only gotten worse.
    If I open mine while she is in sight.. she runs terrified and finds something to hide under and shuts down for hours or until the next day.. she wont eat or pee or anything.
    this has also been a concern at the fenced dog park with someone lifting their roller door up across the street, she ran for the exit and tried to go under the gate..

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  187. Debi Hill says:

    I teach puppy classes at a non profit dog training club. I am a strong believer in the need for good, early, puppy socialization. But, unfortunately, many times the puppies aren’t brought to class until they are close to 6 months, and many have not been in a social setting until the first night of class. I have tried setting up a barricaded section for the shyer or more fearful dogs, so they aren’t feeling bullied by the more outgoing pups. I try to encourage the owners to only reward braver, more outgoing behaviors and not to coddle the fearful dogs, but it can sometimes be like talking to a brick wall. The owners are often so anxious for their puppies that they just aggravate the situation. I have often kept them after all the others have left, and tried to just socialize them with my own, well socialized and gentle Sheltie. I feel so bad for these fearful pups, they obviously aren’t enjoying themselves for the first several weeks of class, though they all have managed to adept, and even enjoy coming by the end of the classes, I’d like to know any methods that might allow them to adapt earlier and get more out of the classes.

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  188. My 3 year old sheltie is so scared of noise,thunder and fireworks, we’ve had a few shelties over the years,but although they don’t like loud bangs,they have never been so afraid, she trembles terribly and pants even when noise has stopped, we’ve tried everything except pills,but we’ve had to get some this time from vet in preparation for new year fire works, any help please, we’ve tried aroma pet ,thunder shirt,cuddling, no use,

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  189. Elizabeth says:

    I have the same problem as Angela Smith, viz:

    Angela Smith writes: My dog is fearful to the point of aggression towards people and dogs, especially out in the street, once people are in our yard and we have told them to ignore her she is fine. Success to me would be our dog being relaxed on her walk, not worried about every dog or human she sees, and being able to take her more places with us.

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  190. scott robertson says:

    we are lucky none of the 3 dogs we have are afraid or anything but I think the one Zoey oldest Girl other 2 boys she is afraid of the vacuum cleaner she barks non stop and trys to bit the vacuum

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  191. Brett says:

    I’am writing in hopes for several of my friends dogs, since luckily my Boykin has shown no problem yet. They are “gun shy”. These are very good retreiver’s, with great hunting blood lines that show very good ability to hunt. But the sound of gun fire makes them cower and hide. It’s ashame that these dogs can’t do what should come so natural to them. Yet even they’re litter mates have no problem. I have heard that either a dog IS gun shy or it isn’t. That not what I think. Any help would be appreciated.

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  192. Peggy says:

    We have different dogs with different fears. One fear that is common with 3 of the dogs here right now is vacuum cleaners. The smallest dog, A chihuahua mix goes into panic mode, the biggest dog, a shepherd/beagle cases the vacuum. Stays as close to the operator as possible.

    Then there is the fear of being left in a kennel. My daughter’s Husky/shepherd mix is still a puppy of 8 months old. If she is put in her kennel she whines, rocks it around and will drool. Now granted she isn’t put in there very often, but if we are going to the store or something, she destroys things if left out. She can’t be alone, or she gets separation anxiety to the point of tearing up anything she can find. She pooped on my bed one time she was left. Mind you there are 5 dogs in the house right now. (I only have two).

    So there….some of the fears.

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  193. Shelley Johnson says:

    My 3 year old Maltese is scared of a car ride. The day we picked her up on the top of a Mountain, she panicked when we got into the car and started down the mountain. She even threw up (never did that again).
    I have a thunder shirt, that helps but is not the answer. If we take a long car ride, I have to give her meds to keep her from panting, yawning with a funny noise and shaking. Major stressed.
    However, put her in a chest carrier and take her for a bike ride, she is in heaven. Yes, I tried the chest carrier in the car. Put her in the stroller and she loves that too.
    In the car I have tried, whispering, singing, talking, I get stern, I hug, I have tried everything. When she is so upset she will not eat a treat. Once the meds kick in she lays on my lap like a perfect little angel and looks at us as if to say, “who was the shaky dog?”.
    Any suggestions I have missed?
    Mitzi’s Mom

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  194. Anne Marie says:

    Hey chet…I have a 90# full bred pit bull named Keela. she is the apha and a hog hunter so needless to say when I found she is terrified of thunder storms I was a bit perplexed. This is NOT just a fear. I live in Florida and in the summer we have boat loads of storms. I used to be able to put her in her penn and go to work. she tore that penn up getting out of it so I bought a bigger stronger one and spoke to my vet who suggested to give her anti anxiety meds….BAD IDEA!!! found out the hard way that miss Keela has an adverse reaction meaning instead of getting calm…you guessed it…the opposite occurred. SHE ATE AND DUG HERSELF OUT OF THIS BRAND NEW $200.00 PENN. any suggestions??? thanks for your time

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  195. Christina Stockinger says:

    1. My Lab Mix, female, 2 years used to get extremely crazy, when she met horses, she pulled and barked, it was awfull. What I do not know if she had this behaviour out of fear or something else. I then tried to make her sit.This worked just for two seconds,but then she began again with pulling and barking wildly. The next time I made her sit about 20 meters earlier, but so that she could see the horses. Surprisingly she kept the sitstay and I rewarded her. It took me a few days doing this, then I tried approaching the horses some steps and it worked again. In between I can go with her to the horses and they put their noses together.

    A similar thing always happened, when someone on a bycicle or a motorcycle passed by or even a person with a wheelbarrows or something else on wheels.It was very difficult to hold her back. As I could not prepare her step by step for this like with the horses, so I began to make games with her, when I saw such a vehicle coming and rewarded her. It took me weeks doing this and it already bettered a lot, but I’ve not really succeeded yet. I am unsure, if I am on the right way or not

    2.One of my Pitbulls (female,2 years 8 months)seems to me very easily afraid. Mostly she walks quite relaxed beside me. But on other occasions she has her tail between her legs, and I cannot find out why. Other times I know the reason. It can for example be a sudden noise. She is also extremely afraid of buses or trucks, she pulls backwards with all her force(37 kg).I do not know, if it is the noise or the size the bus or the gust of windit produces or all together.

    I frequently go with her to the harbour, a little and peaceful one and we had for long time no problems, she is used to it. There regularly arrives a ferry boat, I kept her in the beginning far from it in order to accustom her with the noise and finally I could approach without her showing signs of fear. (Perhaps a bit, because she keeps pulling backwards slightly for a moment or two.) But one windy day, the ferryboat berthed and suddenly there came an extremely strong gust of wind. She was horribly confused, shocked and begann to pull in all directions and to spin like a lunatic. I saw only one choice, I pulled her upwards, so that her frontlegs were in the air and slowly pulled her away from the harbour. I’d like to learn, how to react correctly in such situations.

    On the same harbour there is a floating platform. Normally I can go there with her without any problems. But once a boat was passing by further out in the river, from there then came the waves and made the platform and the boats anchored around it pitch and toss and she again got half crazy from fear.I’d like to desensitize her very slowly, but how, sometimes things happen unexpectedly.

    Wish you good luck, preparing your course.

    Kind regards

    Christina

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  196. Bon says:

    My 11 yo Pom mix is afrid of thunderstorms and fireworks. When I’m at home, she does OK and I reward her for staying calm. The biggest issue is that when I am not at home she will pee on the floor. The thundershirt helps some but I don’t know how to resolve this issue when I can’t be around.

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  197. Kim Reilly says:

    My 2 year old adopted Aussie is afraid of the vacuum. In order for me to use it, I have to send him on a walk or cage him. He literally attacks the machine, trying to flip it over, bite it, just destroy it. As soon as he hears it start, he gets very aggressive and loud! I”ve tried just having it out in the open without turning it on, throwing treats to him while I vacuum, etc. NOthing seems to work and my house isn’t as clean as I like it to be because of his behavior.

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  198. Georgine says:

    I show dogs and I have a few that drool when we travel going to shows. I even have one who does not drool when we go home. I put a sweater on her and she has been fine since.
    I don’t think it is the show as she is wonderful at the shows.

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  199. Doreen Whalen says:

    My dog is 2 1/2 years old, about 40 lbs., and absolutely hates the car. He drools and shakes and buries his heat in the corner of the seat. He has to go in the car to go to the vet, groomers, etc. I’ve tried taking him to “fun” places, but he still hates the drive. It’s tied us down because we are hesitant to put him in the car for a long drive.

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  200. John Stefko says:

    My dog Daisy is a 1.5 year old German Shorthair that is being trained to track wounded deer blood trails and find deer antler sheds. While sighting our rifles it became apparent that she is gun shy. I would like to fix this fear if possible.

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  201. Barbara Barr says:

    I’m writing for my friend’s dog. He’s a hound/chihuahua mix. The sweetest and happiest dog in the world (pure hound). Because he was nearly two when he was rescued he is scared of people (he lived his life in no kill shelters). It takes a long time to warm up to others. In the almost two years my friend has had him, he has only let one other person into his circle of friends. In reading the other replies, one of the common problems is the lack of socialization at the proper time of the dog’s life has led to many of the fears. I don’t know if this is something that can be addressed in a training class like this. Anyway, you asked for our thoughts and this is mine.

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  202. Dixie Barker says:

    I have a 4-year-old mixed basenji/chow (female). She was a rescue at 10 weeks. As a pup, we had to leave her unexpectedly in the middle of the night to go to the hospital. A neighbor offered to let her out to go potty. When I returned the next morning, she was upstairs barking and would not come down the steps. She is afraid of other dogs mostly. She is also afraid of sudden sounds outdoors (the ears go back, tail goes down and she is pulling the leash to get home). I make her sit and try to calm her (which helps)… Giving into her fears reinforces the behavior I believe. I will continue to work with her on it. I have been told by another dog trainer that you only have a window of opportunity to take their fear(s) away. I refuse to believe it. I plan to have my dog a while and don’t want her to not enjoy the outdoors… I am determined to help her overcome this.

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  203. Donna says:

    Jill is a 5 or 6 yr old rescue Doberman and has adapted very well in the past 2 yrs but sometimes for unknown reasons she will run under the bed and be obviously afraid to come back into the living room. There will have not been a fight with the other Dobies, or any other stimuli (that I’m aware of). She is shy anyway and since she was so abused before she came to me I give her space. She is eager to please and very responsive all the other times. It breaks my heart to see her afraid, especially after how far she has progressed in the past 2 years. Any insight or help would be greatly appreciated.

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  204. Sandy says:

    Our 2 1/2 year old border collie was the runt of the litter and bullied by her litter mates. We bought her at 8 weeks and she came to us with her tail between her legs. By 6 months she was very reactive when she even saw another dog — growing, barking, snapping at anyone/anything near. We have worked very hard at dealing with her fear aggression. It is better, but we still have a long way to go. (We’ve been working with a behaviorist trainer and have had her in numerous group classes where she is isolated in her own litle area — cannot see other dogs, but they are in the same room. She’s currently in agility training.)

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  205. AnnMarie says:

    We have had George since he was 8 weeks old. He has a few areas in our home that he is fearful of. If he “thinks” about it he is afraid. If he doesn’t “think” he shows no fear. I can see when he is thinking. He is also afraid of stairs. Won’t go up or down.

    I have used treats and play to show him these places are not something to be afraid of and while this is going on he responds. But then he goes back to thinking and is afraid again.

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  206. Geri says:

    Peaches, now 3 yrs. old is terribly frightened of thunder, my ironing board and the vacuum cleaners. Thunder, because Florida has the loudest, I’m sure…but on two occasions, my ironing board fell and crashed to the floor, so now everytime she sees me get the ironing board out, she pants, paces and tail goes between her legs..same behavior when the vacuum cleaner comes out, yet, nothing ever happened when the vacuum cleaner was used, and I always made a point not to scare her with it, or chase her with it.
    I would love to know what to do for her to “undo” her fears.

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  207. John says:

    Lily is afraid of thunder, fireworks and loud wind. She is also afraid of riding in the car on the highway. The car on the highway may also be because of the road noise at higher speeds. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

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  208. Jill Myers says:

    My one year old Irish Setter, Dani, is afraid of some strangers in public and not of others. She growls at some people and not others.
    She is afraid of any new object in the house and if we move things around.
    Dani is very timid – very, very sweet & loving to people she knows however.
    I have had her since she was 8 weeks old & she has never been abused. She was, however, the runt of a litter of 14 & after I got her I learned the breeder (not a puppy mill) kept her separated from the other puppies & fed her by hand because mom dog had 13 other larger hungry puppies
    Thank you foryour help.

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  209. PapaBob Henry says:

    My 1 yr old border collie1.
    1.) Scared of loud noise like the garbage trucks
    2.) submisive urination when sometimes scared or excited..(she is house trained for many months now)

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  210. Krystal says:

    My rescue had an inadvertent encounter with a pitbull that just does not like her and the feeling is mutual. The pit brutally attacked her and since then she begins this whining when she just senses the pit walking by out house and barking… If we are outside and the dog also comes outside my pup makes a fun or the house with hair raised whining and barking. This behavior is transferring to sightings of other dogs that use to not bother her and unfortunately we live in a neighborhood where people tend to let dogs roam free which cause chaos and pain for me….

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  211. rosemary says:

    my puppy is doing well with his training except when it comes to passing houses with barking dogs. On the street when he sees a dog coming toward him not a problem. He panics and tries to run away or between my legs almost tripping me. My older dog is afraid of loud noises she even runs when I use the clicker to train the puppy. With thunder she hides upstairs in her safe place where we have put a dog bed. One time during a thunderstorm she wouldn’t come out or eat.

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  212. Dawn says:

    My dog is a labradoodle..very calm. But she was very fearful of everything when we got her.
    Most things we have been able to work out ..however, there still are a few issues.
    She is afraid of a kennel. I have tried , but to no avail. Hence , when I travel, I cannot take her with me, so she must stay with a family friend. I will be retiring soon, and would like to fly her to our second home..but can’t imagine putting her in a kennel, in the belly of a plane. Her second issue..loud noises such as a vacuum or wind. At the sign of either of these, she runs and hides. Hence, the sound of a plane AND being in a kennel would terrify her.

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  213. Sharon says:

    I have a year old miniature Schnauzer who is very fearful of other dogs as well as people. She barks non stop at the dogs and runs away from people. I’ve never had a dog like this, maybe it’s because she was not socialized well as a puppy, I got her when she was 5 months old.
    HELP

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  214. nona says:

    my dog is scared of water.

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  215. Nancy says:

    Definitely…the trash truck and skateboards. He goes crazy if he sees someone even carrying a skateboard. Jack Russell terrier.

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  216. Carol says:

    I’ve worked on helping my dog get over his fears. When he’s afraid of something he barks and barks. I’ve had him outside with me with the yard man, smelling him, the leaf blower, etc. He calmed down for a while but it’s time to try again. He seems afraid of everything (a bag on the counter, a new picture on the wall, etc)! If possible I try the same strategy I used above. I just can’t seem to desensitize him. How do I get him to not freak out over something new or the FedEX/UPS/USPS trucks/people (who are here or across the street daily)? My other dog is afraid of men. She doesn’t cower, but she barks and runs upstairs. She won’t come meet them, just keeps her distance and growls. Most she has met several times and she seems to be getting worse. She loves my husband and brother. Both are rescue dogs so I don’t know their history before we got them. We’ve had them 5 years.

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  217. Susan Teeters says:

    My dog is fearful of new people. She barks
    continuously until she sees they are OK. She also barks everytime an outside door in the front of the house is opened. Can I get your how to stop barking course? It says sold out. I really need it. Thanks

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  218. Patty says:

    We adopted a Black Lab (mix, they say, but I don’t see it)from our local shelter in June 2013. They said she was 1 1/2 yrs old and she was fostered out. We all went to meet her, my husband, grown son and our 7 yr old cocker spaniel and me of course. We were told that she was found (with siblings) in the woods and appeared to have been there for months, missing the socialization stage that pups usually have. The foster mom had a few other fosters and 3 of her own dogs, lived alone and seemed to have a busy schedule and wasn’t around a lot as it took us 4 days to finally meet the dog. Long story short we got her and she is fearful of a lot of things, especially people. The one saving grace is that she has never been aggresive in any way. I took her to a few classes but that was so stressful for the both of us, as she was afraid of going out the front door, getting in and out of the car, going to the vet and any one but us coming into the house.(And just getting used to us and her new home took several weeks of just letting her find her own way.) She is a beautiful dog and gets along with our other dog and us just fine. But let someone new come in and she makes a bee-line to her crate. She loves the (fenced) back yard but will bark that strange “who are you?” at the neighbors while backing away if they happen to be outside. The lawn mower doesn’t seem to bother her, but she was afraid of the log spliter but now she just watches from a distance. I would love to be able to walk her around the block but she just wants to find a hiding place if going out the front door. I’m only 5’2″ and I can’t handle 55lbs or so of muscle pulling to hide. Any suggestions would be great!

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  219. dave p says:

    We have a 9# Coton who is barking all the time at people walking by, TV animals, and other dogs on our walks. She seems to be afraid of new things and barks so much she will not even know we are there. I have your Hands Off Formula but the 4 things listed don’t seem to help. We need more help. Thanks

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  220. Carol says:

    I got my male corgi when he was 8 weeks old and have never hit or swung anything at him. He jumps away when I pick up my purse, a coat or blanket acting as if I’m going to hit him. Also, he does not like for you to hold him close or step over him. He does not get aggressive but just plain afraid.

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  221. I have a Yorkie and I’ve had her since she was 8 weeks old. On February 2nd she will be 2 years old. Se is anxious (maybe not afraid) every single time the furnace comes on, be it air or heat. She has a fit, jumps to the vents and turns around and aroundand the only thing that stops her is a treat. After she finishes the treat its right back to the vent and her little fit.
    She loves the vacuum cleaner and the floor mop. I can’t get her to stop so I can do my work. Another then she seems to be scared of is spray. If we should spray (hair spray, bathroom spray or floor spray) she has a real anxiety attack. I worry about her anxiety attack with that more than the furnace. Her little heart is beating so fast when we spray something. I can’t catch her to show her its ok. She is running around like crazy and smelling everywhere.

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  222. Elizabeth Campbell says:

    my dog is afraid getting in a vehicle and riding.

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  223. Frank Silva says:

    My male dog (mini schnauzer) has fears of vets and toe nails trimmed. Few years. back someone gave me gift card to get him clipped. So I took him to Pet Luv here in Spring Hill, FL. When I got him home I looked him over and he was bleeding bottom side of both ears and bleeding on his body around both front legs. I just got him to let me clip him but not the toe nails. The vet office one time put a muzzle on him the hard kind and it was too big and it dug into his eye they pulled it real hard and he was crying and they didn’t notice that it was in his eye. I have to take him back to the vet in January for shots and tags. I do it every 3 years. He is the smartest dog I have worked with. I hope you can help him and myself. Thank you very much. I have been using your training method and it works.

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  224. Lori says:

    I have two brothers which are beagle/corgi mix, they are three years old. They have been through basic training, but we are still working on leave it! The smaller dog is very sweet but fearful of anything he doesn’t recognize. He is fine with people, but NOT small children – he is afaid and growls. This is terrifying to me, and he has to be locked up when my young niece visits. Also seemingly randomly, the neighbor’s small dogs that walk past our house several times a day cause him to become aggressive, but not other dogs. I can’t have small children around him to train him with, and I don’t know what to do.

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  225. Suzi says:

    I rescued my dog at the age of 2. Her behaviors and fears have seemed to escalate over the past couple of years. About 90% of the time she is a sweetheart, but she is extremely aggressive at vets and groomers or when I try to clip her claws. I took her to a behaviorist who suggested that in her early life someone had kicked her because she is very skittish around feet. Sudden touches affect her like if I brush against her with a foot and she bites so quickly I can’t get away. I have to lock her out of the bedroom or she will burrow under the covers and then bite my feet in the middle of the night. I was told that she will never be a social dog and that makes me sad. She is good with friends but only up to a point – all of a sudden she growls and bites for no apparent reason. It does not appear to be pain or illness related.

    Help.

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  226. Anna Peele says:

    Angela Smith’s response is mine – additionally, territorial on walk – beserk at other dogs – out of control. Territorial at home but fine w most people once they are inside and ignore Bear. Lhasa Apso – 3yrs old, had since 9 weeks.

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  227. Mike Steger says:

    My dog, an 8 months old male black lab, does not seem to be afraid of any noises. As a puppy I introduced Bear to all sorts different noises that I could think of (vacuum cleaner, gun shots, pans, thunder, etc.). He can be cowed by an aggressive dog that grows at him or is large (great Dane). He is not aggressive and loves to meet people or other dogs. When walking, he really pulls hard on the leash when we encounter someone. Do I really need to fix his “fear”? Mike

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  228. Cory Gray says:

    I adopted a rescue border collie who had been badly abused by the breeder and children. Tall men and kids and bicycles are a triggers for him. Surprise–he barks at them and I think he is trying to protect me.

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  229. Rita Pearce says:

    I am not sure if JJ our 10 month old mastiff mix is responding to fear or aggression from fear. He will be laying in the house when all of a sudden he will jump up barking and growling and looking out the windows. Sometimes we might have heard a slight noise but other times we do not hear or see anything. He sounds very intimidating. I have tried different ways to correct him but so far nothing seems to work. He is pretty mouthy and as he gets older and bigger I do not want him to turn his anxiety on me or my husband. I would love to fix his this issue and also find a solution to him being so mouthy.

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  230. Tina Wing says:

    Fear of People! I just dream of the day I can introduce my dog to family and friends without worrying. I really get tired of my dog scaring my visitor’s away. Some don’t even want to come over anymore.

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  231. Frank says:

    Our 4 month old labradoodle continues to be fearful of meeting new people. She’s tries to hide and avoids letting them pet her for at least 5-10 minutes. Sometimes she growls, thankfully no biting. In many cases she will warm up and bark at them to play after 10 mins, but it always starts out very uncomfortable.

    She’s fine with other dogs and animals, just people. We’ve been socializing her and she’s improving, but we really want a dog that people can talk to and pet when they say hello.

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  232. Eva Freeman says:

    My 4 year old Manchester Terrier is fearful of people. She steers clear of everyone. Not only that, she is fearful of me and my husband. It is like she doesn’t fully trust us. Sometimes she acts as if we beat her. I have never hit her, nor has anyone else. If anything she has only been scolded with a stern “NO”. I have worked hard on socializing her since the day I got her. She is a “Flyball” dog so she is always around other people and dogs. I don’t know what I have done wrong.

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  233. My Border Collie, Spooky is fearful of hands. It seemed to start at about 16 weeks when at a garage sale I failed to protect her from a woman who backed her into a corner with an outstretched hand. Even after picking Spooky up the woman again stretched her hand out causing Spooky to snap at it. That worked unfortunately. Now at 6 years old Spooky is aggressive toward strangers who knock at our door and still will duck and sometimes snap at hands. I keep a muzzle on her if I want her to be around people even initially at home. That calms her enough to become aquainted, but it’s nearly impossible to get her attention to calm her down when someone knocks. I practice knocking and rewarding calm behavior at least twice per week. Still she’s nuts until after people are in the door and sitting down. At that point she commences to bring them toys obsessively. I’d like to hire a kid from the neighborhood, but she’s too scary and parents don’t trust her. She has been trained to go to her mat for food, to get attention when we come in the door and anytime we give that command she complies immediately except when someone knocks. She’s calm on the leash even when other dogs approach or are barking at her. She’s learned to stay, wait, and does many tricks on command with frizbee play and and at home. We do have another dog who is very social with people and dogs. She is likewise trained, but gets excited with new people at the door. I could sure use a course to help me with this. I’m a loyal follower of Minette and Chet. Have turned on many friends too. Thanks in advance.

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  234. Elizabeth Christensen says:

    I have a boxer bulldog that is a rescue. She is 6 years old and very afraid of loud noises (fireworks, thunder, even rain when we are driving in the truck). She does not get at all aggressive, she just cowers.

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  235. Jane says:

    Callie, my nearly 3-yr old mixed Beagle/Sheltie was a shelter dog more than once. I’m sure she got the little scar on her nose, possibly had a broken nose in one of her encounters with either a bad person or dog. She gets very agitated (either fear or protective aggression) when she sees certain dogs. This makes a typical walk difficult. What works best for us is to have her on a vested leash — the comfortable vest fits around her body with a leash loop at the top of her neck. She knows how to twist her body and head around to get her head out of the collar and leash that is not attached to her body. That scares me that she’ll get away from me and attack. I always keep my cell phone with me, in case there is a physical problem. I constantly assure her that everything is OK — I crouch down in front of her, blocking her view of the other dog, and quietly talk to her, trying to get her to look at me, and forget about the distraction. She is usually so upset that I can’t even offer her positive reinforcement as a treat to distract her — that used to work, but as she gets older, seems like she is more set in her feelings. Too bad — all of the people where she stays overnight know what a sweetie she is — she goes to play group with other small dogs, and gets along fine with them.
    Also — she is so excited about children that she can’t interact with them — she just wants to jump on them and chase them. She weighs 35 lbs. and my grandchildren are afraid of her because she moves very fast, and they have seen me not able to control her excitement. She just wants to be with them. She searches the house for half a day, seeking out little people “smells” after they leave. It’s sad. She’s such a sweet and peaceful, loving girl when it’s just me and her — they don’t know and don’t even believe she is ever like that. I hope your new course can give me some help. I’ve done all I can. She eats well, but is very sensitive about me and my emotions. I try to not so emotion when we have a “close” encounter — I’ve even tried whistling, to distract us both–she loves for me to whistle. Doesn’t work.
    Looking forward to getting help. She doesn’t need to be punished — she’s an adorable pet,and very loving. She trusts me implicitly, but still afraid (or I’m wondering if that is just her “great smeller” + the protectiveness she feels about me and her).

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  236. Fran says:

    My Bichon has separation anxiety issues when I leave. I worry he will hurt himself with his crying, chewing etc. I have tried different things but need more ideas. I have given him my blanket, chew toys, balls etc.

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  237. Carol says:

    My 8 year old Havanese is afraid of having his nails trimmed after another groomer cut the quick. He has to be held and I do it as quick as I can.

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  238. Jennifer Tewell says:

    1. Sudden and different sounds…he barks at them or growls. If possible he hides behind us and wags his tail anxiously.
    2. Being alone/without us. Very anxious and does not relax…pretty sure he doesn’t sleep (at least not much) chews things (which he doesn’t do when we are home)

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  239. connie says:

    My female dog is 6 yrs. old — a rescue at age 2. She is a mix of herding breeds and has some obsessive traits. She is fearful of the sound of a lawn mower, and quite a few sounds heard on TV (she “freaks out” with sounds from Jeopardy, NCIS, and several commercials). She will grab a couch pillow, her crate blanket, etc. and tear it to pieces during those times. I have several tennis size balls around, so she can grab those instead, which she does, and she then runs all around the family room with the ball in her mouth and whining.

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  240. connie says:

    My dog is a 6 yr. old female — rescued at 18 months. She is a mix of herding breeds, and has quite a few obsessive traits (e.g.,running in circles under the skylight). She is fearful of lawn mower sounds, and “freaks out” with certain TV sounds (Jeopardy, NCIS, some commercials) — she will grab anything in sight and tear it to pieces, unless she can find one of several tennis-size balls I keep in the family room — then she will grab the ball in her mouth, crunching it and whining the whole time.

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  241. Patty says:

    I have a 9 mo. old German Shepherd who is afraid of the vacuum cleaner, the ironing board when it is standing and when I am carrying it, and a pedastool fan. She use to run as soon as I opened the closet door to the vacuum cleaner but I now have her to where she will go in the same room with it and even approach it and take a treat that is lying on it. I can move it an inch or two and turn it around and she will watch from a short distance but I cannot push it any distance or turn it on without her running to another part of the house. The main reason this is a concern is that I want to have her certified as a therapy dog when she is older and to pass the test she has to not be afraid of the vacuum cleaner.

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  242. Patty says:

    I have a 9 mo. old German Shepherd who is afraid of the vacuum cleaner, the ironing board when it is standing and when I am carrying it, and a pedastool fan. She use to run as soon as I opened the closet door to the vacuum cleaner but I now have her to where she will go in the same room with it and even approach it and take a treat that is lying on it. I can move it an inch or two and turn it around and she will watch from a short distance but I cannot push it any distance or turn it on without her running to another part of the house. The main reason this is a concern is that I want to have her certified as a therapy dog when she is older and to pass the test she has to not be afraid of the vacuum cleaner

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  243. Bonnie Lavender says:

    I have a male yorkie just at 2 yrs old. He has been kinda high strung since I got him (around 7-8 wks old). Whenever he is separated from us he is so filled with anxiety he just jumps, paces and circles going non stop until he works himself up so much he poops. But he doesn’t stop jumping and pacing. He gets the waste all over everything (himself, the floor, doors whatever his feet touches. If I put him in a kennel or smaller enclosed area, he still does the same thing. It’s driving me crazy. I can’t leave the house or if I do, I have a horrible mess to clean up when I return.

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  244. Pam says:

    My 2 1/2 year old neutered male black lab is afraid of EVERYTHING and has been since he was a puppy. He has developed a serious case of fear aggression in the past six months. We had to get a tranquilizer from the vet so he could have his annual exam because he was so hyper and snarly at the vet’s office. (He normally is fine, but this year he became aggressive) This aggressiveness seems to have manifested in degrees since he realized if he snarls and snaps, people will back away from him. If he approaches the person who is standing still and can smell them he is generally better at accepting them, but I still wouldn’t trust him not to snap if they moved. I have had three dog trainers to the house and am currently boarding him at a facility that specializes in training black labs. This condition really concerns me because it seems so foreign to the breed. We had a lab years ago and he was so gentle and loving (even thought he was 100 lbs and we had small children). I am totally unsure if there really is a program that could help my dog. We won’t let our 5 yr old granddaughter around Sebastian. He has never exhibited any signs around her, but I don’t trust him. Is there ever a dog who just can’t be trained?
    I am afraid it will have to result in his being put down. I love my dog and will try just about anything to help him. What do you think?

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  245. janet says:

    I have a 13 month old Sheltie. She is afraid of loud noises except the blow dryer and the garbage disposer. I’ve had her for 8 months. She doesn’t act aggressive or try to bite anyone but she does try very hard to get away from the noise.
    If the opportunity presented itself, she would completely leave the house and run away.

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  246. janet says:

    I have a 13 month old Sheltie. I have had her 8 months. She does tolerate some loud noises (ie. Trash compactor) but she doesn’t like most loud noises (ie. lots of noise / laughter from a group of people, hammering etc). She isn’t aggressive she just tries to run away from the sound. In the past she has completely run out of the house and down the street. I would love to know how to work on this.

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  247. I hava a 10 year old Greyhound, that is about as good as can be. His only problem, he has had since we got him at 2 years old is he is affraid of small dogs and small children.

    He never becomes agressive, he would rather go away, far far away. Larger dogs and people he has no problem with getting to know them.

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  248. Mike says:

    My 4 month old Belgian Malinois female is afraid of many things, like skateboarders, loud noises, trash trucks, people in the distance, etc. and when we are out for a walk, she will stop in her tracks and refuse to move, until the noise, thing or person goes away. I don’t know if I should turn around and go the other direction with her or make her face her fears. I hope that she grows out of it after she has a little more experience with things.

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  249. Amber Jamison says:

    My wired hair year and a half old puppy is afraid of everything. We were attacked when he was 9 weeks old. He won’t ride in the car, he’s afraid of when the central heating and air turns on, he loves going on walks but I often have to pick him up if dogs are loose or if dogs are barking, he is afraid of me making his food and runs away when I put it down for him to eat. He’s afraid of water, strangers, loud noises, literally everything. I don’t know how to help him

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  250. Shirley Lewis says:

    We have a 2 year old boston terrier male. I don’t know if it is fear of territorial. He gets aggressive if the doorbell rings or if someone knocks on the door. We have to keep him away from people that comes in. We don’t know what to do for this. We hate to think of having to get rid of him .

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  251. Kim says:

    Hi, I have a 3 yr old Macedonian shepherd female that I rescued almost 2 years ago. although she has come leaps and bounds from what she was, when I first got her, she still has trust issues with anyone approaching her, that she hasn’t accepted. Beaten and starved till she was almost a year, and brought to Ontario from Macedonia. Two homes later I got her and am dealing with her aggressive (fear based issues) If someone approaches her she becomes defensive and snarls, or looks her in the eyes, however I totally trust her, she has never been aggressive or anything but loveable with me, but around others she has not accepted, I can not trust her.

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  252. gretchen says:

    My poodle Lily seems to be afraid of ‘entries’. For example, if going to the neighbors house, she is fine approaching the house until we get to the doorway. At that point, she will drop down, almost to her belly, and be very reluctant to go any further. It’s a bizarre behavior and I’m not sure what she’s afraid of specifically or how to remedy it.

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  253. Lynda says:

    My 8 yr old Eskie that I have had for 2 years is afraid to go down our basement stairs. We practice stairs with her outside when on walks and she knows how to do them. I tried putting cheese at the landing and down a couple steps. She only took the ones not close to the first step. I also see her outside looking down our very deep window wells cautiously with most her body away and barely her nose looking in. She won’t let us pick her up so I can’t bring her downstairs.
    Fire works scare her, she runs to,the house immediately but she isn’t bothered by thunder.
    I don’t know if the next problem is fear based nor do I know what to do about it. She will not let my husband or I look for ticks nor pull them off. In fact she gets suspicious if when petting her with one hand and you add the other hand. If we try to do any checking on her for any reason she starts yelping, which then goes to biting. Sometimes she escalates to barking at us and baring her teeth if we still are trying to get her to let us help her. We can’t bath her with out the muzzle which she no longer allows.
    I know she is trainable because we couldn’t brush her when we got her but now she will tolerate that some but all the time giving you the warning ugly face. Also she wouldn’t let me wipe her paws when wet, but now she and I have a treat based way of getting that done.
    She was my deceased mom’s dog and I know she did not have trouble doing grooming type things with her. Perhaps she doesn’t really trust us. We are really good to her but do not spoil her as much as my mom did although she is gradually getting more privileges.

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  254. Wanda says:

    Our dog is a 5 year old german shepherd border collie mix, she is nervous of strangers. When she is inside she barks at any vehicle or person who is near our house. Barking and snarling is scary for those that are not accustomed to her, and deafening to those of us in the house. Outside she shies away from people she doesn’t know and hides between my legs.

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  255. Rubel says:

    Fear aggression. Both dogs were ONLY out of doors at all times with an open box in their yard for “shelter” from even terrible lightening storms. They are 90 lbs. and 15 lbs., possibly 4-5 yrs. by now, intact, and I was/am uncertain about neutering–hear both sides’ possibilities. When neighbor abandoned them last year, I took them in, especially to stay together because the officer was on the way to separate or kill them. It took more than half a year to stop shuddering at touch or running away from sweeping the floor. Should have started real training right away. Should have learned to be leader right away. Now the SharPei/Mastif is attacking his roughcoat Terrier/Russell-look, who has been on his back from before they were mine. I know that things can be better even than before when they were generally friendly with each other. I just don’t know how. I am going right now to bring OkseOrange back from boarding at the Vet’s and don’t want to make things worse. If there were a corner to turn and reintroduce them. FrisbineFortune is so afraid now and I want to assure them. Haven’t owned a dog since a kid and never more than one. I am so happy to have these two–they are Champions to me.

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  256. Rubel says:

    Fear aggression. Both dogs were ONLY out of doors at all times with an open box for “shelter” in a small yard, even during terrible lightening storms. They are 90 lbs. and 15 lbs., possibly 4-5 yrs. by now, intact, and I was/am uncertain about neutering–hear both sides’ possibilities. When neighbor abandoned them last year, I took them in, especially to stay together because the officer was on the way to separate or likely kill them for health stuff. It took more than half a year to stop shuddering at touch or running away from sweeping the floor. Should have started real training right away. Should have learned to be leader right away. Now the SharPei/Mastif is attacking his roughcoat Terrier/Russell-look, who has been on his back from before they were mine. I know that things can be better than even before, when they were friendly with each other. I just don’t know how. I am going right now to bring OkseOrange of O’er back from boarding at the Vet’s and don’t want to make things worse. He is awfully scared now and I think I have confused him by not getting help right away. If there were a corner to turn and reintroduce them I’d be there with them now. FrisbineFortune of Far is so afraid, and I want to assure them both. Haven’t owned a dog since a kid and never more than one. I am so happy to have these two–they are Champions to me.

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  257. Ginna Holmes says:

    My dog is afraid of all my family members that met her the day I brought her home. I rescued…. her from a breeder. .she’s two. A grand champion. But terrified of my family. Obviously not family socialized. But handled everything at the show just fine. No family member did anything wrong, I was there. She handles other people ok. Cautious but friendly. I have tried bait, ignoring, etc. I am at a loss. I have trained dog for 40 yrs. this is so frustrating.

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  258. Betty says:

    Our 3 year old cocker spaniel seems to be a fear machine: people, noises, dogs, high wind, even me or my husband moving about in another room can start her barking. We bought her from an out of state breeder and had her shipped by plane to us. That 6 hour process when only 8 weeks old might have set the stage for the problems we have now.

    We have tried (And are still working with) professional dog obedience trainers, behavior help, medication, socialization, and our own methods to help her not be so afraid or nervous, but to no avail. Help!

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  259. Janet says:

    Our house burned down July 17/13 out dogs had to be put in a kennel
    for over 28 days. We finely found a house to rent and brought them home. Now all of the sodden we have jumping ruing in the house exacta. They are charging papal barking everything. I have tried so hard to stop this with no success. Velvet is a Labradodle 4 years old and JJ is a Bischine Frias 2 years old. We finely moved in April of this year to our new home. How can I fix this because now it is even happening when I walk them they are growling at kids and ready to charge at other dogs. Now when we walk our dogs were there are not to many papal and other dogs.
    HELP

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  260. Juanita says:

    Riley, my 1 yr. 9 mth. old Bernese Mountain Dog mix, often gets jumpy if he hears a small sound in the woods. Once in a while he barks at people and vehicles. And my family often laughs at him because he acts “scared”. He also gets excited and makes a lunge to get to other dogs when he sees them. I put him in the garage for the night (he’s an outside dog) but he either gets anxious or something. He scratches at the door and and makes it a mess. But I like to keep him in for the night during the winter because he just curls up and shivers when I let him out. I try to have training time with him, but I’m busy with other stuff, too. I wanted to join the class this January, but I couldn’t pay that much.

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  261. Brittany says:

    Hi,
    I have a 10yr old Pitbull mix who has EXTREME separation anxiety. I have trained him and for the most part he’s a perfectly behaved dog. He follows me EVERYWHERE to the point if I stop in mid walk he’ll run into me. I’ve tried to help him by having other people in the house feed, walk, and let him out but when I leave he whines and lays on our landing. That’s not to bad UNLESS everyone’s leaving… Then he turns into this crazy dog! He’ll chew on doors, rip the door trim off and he doesn’t stop until someone comes home. One time on Halloween we all left to go trick or treating and our second floor window was open less than an inch and he managed to get it open, push the screen out, and was on our roof!!! When we came home I was so scared he was going to jump but luckily he didn’t and went inside to the door. That time I was lucky, that time he didn’t hurt himself but he has plenty of other times. He’s chewed straight through both sides of a plastic baby gate after he managed to get out of the room we kept him in. His mouth was so torn up that his tongue has little pieces missing on the tip of it and the inside of his mouth is scarred. It’s gotten to the point where we moved into a larger home so we can have roommates so someone can be home at all times. We’ve also tried getting him a “friend” which is our cat and now a puppy to try to help him with his loneliness which has helped a little but he now howls and whines if for some reason everyone’s gone. We can’t sedate him due to health problems, we’ve tried long walks before we go, we’ve tried leaving for small increments at a time and increasing the length of time we’re gone and nothing has helped. How can you train a dog when his problem is when you’re gone? We would love to move into a house where it can be just us again… But until this issue is fixed, I can’t see how it is possible

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  262. Yoshie says:

    My dog Rotty cross is not good with computer. Especially when noise comes from screen. If I start watching video on my laptop, he would go hide under the bed, but can’t stay there by himself and eventually comes back and sit on my foot shaking whole time until I turn it off. He does’t have problem with TV though. My other dog Kelpie is scared of lot of things but the training is making her better. One of them is garbage truck. She is clicker trained to deal with garbage truck’s noise and ok now, until it starts moving its arm to pick up bin. Totally goes psycho. Just can’t get that one step to be total fear free. Help!

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  263. Crystal says:

    My ten year old jack Russell hears the heavy panel trucks of UPS & FedEx or the neighbor dogs barking at our mailman and she goes into a frenzy. She cries & whines, rips chunks of the door trim or fence off with her teeth and makes a “huffing” sound as she races from door to window and out to the fence. She is barely conscious of anyone speaking to her or calling her name, as fear has taken over! Off the charts tense and frantic response to these delivery men & women.

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  264. Crystal says:

    Our 10 year old jack Russell becomes frantic when she hears the panel trucks of UPS, etc. and she races through the house from door to window and out to the fence if it is our mailman. She rips chunks of the doortrim or fence off with her teeth and makes a “huffing” sound as soon as she knows a delivery person or our mailman is near.

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  265. Martinez says:

    My 18 week old shepherd is scared to ride in the car, every time I take her for a ride she pees and vomits in the car. Is it motion sickness or fear /anxiety; and how do I fix it. She has done this since she was 6 weeks old.

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  266. Cyndy Lopez says:

    Mine have trouble with dogs other dogs, and the rescue I took in over a year ago is afraid of the others here as well. Kennel fighting, barking growling to the point I have had to replace the carpet from trying to separate them when they are finished and don’t want to go out. The three dogs I have are GSD and the other two at the house with us are a mastiff/GSD and a husky.

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  267. vivek says:

    hi my mix breed dog sheero was a very playful and social dog before he slept away from the leash and could have some encounter with other dog. after this he has become over aggressive for other dogs be they stray or pet. he tries to go to them very furiously trying to break the leash. in such condition it becomes very much difficult to control the dog. i avoid punishment. just grab the collar and gove command to sit and wait until the dog passes from his position. once i tried to associate the good rewards with presence of other dog and it worked but i could not continue the practice. since i am writing to you and while writing i feel that i should continue this practice. any comment or suggestions are welcome.

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  268. Darlynn says:

    Hi Chet. We have two labs 5 & 1 1/2 that have different fear problems. The 5yr old doesn’t like buzzing insects. She had gotten bitten by a horsefly once and now will race home when one comes by her when we are on a walk(nothing like running a mile to keep up with her pace to go home). The younger lab doesn’t like sharp sounds, like a slap or gun shot. We live in the country and if she hears a shot from a long distance she trots to the house and up to her perch on the couch….nothing nudges her from the spot, even treats. Could use some help with these issues. Thanks.

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  269. Claren Harmon says:

    When I take my 7 mo old dog for a walk she freaks out when a car goes by.
    I’ve tried distracting her by stopping and giving her a treat when I hear the car coming; however, it doesn’t seem to help.

    Can this be addressed?

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  270. Roxana F says:

    Hi Chet,

    Our puppy is a scared pup. We don’t know if he was sold a few times and returned or if this is just his nature. When someone comes to the door, he runs and hides and barks. It seems we are getting some of the barking under control but the hiding has not stopped. We have never hit our dog. A few times, I confess, we have yelled at him. We tried the lease but he gets even more scared and screeches like we are trying to hurt him. Your help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Roxana F
    and Harley (6 month old, Chihuahua mix)

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  271. Emily says:

    My dog is gets very nervous of other dogs. When we approach other dogs while on a walk, she will get excited, and want to meet them, but the second they show interest in her, she backs away and hides behind me. Yet if I take her away from the dog after that, she anxiously tries to go back to them. I’d really like to overcome this so she can become friends with a few other dogs in the neighborhood since she obviously is interested in at least going up to sniff them.

    She is also afraid of my cats, and they are afraid of her. When one of them is near her, she will yawn and whimper anxiously, and will even occasionally chase them, but the second they turn around to defend themselves, she runs away. And if one of them is blocking a doorway or the stairs, she will just sit several feet away and whimper till we come and help her get past them. They do hiss and growl when she gets too close and they have tried to swipe at her a few times when she goes after them, but as far as I know, neither of them has actually scratched her. I’m sure that if she could just calm down around them, they would leave her completely alone.

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  272. karen terry says:

    I rescued a bichon that was a stray in a busy town. After having no luck at finding her owner, I decided to keep her. She was covered in sores and fleas and half her hair was missing. She also had painful spots on her. I soon found out she was terrified of popping sounds. I popped my gum soon after I got her and she jumped off my lap and ran. Anything that pops or clicks loud terrifies her. I want to train her in some areas but can’t use a clicker. She also has “unknown” fears that break my heart. She will jump up out of a dead sleep and run. One night she did this and ran into a corner. I picked her up and she was stiff as a board and crying with every breath she took and showed no response to me. It took me 20 minutes to get her calmed down. She also is fearful of someone taking her food. If I just say her name(molly) while she is eating, she will try to gulp all of it down in one bite. I would like to see these issues addressed, espedcially the “unknown” fears. I have had her for a year now and the animal hospital said she is between two and four yrs.old.

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  273. Grace says:

    Our 5 yr old lab/pointer mix doesn’t act aggressive toward people, but will bark and bark when a guest arrives… sometimes never stopping until I put him in the back bedroom. Even with those who like dogs and try to befriend him, he barks and cowers from them, especially men. When one gets on the floor with him and sits very still he will become curious and want to sniff them, but even then won’t allow them to touch him. (But he is a “lover” and cuddler when it comes to my husband and I.) Success to me would be for Spurgeon to be more comfortable around guests and for him to allow other people besides his owners to love on him.

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  274. Marilyn says:

    I have a blue healer that is terrified of a thunderstorm. She will go get in the back part of the bathtub (it’s enclosed) and lay curled up until the storm is over. She won’t be coaxed out by treats or kind words either. Other loud noises don’t bother her. I work and many times she is home with just my other dog. He is not afraid. In fact he sits in the bathroom by the tub with her sometimes. I suppose in his own way he trys to comfort her. When we are home and a storm starts, we can be loving on her and she bolts for the bathroom. That’s her comfort zone. Once the door was closed and she let out a howl that was more like a cry. It was pitiful.
    She is a wonderful pet and I want to help her.

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  275. Tim Koller says:

    My pups have not shown this, but if they do it would be bad. They are field springer’s bred for hunting and field trial. My biggest concern is that they become gun shy when we get to that part of the training.

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  276. Marri says:

    My German shepherd barks at everything – a statue, the birds, leaves, other people, dogs you name it. We put her out in the backyard and she puts her head up in the air and barks. Kinda like she has to tell everyone she is boss. She is fine at the dog park off leash

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    Minette Reply:

    Herding dogs bark at the unknown that is how they protect their flock. They key is to get their mouth on cue.

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    Marri Reply:

    Minette: I sooo appreciate you guys! I have been doing everything to try to figure out this dog and you guys are the only ones that make sense and really help! How do I go about getting her (Tasi) mouth on cue? I know I need to work slow with her, so one piece of information at a time works best for me as well as her. Chatt’s training viedos tend to give too much information too fast. I guess I am more like my dog than i thought!

    Thanks again for all you guys do!

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    Minette Reply:

    Marri,

    Read this and also read the articles that are highlighted within http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/top-5-reasons-dog-quiet/

  277. My 3lb toy poodle Bango, is a year old. I want him as my service dog. He loves people and has been very socialized to noises and places. I went out of my way to take him to the skate board park. He is not afraid of standing on the ramps, even when I stomp on them. We walk next to loud machines, truck yards, etc, no problem.

    However, when he sees or smells another animal, especially a dog, he goes crazy. He is 8″ tall, but the larger the dog the more vicious he gets. Few times he got loose from me ran to the dog, gets in his face and screams at it. He will follow a dog persistently, looking like he is picking a fight. I have a friend who dog sits. She kept him for days often to expose him to other dogs. HE will eventually be quiet, but it takes hours. When he sees that dog weeks later, he starts all over following and barking at it.

    I have another poodle (Cosmo) I got 8 weeks before Bango. He is 9 lbs, 12″ tall and 1 month older. They get along great. Cosmo has an easy going disposition and LOVES other dogs.

    I spent a fortune on classes for Bango’s aggression toward other dogs. There are some improvements. Mostly he acts like I am not there, even when I hold him up, look in his face and talk calm while trying to offer him a piece of chicken! His head is twisting to turn and his eyes are everywhere but on me. I cried often feeling I had to part with him thinking I may not be the right owner for him. Some trainers say it is my nervous energy and he is wrong for me, others say it is part of his personality and will always be a problem. Some say he is aggressive, others say he is afraid. I take a deep breath and try to be calm as we avoid conflicts, but dogs are everywhere. When I visit people with pets,it is nerve wracking to try to calm him down. It is embarrassing and upsetting i public when he goes vicious like he does at the sight of other dogs. As a service dog he must be well behaved.

    I never intended to have two dogs. I am wanting to rehome Cosmo. I feel I will get more progress with one, but it has been a toss whom to keep due to this huge problem. I need to learn to keep Bango calm around other animals.

    Bango caught me off guard with my sons cat, ran in her face barking. She attacked him. He cried running away, but was not injured. I must be in constant watch over him. It is exhausting. When no animals around he is perfect.

    I recently lost my 11yr old companion. I live alone and her loss has been unbearable for me. She was well behaved so I took her everywhere. I also taught her many tricks for fun. I had lots of confidence I could train another dog. That feeling has flown out the window. Not only has this been so discouraging for me as I never had this problem with a dog before, it is SAD to see him not enjoy life as he is so stressed when he sees other dogs. These days, dogs are in most public places. angie

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  278. My 3lb toy poodle Bango, is a year old. I want him as my service dog. He loves people and has been very socialized to noises and places. I went out of my way to take him to the skate board park. He is not afraid of standing on the ramps, even when I stomp on them. We walk next to loud machines, truck yards, etc, no problem.

    However, when he sees or smells another animal, especially a dog, he goes crazy. He is 8″ tall, but the larger the dog the more vicious he gets. Few times he got loose from me ran to the dog, gets in his face and screams at it. He will follow a dog persistently, looking like he is picking a fight. I have a friend who dog sits. She kept him for days often to expose him to other dogs. HE will eventually be quiet, but it takes hours. When he sees that dog weeks later, he starts all over following and barking at it.

    I have another poodle (Cosmo) I got 8 weeks before Bango. He is 9 lbs, 12″ tall and 1 month older. They get along great. Cosmo has an easy going disposition and LOVES other dogs.

    I spent a fortune on classes for Bango’s aggression toward other dogs. One expensive trainer shocked me by putting a strap on his neck and hung him dangling! There are some improvements. Mostly he acts like I am not there, even when I hold him up, look in his face and talk calm while trying to offer him a piece of chicken! His head is twisting to turn and his eyes are everywhere but on me. I cried often feeling I had to part with him thinking I may not be the right owner for him. Some trainers say it is my nervous energy and he is wrong for me, others say it is part of his personality and will always be a problem. Some say he is aggressive, others say he is afraid. I take a deep breath and try to be calm as we avoid conflicts, but dogs are everywhere. When I visit people with pets,it is nerve wracking to try to calm him down. It is embarrassing and upsetting i public when he goes vicious like he does at the sight of other dogs. As a service dog he must be well behaved.

    I never intended to have two dogs. I am wanting to rehome Cosmo. I feel I will get more progress with one, but it has been a toss whom to keep due to this huge problem. I need to learn to keep Bango calm around other animals.

    Bango caught me off guard with my sons cat, ran in her face barking. She attacked him. He cried running away, but was not injured. I must be in constant watch over him. It is exhausting. When no animals around he is perfect.

    I recently lost my 11yr old companion. I live alone and her loss has been unbearable for me. She was well behaved so I took her everywhere. I also taught her many tricks for fun. I had lots of confidence I could train another dog. That feeling has flown out the window. Not only has this been so discouraging for me as I never had this problem with a dog before, it is SAD to see him not enjoy life as he is so stressed when he sees other dogs. These days, dogs are in most public places. angie

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    Minette Reply:

    First off having trained and placed hundreds of Service Dogs he is not one! His anxieties and fears are going to set you up for liability where you could lose everything you own and euthanasia for him. Especially since any lawyer can see you explaining his aggession here.

    He needs to stay home and work slowly with you and simply be happy being a pet. Look into the course when it starts. It should help but it won’t change his personality

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  279. Ken says:

    I have an 18 month Golder Retriever. She is afraid of kids, particularly if they’re running around, screeming or if they’re on a bicycle, skooter, moving about. She barks, chases or goes up to them and continues barking at them. If the kid is not afraid of her, she calms down. She has never bitten anybody, but just barks. Good thing she is a small Golden.

    She will also bark when it’s dark outside as her fears are increased in the dark. Naturally, like most dogs, she notices when things are new, or out of place in her environment and will bark at them (whether it’s a garbage can at the park, or a cone, etc. which wasn’t there in the past. I understand this response, as a survival mechanism.

    Ken

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  280. My Golden is deathly afraid of tall men and when I carry the garbage out with her or any other bag I’m carrying.

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  281. Debbie Carlson says:

    My current/new rescue dog Reilly is a 2-year old American Bulldog/Rottie mix who appears to have NO fear issues at all….whew!

    However, my previous dog Maggie was a lab mix that I raised from a puppy and while she was generally fearless, she did not like to get into a car. She resisted entering the vehicle and once inside would curl up into the tiniest “dog doughnut” she could manage where she would tremble and pant loudly the whole trip. I never figured out what caused the fear, but whether we were going 5 miles or 25, it was an ordeal. Fortunately, she was more relaxed in the motorhome, but even then she wanted to be in my passenger-side footwell on my feet.

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  282. Frank says:

    Our dog has a fear of water & loud sounds.

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  283. Kathy Cotreau says:

    About a year ago I was assaulted as a black man broke into my room. My service dog, Brenda, witness the assault and went into hiding. Since that time she will growl at any black man she does not know. Brenda is almost 2 years old now, but at the time of the assault she was just over a year old.

    Also, since that time, she has become insecure whenever I leave her, even for just a moment. I recently was hospitalized overnight. My boyfriend, whom my dog loves, took her for the night. She would lay her head on his chest and whimpered for several hours before she finally fell asleep. Whether this is related to that assault or not I don’t know. But there may be other times I have to leave her when I am hospitalize and I would hate for her to feel insecure when I am not around.

    Brenda was a stray that I adopted and trained myself to be a service dog for me. Perhaps this insecurity is related to the days when she was a stray, but it seems strange that it is only since the assault that she has become so insecure (I was hospitalized once before as the result of a fall and she was okay with that – a local kennel took her in during my hospital stay and she responded well to them).

    Any suggestions as to how I can make her feel less insecure would be greatly appreciated.

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    Minette Reply:

    She needs to be retired from being a Service Dog. Service Dogs can’t growl or show aggression and if they bite they are euthanized.

    With aggression I would speak with a veterinary behaviorist that can witness the behavior.

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    Kathy Cotreau Reply:

    You totally missed the point. I am not concerned about Brenda’s growling, Brenda has never acted aggressive to anyone. She is just cautious around strange black men since the assault. She is not the type who would make any aggressive move other than growling (she hid when I was assaulted and made no moc=ves toward the aggressor). I don’t believe she needs to be retired as a service dog as she obeys my commands, even when she growls, if I tell her to stop and that it’s ok, she will stop. I once had a dog that was to be my service dog, and he was aggressive – I had to send him back because it came to a point where he bit me. That being said, I had brought him to a trained behaviorist -some help he was, HE NEVER SHOWED UP TO ASSESS THE SITUATION. I will trust the trainer I am currently working with, but wanted to hear what Chet had to say about Brenda’s insecurity when I leave her even for short periods, but especially when I am in the hospital.

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  284. Sue Mackey says:

    Sophie is a 6 year old Yorkie that I rescued in June from a puppy mill. She is wonderfully docile and hardly ever barks. BUT she is deathly afraid of my husband. (He has always been kind to her) She is afraid of all men.

    Thanks.
    Sue Mackey
    Lakeland, FL

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  285. Cindie Boyd says:

    We have a Siberian Husky, he has the sweetest disposition, he will allow a child to pet him as long as the child is alone and comes up slow, and is not loud. However if there are two or more and the run up, he wants to run away, if not for his leash he would have. I try to reassure him, and tell the children they have to speak softly, and approach slowly. He tolerates this for about 30 seconds then he wants to run again.
    My fear is, in the way I am trying to show him that the children in our neighborhood are good, (we have no small children in our home)he may bite one of them. I had to stop him from snapping at one child. He snapped at a teenaged boy, he really did not like the boy, but he did not leave teeth marks or anything.

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    Minette Reply:

    I am worried for you and your dog. You need to take him to a veterinary behaviorist so that they can witness the behavior and make sure everyone is safe.

    If your dog bites a child he is likely to be euthanized. If anyone knows that you know he has aggressive tendencies and still allow him to socialize with children you are culpable.

    I would stop allowing any children in his space and make him comfortable with them at a distance. He may never get to a place that he allows or even tolerates being petted by them; but I can’t see him and his behaviors that is why you need a veterinary behaviorist to see it and help you.

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  286. Steve Smuck says:

    My G Shepard is very afraid of pops like fireworks, gun shots, thunder etc.

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  287. Denise Burdine says:

    I have a chocolate lab he is now 6 years old, his name is Jarhead. Although he is about 95 lbs. he is not overweight, but large boned. He has a very gentle way about him and considers me his alpha dog. have another smaller rescue dog and a cat. He loves to play with other dogs and run with me. I have had numerous labs in the past and feel fairly well educated about training dogs. Jarhead was very skidish when he first arrived at 6 weeks of age . He was afraid of noises, people, other dogs just about everything, over time and lots of work he improved. He actually has proven to be so smart and attentive sometimes I think he is human. The problem we have is the major separation anxiety when I leave him. We have a routine when I go to work and he does well but I cannot leave him anyplace else other than our home. This we have learned to deal with. However in the last couple of years he has become very afraid FOR ME whenever I exercise, or dance. Its very odd. He will become irate barking pulling at my clothes and biting my arm to make me stop. I have tried slowly introducing the elliptical by just sitting on it and he is just as out of control. Any ideas I would welcome! Thank you.

    Denise Burdine
    Kingsport, Tennessee

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  288. Anne Bailey says:

    My 2 year old dog abby is terrified of fire works and loud noises. We have resorted to a a blanket that you are supposed to wrap around her it resembles a dog sweater when it is on and it is supposed to keep her calm but so far not helping we are worried that she will runaway because she is so afraid, we travel a lot in our moter home and would like some help!

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  289. Lynette says:

    We bought a Rottweiler puppy, named her Xena, born 17 Jan 2014, from the Von Hugo Breeders. Lovely puppy and could her take her home ob 1 March 2014. Due to the heat that time, the breeder had a small pool for the puppes (9) to cool down as well as air condition. The owner said that out puppy love the water. Great – we do have a pool at home, she’ll enjoyed it! She did enjoy running around the pool. When my husband decided to go for a swim, Xena was again running around the pool and the next minute my husband caught her and drag her into the pool. She then put up a fight to get out, torn his pants and was quick to get out of the pool. AND THAT WAS THE LAST TIME! She does not trust him any more at the pool, wait outside and look through the vibricrete wall. She’ll onoy go in if he’s not there and I water the plants. Bought even a kiddies small pool, but she laid far in a distance for my husband was lying against the pool, calling her closer, but did not work. The steps was not taken to introduce her into the pool. How can I go about to teach her slowly, for she trust me. Upir assistance will be appreciated. Thank you kind regards Lynette

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  290. arlene says:

    I have a very loveable mixed beagle/dachshund named Izzy, I got her as a puppy, she is now 8 years old. she loves to be outside, but only in her own back yard. I want to take walks with her but she will only go about two houses down either way then head back home. she is afraid of dogs larger than her (she is 38 pounds)she gets aggressive with them, barks and pulls away, can’t figure it out. when she was about 2 yrs old a larger dog did scare her, but never hurt her??? could that be it?

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  291. Ulla says:

    Hi,
    we have a three year old golden doodle. He has a number of fears. A year ago, while we boarded him with friends, he got really badly attacked by their alpha female older black Labrador. She bit his throat and nearly killed him. He healed up over two months, and their is no problem touching his throat – but he has become aggressive towards and fearful of some dogs – often black, larger dogs. He has also developed a great fear of riding in cars, and will need to sit on someone’s lap panting all the way.
    Aside from this he has always been fearful of large dark objects on walks, certain stairs, etc.
    Curious to see what advice you will give? Happy New Year!

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  292. WOW, I don’t have enough space to list them all. But the biggest and most troublesome is one of my own doing and it is of children. My dog is a year and a half old miniature poodle. His exposure has been 99% negative due mainly to neighbor children and worse my 2 year old grandson he was around only once. Not all exposure has been bad but in his eyes all children are load, aggressive and very, very scary. He has discovered biting as a solution to big adults scaring him and I am seriously working on that with a personal trainer but still feel any additional information with children would be helpful. I DO keep him on leash and a muzzle always around children but would really like to feel in control when we take a walk and a little child is across the park playing that he won’t tense and become so distracted that the walk has to be ended. I have not had a dog in the household before as the only dog. He gets all his cues from me and not from another dog. I have toyed with the idea of a companion dog for him so he would not worry so much about everything happening thus happening to him or him having to be the only one to entertain himself when I cannot. I don’t know if this feeds his fears or not and would like some input on that as well. Thanks for this information!

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  293. madison says:

    my dog is not afraid of storms but of the rain itself and of water puddles but loves the pool.

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  294. Helen Pasciuta says:

    My dog is afraid of the vacuum and bites it. I have to put her outside. She is also afraid of my phone, when I try to take her picture she hides on the stairs. We’ve had her since she was 8 weeks old.

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  295. We have two dogs who are extremely afraid of the weather. Rainy, thunder and lightning weather. I know when there will be a storm or even just a short downpour when they come and try to hide under my legs or behind the couch. I do know, and have heard of, other dogs with this same phobia.

    I would appreciate your help in this regard.

    Kind regards,
    Concerned “Fraidy Cats” owner.

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  296. Pat says:

    I have two dogs who were rescued as feral puppies. They are fine with my immediate family but are terrified of anyone they don’t know. Ever after numerous visits they will still react fearfully to friends or extended family when they come over, barking in a fearful/aggressive way every time the “stranger” moves. I tell visitors not to look at or interact with the dogs but I worry that if someone tries to touch these guys when they’re fearful, they might bite. I should add they behave equally fearful of strangers whether they’re together or apart.

    I’ve tried taking them out to public places but they are big dogs, collie/pyrenees mixes, and they will drag me across a lawn to get away from the scary people. Any suggestions?

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    Minette Reply:

    Stay tuned for our upcoming fear program that will be released in the next month or two

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  297. my dog is terrified to get in the car.can you help?

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  298. Glenda says:

    We rescued a female chahuahua about a year ago. She has only barked about 3 times – so we know that she chooses NOT to bark.I understand that some do not ever bark. She is afraid of 99.9% of things — small noises, small rustling of a plastic bag, some people in our family, when the doorbell rings- it doesn’t matter if she is sleeping on her favorite chair, she jumps down, with her head held low and quickly runs away to seek a hiding place! She would leave from eating her food if certain people in the family enters the room. I am the only one that she does not fear! She belongs to my teen daughter, and even sleeps in her bed, but she often runs away when my daughter calls her, and she runs and hide behind me. Help!!

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  299. Jeana says:

    We adopted a retired Racing Greyhound last year. He’s a beautiful big boy, a bit over 3 years old, but he is having similar issues with trust, and he doesn’t seem to understand what things are in the house. Due to this, he cowers every time either myself or my Dad has something in our hand, yes even if it’s just a coffee cup. He’s terrified of anything that is a darker color, and will avoid the space if a winter coat is hanging on the back of the chair. Even without the coat there, he seems to be afraid of anything taller than him. Concequently, he spends the majority of his time outside, DIGGING. He has single handedly ruined the spacious dog run by digging holes everywhere. My Dad really loves him, but I am concerned that Charlie’s behavior is what Caeser Millan would consider ‘Red Zone.’ He came from a track in Virginia, so we don’t know what the conditions were, or if he was treated well. Based upon this fear, I highly doubt it. Adoption Foundations are supposed to handle the socialization, and house breaking of these beautiful Racers, and most do a very good job. I wish this foundation had been honest with us about his emotional issues. I would love it if you all could touch on how to help a dog who is emotionally damaged, as I believe the digging is a symptom of this fear. Thanks in advance!

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    Minette Reply:

    Digging is fun for a dog and a sign of boredom. If he was tired he wouldn’t dig.

    And, our new fear program should come out in the next month or so!

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  300. Ronald Liggett says:

    My Shepherd barks and is aggressive towards other dogs. She also growls at our other two dogs when they come near me.

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    Minette Reply:

    Our fear program should come out shortly, keep your eyes out for it!

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  301. Sandy Cryer says:

    We have a two yr old poodle when she gets in the car she starts a high pitch squealing and does not stop till let out. She was flown to our area. Wondering if that caused her fear? Looking for help as she is adorable and would love to see her enjoy a car ride.

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    Minette Reply:

    email Dana about our fear course info@thedogtrainingsecret.com

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  302. Mark Fromeyer says:

    Load noises, which are out of sight, Vacuum cleaner, And won’t go outside went it is raining to P.

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    Minette Reply:

    email Dana for our fear program info@thedogtrainingsecret.com

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  303. Diane Powers says:

    We have a 7 month mixed Lab. Love her……but when we have to cage her to go out ( 1-2 hours even) she will cry and drool so much that her entire body and bottom of the cage is soaked! She is even foaming around her mouth.We put a toy in with her and she shredded it! She never does that to her toys. Put a towel of ours in …shredded it too. She is wonderful with us. Never does any wrong when we are home.Follows us everywhere we go in the house, she just wants to be with us and it very content. Tried the Thunder Jacket……did not work at all. What to do?

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    Minette Reply:

    check out our fear program. email dana at info@thedogtrainingsecret.com and she can get you enrolled

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  304. Tricia says:

    my maltipoo Stu is terrified of car rides (he drools all over my legs and freaks out whining and trying to get out) and also of being bathed which is kind of a problem… HELP!

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  305. wendy says:

    We have a beautiful 7 year old jack Russell.
    He has had 5 previous homes and we rescued him from his original owner 5 years ago.
    When anyone leaves the house he goes ballistic. Sometimes trying to bite people so they won’t go.
    We think that previous owners may have locked him in a very small room while they went to work (he hates small rooms).
    We put him outside on the verandah when we go out, he throws himself against
    the glass doors. and screams.
    There is always some food and water left when we go out.
    He will not play with toys on the verandah.
    As soon as we are in the car and drive out the short driveway he just gives a look and heats his kibbles.
    We have been told that he does not bark at all while we are away.
    He has plenty of walks, 6 ball games during the day and space to play.
    In summer he likes to sit in his ‘pool’ while we are away.
    We love him to bits but we hate hearing him like this.
    I really hope that someone has a good idea for us to help him.

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  306. Catherine Thomas says:

    I rescued a puppy of 10 weeks a little over a year ago. She is afraid of people and expresses that fear in barking and lunging at people. She also has separagon anxiety. She has been to training and I do every thing I was told by the trainertia to ease her fears. I even make her sit if I see someone approaching. I also have another dog that does the same thing. So, as you can imagine, if I am walking both it can be a difficult thing to control. Looking for additional methods to ease the 1st one’s fears.

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  307. Tammy says:

    Help my dog is so afraid of loud noises ,he shakes and hyperventilate for hours on end what can I do??

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