Fearful Dog Treatment: helping a dog with fear and anxiety

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Fearful dog? Contact Motley for our: Dog Anxiety Training. We have extensive experience with the study and treatment of fear related behavioral concerns. Want to learn how to really help your dog? It has almost nothing to do with conditioning a canine response or dog treats. dog training equipment is not required, and we will help you build a relationship with your dog that fosters confidence and will give your dog the chance to just be a dog.

Evolution Zero and Motley’s canine cognitive reframing is where we will start. What is this? Contact us now to learn how to help a puppy with anxiety, and yes it is great for older dogs too.

Age related health concerns with dogs include, depression, anxiety and aggression. We can teach you how to help your dog.


Anxiety in Dogs

This is crazy to some but, dogs suffer from the same fears, anxieties and stresses that we humans due. We are all just animals.

Major types of anxiety in all Animals

Dog specific Anxiety (dog phobia)  

Dog Generalized Anxiety  

Dog Fear Aggression 

Dog Separation Anxiety 

Dog Social Anxiety Disorder

Dog PTSD and TBI

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Puppies can have fear, aggression, anxiety or depression.
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Fearful Dog Treatment
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Help your dog to just be a dog, take the time to stop and smell the flowers, you will get a lot out of it too.

The ways that dog expression fear, anxiety and aggression are just the same as you or I but, without all the talking. Some signs of behavioral problems are not obvious, and having an expert in Animal Behavior will help.

Things like over excitement, not wanting to meet or play with other dogs or people even being lazy could be indications that your dog needs help.

Not having much success with the formal commands, sit, stay heel and down? It might be poor training technique or context but, it could indicate a canine behavioral concern is beginning.

Don’t you want your dog to have the best life possible?

We are here to help dogs and their people.


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“Reactive” Dog: There is no such thing. If I laugh every time I see uncle charlie that is also a reaction, Since anxiety and fear are the leading cause of aggression, that is why it is listed here. The more significant point fear aggression or anxiety are the conditions your dog may have, they are often comorbid and require special dog training not obedience.  So, the term reactive means nothing, and psychologically you need to accept what you are dealing with. If your dog’s aggression embarrasses you, that is the 1st thing we need to get past.

Your dog comes first, and it is never the dog’s fault. However, the most important reason you need to accept and deal with your aggressive dog is because your emotional state has a big influence on your dog’s behavior.

Here is the bottom-line

If we fail there is a good chance that this dog will be, rehomed, abandoned, sent to a shelter or in extreme cases end up being euthanized which is a politically correct term for killing a dog. Just as reactive is a gentle term for anxiety and/or aggression.

A Motley Dog Basis. We do not avoid anything, we meet it head on as a team. This is why we have far better outcomes than most dog trainers.

Priming and priming effects in dogs:

Sounds crazy but, this psychological theories are similar to setting off a bomb. Did you know that when you walk around town there are cues in the environment that affect how you think and feel and this all happens without you being aware of it, called implicit. This effect maybe good or bad, it “colors” your behavior or makes you more prone to act with happiness, fear, anxiety or aggression.

Your dog works the same way. At Motley Dog Training we use this knowledge to improve all of our training, aggressive, anxious or obedience. Priming effects are supper important in our treatment methods for separation anxiety in dogs and puppies.

Separation Anxiety in dogs, our process at MDT. Developing a secure attachment and learning to understand your dog is step one, implementation of priming and cueing effects, routine and then practice. Food reward serves a very limited and supporting role.

Separation Anxiety in Dogs and Puppies

Prevent Separation Anxiety in dogs and Puppies.

Dogs, just like people, think about how to get what they want. They try it out and if they succeed then that becomes their go to, just like us. So, you have:

  1. Build a foundation that improves and manages your dog’s behavior.
  2. Work up to the episode that cues the behavior. Small victories and remember slow is fast and fast is slow. See #6.
  3. This requires that you know how to build the foundation and, when ready, face the situation that made you concerned for your dog in the first place.
  4. Consistency and commitment are required, and you have to get into a routine of helping your dog.
  5. Animal behavioral modification or elite dog training are not flexible.
  6. This is not a race, small victories. If you invest the time and are consistent and slow, you will actually succeed a lot quicker than if you attempt to rush or just do it when you feel like it.
  7. You will note that, with few exceptions, our situations are from the canine medical community or veterinarians. They know far more than we do, especially about medical issues so, we want your veterinarian involved. We are even happy to meet with them and discuss your case, at your expense of course.
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Keep the old guy learning. If you have an older dog, training can be an enjoyable event for you both. Keep in mind that, just as will humans, age brings behavioral challenges like anxiety and depression. Motley dog training is here to help your senior dogs too.

WebMD “Behavior Changes in Aging Dogs”

Anxiety and fear in Dogs

Motley Dog Training LLC takes our responsibility to you and your dog very seriously. We hope that now you realize that dogs that have anxiety or fear do not always behave in the manner you might expect. You need an expert not only in animal behavior but, in the treatment of anxiety, fear and aggression. Start with your Veterinarian, we have great vets we can recommend. Then come see us.

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