​​Fear & Anxiety


I would say a good 60% of the behavior cases I get involve some form of fear and/or anxiety.  Fear is the leading cause of aggression in dogs. Dogs suffer from phobias, depression, anxiety, and PTSD just like humans do.  The biggest difference is they can't speak to us and explain how they are feeling.  Often times they subtle signs of discomfort go unnoticed to the untrained eye and lead to bigger and bigger outbursts of what appears to be aggressive behavior.

 

What Causes Fearful Behaviors:

          1. Genetics

          2. Early life experiences

          3. Lack of early socialization

          4. Trauma

 

Articles on Fear & Anxiety:

 

Are Dogs Racist?

 

Why Are Some Dogs So Anxious and Fearful ~ Psychology Today 

 

Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs ~ petMD

 

There's a Cure for Canine Anxiety...~ NY Daily News

 

Can Stress and Fear Affect the Lifespan of Dogs? ~ Center for Shelter Dogs

 

Dealing with Difficult Dogs at the Vet ~ Dr. Sophia Yin

 

Help for the Fearful Dog ~ Linda Michaels

 

Supplements for Reactive Dogs ~ Crystal Thompson

 

Dog Food and Behavior ~ Dr. Karen Becker

 

Pill Popping Pups ~ Modern Dog Magazine

  

Books, Videos, & Websites:

 

Arousal, Anxiety, and Fear ~ Suzanne Clothier

 

The Guide to Living With and Training a Fearful Dog ~ Debbie Jacobs

 

How to 'Cure' Your Dog of Thunderstorm Phobias ~ Dr. Karen Becker

 

My Dog Has Fear Issues, Help! ~ Victoria Stilwell 

 

The Cautious Canine ~ Patricia McConnell

 

Help for Your Fearful Dog ~ Nicole Wilde

 

Energy Healing for Dogs ~ Nicole Wilde

 

Prozac-free Pets ~ Kim Rockshaw

 

The Well-Adjusted Dog ~ Dr. Nicholas Dodman 

 

Dogs In Need Of Space (DINOS) 


Beyond Cesar Millan


Leashes, Frisbee, and Prozac ~ Blog by Sara Martin

 

Calming Supplements & Training Tools for Fearful Dogs:

 

Only Natural Pet Store

 

Through a Dog's Ear

 

ThunderShirt for Dogs

 

Happy Traveler ~ Ark Naturals

 

Clinical Application of L-Theanine in Dogs ~ Deer Run Animal Hospital

 

Natural Remedies Pet Alive


Dog Flags

 

Bach Flower Essences for Dogs

 

Muzzles Keep Everyone Safe ~ Sherry Woodward 

 

Baskerville Ultra Muzzle ~ My favorite!

 

Assess-a-Hand 

 

TTouch


Body Language:

Understand What Your Dog is Trying to Tell You 

Turid Rugaas Calming Signals​