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How can I help my fearful dog who is afraid of everything?

In the morning I am heading off to help a 15 year old Peekapook in Hendersonville, NC that has developed some fear issues. Sometimes those fear issues turn into real problems that make daily life very difficult.

A common call that I get is from folks who have dogs with fear issues that have turned into aggressive outbursts. Much like the elderly Peekapoo I have a date with tomorrow. When vets and groomers start commenting about the teeth and growling is usually about the time I get a call.

The other side of the coin is when the fear turns into avoidance and flight, rather than fight. An extreme example of this is a case from last year where the owner had never even been able to sit in the same with the dog… the poor thing would bolt. The owner rescued a dog that was known to have fear issues and wanted to help the dog and love her back to confidence.

What happened was her sharing of affection in those moments of fear and anxiety actually made the fear worse! The poor dog would run and hide and nearly any noise… tail tucked between her legs…

When the dog is experiencing fearful reactions of a non aggressive nature, just ignore and act like nothing has happened… no “oh poor fido”… you must be a brave and strong leader in order to restore your dogs confidence.

IF you are having a problem with your fearful dog, then make sure you get in touch with me so we can set up a consultation to get you and your dog back on track! I handle a wide range of dog behavior problems that typical dog trainers don’t have any idea how to help you with! That where a behaviorist such as myself comes into play.

Call me now at 864-248-6472

I am at home in Greenville, SC but have numerous clients in the Hendersonville, Asheville and Highlands areas of North Carolina.

~Jason “Greenville’s Dog Whisperer”

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