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May 23, 2020 at 11:56 am #2199AnonymousInactive
Dogs have different personalities. Some are brave and some are timid. Courageous dogs are usually alert to unfamiliar environments, but they are not afraid. And timid dogs often feel fear. For timid dogs, we should exercise more. The key to improve this problem is to know how to improve the dog’s phobia.
There are three types of fear:
1. Biological fear: Fear of people mostly happens to strangers, among which the people who wear uniforms, take tools, children and men are the majority. Solution: This situation can not be used to increase the stimulation of the way to make the dog adapt, this will only make the dog can not bear the stimulation, become more afraid. Let the dog distract when he is afraid, do another thing, and change his response to the stimulus. When he meets a stranger, he sends out instructions. If he obeys the orders, he will be rewarded, so that his attention will not be focused on the stranger. When he responds, he finds that the stranger’s passing is not so terrible. If a dog begins to notice a stranger, turn the dog’s head around with a leash that ties the dog’s kiss. When the dog can adapt, slowly increase the intensity of stimulation, and finally make the dog not afraid of all similar stimulation. Start with a stranger he’s not so afraid of, and then ask the stranger to stand in the distance and give the dog instructions. If the dog obeys the command, reward it, then next time let the stranger stand closer, then give the command. And so on. Then we can change it into a kind of person that dogs are more afraid of. The final goal is to allow dogs to focus on instructions when strangers are close.
2. Abiotic fear: Mainly includes the fear of thunder, noise, stairs, etc. Dogs may have destructive behaviors when they are afraid, and may hurt themselves. Their symptoms include panting, eyes opening, shaking, screaming and trying to escape. Solution: Build a safe place for the dog at home, so that he can go to the safe place to avoid when he is afraid. Let the dog distract when he is afraid, do another thing, change his response to the stimulation, and give him snacks and toys when he is thundering. When the dog can adapt, slowly increase the intensity of stimulation, and finally make the dog not afraid of all similar stimulation.
3. Fear of environment: Mainly includes separation anxiety and fear of pet hospital. Separation anxiety mainly occurs in the family with very close relationship between the owner and the dog. The symptoms include damaged items, continuous barking, defecation everywhere, loss of appetite, panting and behavioral licking. Solution: Use the method of establishing conditioned reflex to change the stimulus that originally felt fear into the stimulus that you liked. Only provide the owner’s favorite toys or snacks when he or she leaves. Don’t give clear instructions to the dog when the owner goes out. Don’t surprise the dog too much when he comes in. Don’t play music or the owner’s usual voice when he is not at home.
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