Category Archives: Anxious Dogs

The Cause of Your Dog’s “Bad Behaviors”?

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We humans tend to think of our dogs in such simplistic terms. We get a dog for companionship with a lot of high expectations and are often disappointed in what we believe to be our pet’s “inappropriate habits” as we recite our well rehearsed litany of complaints.

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Your Dog’s Unwanted Behaviors May Be A Cry For Help

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When a dog owner’s frustration begins to mount with the behavior issues their pet is presenting, the first thought may be that the dog is ruining their life, being bad, and possibly should be turned over to the shelter so that they can rid themselves of the pressing inconvenience.

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Signs of Stress

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Oftentimes what owners consider “bad” behaviors, are their dogs’ stress signals.  Some signs of stress might be: 1.  Barking & Whining: Take note of when your dog tends to bark and make a fuss. Is it when he/she is isolated from the family? That could indicate separation anxiety.

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Dog Holding Up Under Bed Growling

Someone asked my opinion yesterday about their dog who takes cover under the bed and dares the owner to bother him. He also has a tendency to guard his chew bones and act uneasy when the  kids want to give him a squeeze, occasionally offering a warning snap.

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Barking at Doorbell

Doorbell reactivity is a topic that has come up frequently.  Unfortunately, by the time an owner seeks a solution, the behavior has been ingrained and automatic. I recently came across a wonderful explanation of what to try by Kaye Hargreaves, owner of Wagging School in Melbourne, Australia: Firstly, there is conditioned response to the doorbell. […]

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Your Pesky Dog

Some dog owners don’t mind if everytime they sit down to watch TV, eat, read, etc., that their dog leaps up into their lap. However, the rest of the world (typically those with larger dogs), complain that their dogs are pushy and in their faces and are generally making nuisances of themselves.

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Dogs With Noise Sensitivity

We received another question on Twitter concerning a dog named Bam Bam, a female Setter mix, who has developed a fear of loud pops such as from a gun or balloon.  It seems that this was more of  a learned fear response because she did not always act this way.  

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Building Your Dog’s Confidence

Did you ever hear the saying…”if you want to feel good about yourself, then do something hard”???? That would apply to dogs as well. Many dogs are just unsure by nature, or it could be a learned behavior. You can read so much by studying a dog’s body language.

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Kuma, the Fearful/Aggressive Dog Connects!!!

The past week or so of our patient, oh so slow introduction to Kuma had paid off!! He has now connected. I no longer have to gently squat to pick up the end of his drop cord to herd him from one place to another.

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Kuma, the Fearful/Aggressive Dog Begins to Trust

In my blog titled Approaching the Anxious/Nervous Dog, I laid out some do’s and don’ts concerning the human’s approach to such a dog.

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