Dogs can suffer from a wide range of fears and phobias, but here are some of the most common:
- Fear of Thunder– Dogs can often sense thunderstorms before we hear the first strike. Thunderstorms can be a jolting experience for dogs that may cause them to hide or act erratic.
- Fear of Fireworks (4th of July)– The 4th of July is a popular time for animals to become loose from their home. Any loud, unpredictable sound can be jarring to any dog and sometimes medication is suggested to calm the dog for this event.
- Fear of Abandonment- Dogs with fear of abandonment or separation anxiety often display destructive behavior upon departure of their owner. An owner may come home to find their most personal belongings in shredded pieces throughout the house or a puddle here and there.
- Fear of the Vet-Dogs always seem to know when they’re at the dreaded vets office. They’ll tug hard at their leash and whimper plea upon plea to be anywhere but there.
- Fear of Strangers-Some dogs take a bit of time to warm up to people who are outside their immediate family. The best advise is to not pressure the dog to be overly friendly with a stranger, since pressure may cause the dog to act aggressively.
- Fear of Children- Children, especially toddlers can be unpredictable. Unpredictable behavior can warrant fear in dogs causing them to act in an undesirable manner. However, proper supervision can create a healthy environment.
Check back next week when one of these fears will be discussed more thoroughly!