Dog Anxiety and Irrational Fears

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It might seem confusing, but your puppy will go through “heightened awareness” phases, where she may experience fear and anxiety when confronted with objects that may have been previously familiar to her or become insecure during new experiences. Whatever the reason for her fear, you must assist her by:

  • Showing calmness and patience.
  • Increasing her exposure gradually and gently.
  • Positively rewarding her with a treat or verbal praise when she is coping appropriately with the situation.

Forcing her to confront her fear or repeatedly reassuring her by stroking her when she is being fearful will actually reinforce her behavior and result in an undesirable trait.