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Helping With Fears – Desensitisation and Counter Conditioning

25th February

 Sometimes our dog’s fears are entirely rational, booming fireworks, alarms and the dreaded vacuum are all things that millions of dogs around the world struggle with. However, even with a perfect start in life, dogs can also show a fearful reaction towards the most surprising things, such as funny shaped rocks, everyday sounds and even unexpected shadows!   

All dogs have emotional responses, and just like us, sometimes these feelings can override the brain and cause an unwanted action. Fear can be distressing for both you and your dog. The inherently unpleasant sensations of fear can also become associated with the trigger, making your dog even more scared of it next time.  This is why we often see fear – and a dog’s reaction to the cause of it – tends to escalate over time.

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