Category Archives: fear

Fear of Men – Why are some dogs more wary of men?

Dogs can be more intimidated by men. Some people, for instance, assume that their rescue dog has been hit by a man, but this is probably not so. There are much more likely reasons. People in the training and behaviour … Continue reading

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A Second Fear Period?

Few dog owners I meet know that there is a first fear period. Even fewer know about a second one. It’s easier to pinpoint the first ‘Fear Imprint Period’ – some say between eight and twelve weeks, others as small a gap … Continue reading

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Quick Fix or Never Fix

My ‘Pawses’ are sometimes about something that is bugging me. Almost always when someone first calls me for help, they hope the matter will be resolved in a couple of weeks. They have tried everything they can think of for themselves, watched TV … Continue reading

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But What About the Other Dogs?

Boundary barking – why not? The dog rushes from gate to gate and tears along the fence, barking ferociously at passers-by and their dogs, no doubt believing his barking chases them away. Such frequent and needless high arousal can’t be good for him. But … Continue reading

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German Shepherds that Bark at Visitors

It’s not exclusively German Shepherds of course. However, a large proportion of the GSDs I go to are not happy when someone enters their house or especially the room that they are in – and a large number of dogs with this … Continue reading

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Barking Dogs and Trilby Hats

Isn’t feeding a dog whilst he’s barking not rewarding him for barking? The Jack Russell was brought to the front door, straining and choking on his lead, barking and gasping. He was clearly very upset about someone coming into his … Continue reading

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Inherited Fear – Did Dog’s Grandfather Fear Bangs?

An article in the Daily Telegraph of 16th February is titled: ‘Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors’. ‘Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of … Continue reading

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