Category Archives: fear

Shameless anthropomorphism – and why not?

Well, the only reason I can see for avoiding anthropomorphism is it’s impossible to spell. Wikipedia says: Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities. For me, in my dog behaviour work, I am teaching dog owners who mostly … Continue reading

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We have just finished this year’s annual UK survival reality TV game show, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’, where 12 celebrities live together in a jungle environment for a number of weeks. The contestants have to endure ‘Bushtucker Trials’ to … Continue reading

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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 thirteen weeks, others as small a … 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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