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There are many ways in which our pets express certain fears or phobias regarding the different elements of the environment around them. These phobias may be caused due to a variety of different underlying reasons such as any negative past experiences, genetic orientation, lack of proper socialization and so on. Your pet friend might typically exhibit certain behaviours such as aggression, barking, drooling, trembling or cowering when faced with a fearful situation. To help better manage your four-legged friend’s anxiety, we have created a list of the most common pet fears and what you can do about them.
Fear of riding in the car
While in most cases, a dog might have the tendency to get car sick to the point of vomiting, at times your pet might just refuse to accompany you on your car trip because he is simply not used to of the idea. It can be an overwhelming experience for your dog to be seated in a moving car and watch everything outside racing by. You can make your car trips more comfortable for your dog by using treats to appreciate his effort and taking him out for short distances at first.
Fear of thunderstorms
Another very common phobia among dogs is the astraphobia or the fear of thunderstorms that can range from mild to severe in different cases. Your dog might respond to a thunderstorm by tucking his tail between his legs, flattening his ears, trembling or whimpering lightly. In the more severe cases, a pet can end up becoming very destructive or lose control of their bladder during a thunderstorm. The idea here is to desensitize your dog to thunderstorms by training them with recorded lightening sounds and using camera flashes, while keeping the general environment around light-hearted and fun.
Fear of separation
Leaving for office every morning can be a real ordeal with a pet around the house. Most dogs experience a sort of separation anxiety, with the fear that their master will not return. One of the best ways of dealing with this problem is not responding at all to his hyperactive behaviour when you are going out. Acknowledging his antics would only reinforce his fear and do very little to comfort him. Instead, you might want to desensitize your pal to your comings and goings by offering them treats before leaving the home. Doing this, will help your dog associate your leaving with something positive. If this doesn’t help, then you can ask your vet to prescribe some pacifier drugs such as Xanax for controlling your dog’s anxiety.
Helping your dog overcome his fears is imperative for ensuring his physical and emotional health and making the world around a happier and more comfortable place for him to live in.