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Projecting Your Own Fears Onto Your Pet

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Kim Curtsinger has “ruined” her dog, she tells us. “My four year-old sheltie, Casey, is very timid around other dogs,” says the Nicholasville, Kentucky woman. “Unfortunately,” she adds, “I am the cause of this. I… Read More

Kim Curstinger and her pal, Casey

Bang! Bang! Helping your Dog Manage Noise Phobia

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Fear of noises is a very common and real problem for dogs. When a dog is exposed to certain noises, such as sirens, smoke alarms, fireworks, kettle whistles and vacuum cleaners, a dog with a noise phobia may pant or salivate excessively, tremble, or run and hide from fear. There are a number of steps one can take to combat noise phobias, including desensitization and counterconditioning. Learn here what you can do to help your pet manage his fear of noises.

Boom! Boom! Helping Your Dog with Thunderstorm Phobias

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Thunderstorm phobia or anxiety is real and a fairly common problem for many dogs. It can be difficult to watch. Before the first sound of thunder, dogs with thunderstorm phobia become overwhelmed and show physical signs of fear. While thunder is just one of many frightening noises, it is treated a bit differently than other noise phobias. In fact, the fear of thunderstorms may not only be limited to the loud booms associated with them. Learn what causes thunderstorm phobia in dogs and learn how you can help your dog manage this fear.