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Fears and phobias are more common in dogs than you may think. This could affect dogs of all breeds and ages. Do note there is a clear difference between phobia and fear. Your dog can be afraid as it responds to a perceived or actual threat. This can be a particular situation. In contrast, canine phobia is described as an exaggerated response towards fear which can inundate your dog.
A few dogs can be naturally afraid of a few elements due to inadequate breeding practices. A certain event may also make them afraid. If it is not solved early, the fear could encompass everything. These could turn into a life changing phobia.
Fear of thunder or Astraphobia is quite common in canines. However, degree of fear can vary. A few dogs are mildly afraid of thunderclaps. If this is the case, the dog will exhibit a slight tremble. You will notice that the ears of the dog get flattened. Tails also get tucked during the thunderstorm. A few other dogs could have a severe phobia. The sound of thunder frightens them to hiding. They may lose all bladder or bowel function. A few dogs are also found to be destructive when there is thunder in the skies above.
Most dogs are severely afraid of fireworks. Like a fear of the thunderstorms, the unpredictable, loud sounds makes dogs tremble. The sudden lights add to their confusion. To make your dog immune, you must make your dog get used to fireworks effects. Dogs with extreme fireworks phobia could require ti be treated with sedatives or anti-anxiety medication.
Being left alone
This is known as separation anxiety in dogs. Canines who suffer from this behavior generally show destructive behavior. The latter manifests itself as soon as a dog’s owner leaves the house. The list of other symptoms include housebreaking accidents and excessive barking when it finds itself alone in the house. This problem could be solved by making low-key exits and quietly coming into the house.
Being afraid of vets is extremely common among dogs. A canine’s initial visit to the vet includes alien smells, endure handling in new styles it had never before experienced, and being restrained. It is also the place where vaccinations are provided. It is thus not surprising that dogs are afraid of visiting the vet. This phobia can be easily fixed by taking the canine to the vet for few social visits which does not include any examination.
A surprising number of dogs could be afraid of riding in cars. This fear is usually due to lack of car rides or paucity of early exposure. Negative experiences like getting car sick or associating a car ride with a visit to the vet may lead to fear.