Dog fears

I want to help my dog with fears, visitors

HOW TO HELP YOUR DOG COPE WITH FEARS

1

Help your dog feel more confident with ADAPTIL Calm

  • Releases “comforting messages” to create a safe and secure environment
  • Improvement happens within the first week
  • Continued use for at least one month is recommended
2

Identify the triggers

  • First try to answer these 2 questions:
    • What is your dog afraid of?
    • How much can they tolerate?
  • It may be traffic, unfamiliar situations, visitors coming to your house, a certain kind of people in the streets, other dogs...
3

Be a friend!

  • Don’t force your dog to stay too close to the source of fear
  • Do NOT punish your dog if he barks or shakes! This will only make your dog more distressed.
4

Mild and positive exposure

  • Your dog can learn over time that there is nothing to be afraid of
  • Go slowly in exposure: start by approaching the fearful thing from a good distance
  • Reward when your dog calms down
dog nervous hiding cowering fearful

We recommend:

ADAPTIL Calm Home Diffuser

Helps your dog cope with fears indoors and fear of visitors

ADAPTIL Calm On‑The‑Go Collar

Helps your dog cope with fears outdoors, in the streets, in the parks...

Tips to help your dog cope with fears

It is very common for dogs to be fearful or shy. Most common kinds of shyness are:

  • Social shyness: fear of new or unfamiliar people. Sometimes this can be very specific, like fear of men with beards, fear of children or of other dogs
  • Fear of new situations, new places, specific objects (like the terrifying vacuum cleaner!)
  • Traffic shyness: fear of sounds and movements of cars in the streets

Scared dogs may shake, try to hide or run away, but can also bark and sometimes even bite.

When your dog is scared, the best thing you can do to make the fear go away is to… go away from the source of fear!

Stay calm and take your dog away, to a place where they can feel safe. Then you can start to help your dog overcome their fear with mild and gradual exposure.

Try to recreate the situation, but in a controlled manner: introduce your dog to the source of fear from distance, as you calm and praise them. Use treats to reward your dog when they calm down.

Remember that your dog will also react to your emotions, so you must remain relaxed and speak with a calm, confident voice.

Repeat the process, coming a little bit closer every time. Go slowly and give your dog time to adapt.

Using ADAPTIL Calm Home Diffuser or ADAPTIL Calm On-The-Go Collar during this process will help your dog feel more confident.