Dog fears

I WANT TO HELP MY DOG WITH VISITORS OR OTHER FEARS

HOW TO HELP YOUR FEARFUL DOG

1

Help your dog feel more confident with ADAPTIL Calm

  • Releases “comforting messages”’ to create a safe and secure environment
  • Results seen within 7 days
  • Use continuously for at least 30 days
2

Identify the triggers

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

Don't force the situation 

  • 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: approach first the fearful thing from a good distance
  • Reward when you dog calms down

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

Dog scan be fearful for many reasons.

Most common kinds of shyness are:

-        Social shyness: fear of new or unfamiliar people. Sometimes this can be very specific, like fear of men, fear of children, or also other dogs

-        Fear of new situations, new places, specific objects (vacuum cleaner)

-        Traffic shyness: fear of sounds and movements of cars in the streets

 

Nervous 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 move away from the situation.

Stay calm and take your dog away, to a place where he can feel safe.

Then you can start to help your nervous dog overcome his 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 him. Use treats to reward your dog when he calms down.

Remember that your dog will also react to your emotions, so you must remain relaxed and not get upset with him.

Repeat, come a little bit closer every time. Go slowly, and give it time.  You may also consider seeking advice from your veterinarian or a board certified behaviorist.

Using ADAPTIL Calm Home Diffuser or ADAPTIL Calm On‑the‑go Collar during the whole process will help your dog feel more confident.