Decoding Canine Fears: Navigating Your Dog's Phobias

Friday, February 02, 2024

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As dog owners, we love our furry friends and often rely on them for protection. However, when dogs feel fear, their phobias can make them feel helpless and cause them to freeze. It's important to understand that when dogs behave irrationally or unhelpfully, it's not because they want to, but because they're in a survival mode.

Dogs may try to protect their owners from perceived threats, but this instinct can backfire when their fears and phobias get in the way. As pet parents, it's important to release our dogs from their duty to protect us and help them through their fears. When dogs freeze or behave strangely, it's not because they want to be disobedient, but because they're coping with their fear and stress.

To help dogs cope with their fears, we need to step into the leadership role of a pet parent and inspire them to willingly give up their need to protect us. We can do this by creating a secure environment where our dogs feel safe and supported. We should never force them into situations that trigger their fears or phobias, but rather gradually introduce them to these stimuli in a controlled and positive way.

​By understanding and supporting our dogs, we can help them become the balanced and happy companions they are meant to be. We need to take an active role in helping our pets through their fears and phobias and show them that they can rely on us for comfort and protection. Remember, when it comes to our furry friends, love, patience, and understanding go a long way.

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Hi, I Am Sasha Riess

Founder Of Pure Love & Harmony

My journey with dogs began at a very young age, seeking comfort and solace from them when I didn't fit in with my peers and, like many of you, may have felt rejected by my family. I channeled those negative emotions into learning about dogs and began showing and grooming professionally at the age of 16.

With countless championship titles under my belt, I retired from the show world as a judge and started teaching students worldwide the art of dog care. Today, my focus is on providing dog parents like you with all the necessary information on how to forge a beautiful, loving bond based on trust and understanding with your companions.

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