The leading cause of fearful behavior in dogs is the lack of appropriate socialization when the dog is 3-16 weeks of age.
I heard a trainer once say that when it comes to what dogs experience ‘we have all the theories, they have all the facts’. That may be true in regard to many things, but when it comes to experiencing fear, we have plenty of facts.
When animals are afraid (and you can include yourself in this example) we see one or more of the following four responses. Keep in mind that without lots of practice we, or our dogs, do not have cognitive control over reactions to being afraid.
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