Might I be so forward as to ask another question? Dexter is terribly fearful of thunderstorms and fireworks. From other dog owners, I have learned that this is quite common among dogs. Have you got any suggestions on teaching him a better way to cope? Thank you for any help you can give.
Work up to walking past the sound. Many dogs quickly overcome their fear this way and can pass by the source within a few minutes with only a nervous glance or curious sniff. Remember, don’t reward nervousness.
Get him focused with easy commands (sit, down, shake) and use special treats given only during this training. As he faces his fears nothing happens, the intensity of his reactions will decrease, especially if you remain calmly by his side ignoring what frightens him.
maybe it’s not that bad.
If you seek the assistance of a dog trainer, choose one with experience helping fearful dogs. Good luck, and thanks for sending another question.
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