Fear/Anxiety Dos and Don’ts, Part IV: Avoiding Avoidance

Fear/Anxiety Dos and Don’ts, Part IV: Avoiding Avoidance

Canine Fear/Anxiety Dos and Don’ts Part IV:  Avoiding Avoidance 1. Don’t avoid! Don’t cross the opposite side of the street when you spot your dog’s arch-enemy coming your way; don’t chart walks with your nervous dog on quiet mornings down streets when nobody else is around. Avoidance at best simply delays the problem; at some […]

Fear/Anxiety Dos and Don’ts, Part II: Leashing Up

Fear/Anxiety Dos and Don’ts, Part II: Leashing Up

Canine Fear/Anxiety Dos and Don’ts Part II:  Leashing Up 1. Don’t use a back-clip harness, unless your dog’s physiology requires it for health/safety reasons. (Physiological reasons might include a weak trachea or injured back or neck.) A back-clip harness (a harness that attaches to the leash above the dog’s shoulderblades) is designed to give a […]

Canine Fear And Anxiety Dos and Don’ts, Part I

Canine Fear And Anxiety Dos and Don’ts, Part I

I recently had the privilege to speak at yet another fun and educational seminar from the good people at Brooklyn Bark and FIDO, on “Canine Fear and Anxiety”. The title of my talk was “Dos and Don’ts”. I’ve distilled my notes from the talk into several installments; below is the first set. Enjoy! ______________________________________________________________ Canine […]

Silly or Anxious? Dog Emotions and Viral Videos

Silly or Anxious? Dog Emotions and Viral Videos

Quite frequently, when someone shows me a “cute” animal video or photo on YouTube or Facebook, I don’t react appropriately. Sometimes the clips or shots are funny, but often I interpret a sadder, more anxious, or more aggressive emotion beneath the surface. This was certainly the case with the viral “guilty dog video”. Same for many “smiling […]