Reactions can be triggered by strangers, loud noises, other dogs, handling, unknown environments and more.
Dogs lash out from fear when they feel they can’t escape whatever is frightening them.
Systematically expose the dog to triggers from afar, praising and treating for calm behavior.
Use high-value food rewards and happy talk to countercondition the dog to make new positive connections.
Teach dogs yawning, shaking off and sniffing the ground as ways to self-soothe when worried.
Allow fearful dogs space to retreat and regroup as needed until they gain confidence.
Certified trainers can create customized plans to overcome reactivity stemming from fear.