Features June 2012 Issue

Eliminating Your Puppy's Fear-Related Behaviors

Don’t forget that there can be genetic diversity even between full siblings. One may inherit a fearful temperament, while the full sibling is confident and cocky.

Eliminating Your Puppy's Fear-Related Behaviors

Prevention and modification of fear-related behaviors in puppies.

The intent of puppy socialization is to convince the part of the puppy’s brain that reacts emotionally to his world (the amygdala) that, in general, the best/most appropriate emotional responses are calm, relaxed, and happy. These days, the importance of puppy socialization is well-known and widely accepted. Interesting, then, that some behavior professionals (myself included) report seeing an increasing number of canine clients with fear-related behaviors.

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