Features April 2011 Issue

Help For a Dog With Car Phobia

Other than his refusal to ride in cars, Igor is a well-behaved and affectionate dog. In a common misconception, his owner thought he was being stubborn when he began planting his 165-pound body on the floor to resist being pulled to the car.

Help For a Dog With Car Phobia

Conquering Igor’s fear of cars was no small challenge.

Behavior issues, from simple good manners infractions to the more concerning problems of phobias and aggression, appear in dogs both large and small. But while training to modify behavior issues might look the same regardless of size, in other respects, the bigger the dog, the bigger the problem. When a Dachshund has a lapse in housetraining, the cleanup process is significantly easier than if an Irish Wolfhound has an accident. If a Havanese frantically jumps up on your elderly Aunt Tilly, the collateral damage is less than if a Great Dane does the same. And if a Yorkie is terrified of riding in the car and refuses to get in for an emergency trip to the vet, he can be picked up and placed inside – not so when a Newfoundland steadfastly refuses.

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