Features March 2019 Issue

Comfort Your Dog

We hope you are not as frightened of clowns as Linda Case is...But if you are, would it make your fear any worse if a loved one said calming things to you when you were looking at the picture of the clown? Providing comfort to a truly frightened human, dog, or any other animal wont make his fear any worse.

Comfort Your Dog

Contrary to a persistent myth, you wont reinforce your dogs fear by reassuring him when hes frightened or anxious.

There is absolutely no evidence, not one bit, suggesting that providing comfort and security to a distressed dog causes the dogs anxiety or fear to increase. Why then, does this myth persist among dog owners and even with some trainers? Why are owners still advised to ignore their dog when he is distressed or anxious or fearful, as if providing any attention to the dog will reinforce those emotions?

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