Common Dog Fears and Phobias

Common Dog Fears and Phobias

Dogs can develop a variety of fears and phobias, which can impact their quality of life. 

Physical signs

Shaking, trembling, panting, drooling, hiding, cowering, tucking their tail between their legs, barking, growling, snapping, biting

Behavioral signs

Avoidance, destructive behavior, aggression, self-injury

How to Help

If you think your dog may have a fear or phobia, it is important to talk to your veterinarian. 


This involves gradually exposing your dog to the thing they are afraid of in a safe and controlled environment.


This involves pairing the thing your dog is afraid of with something they enjoy, such as treats or praise.


In some cases, medication may be necessary to help your dog cope with their fear or phobia.

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