Controlling Your Dog’s Fear

Posted on August 12, 2012April 1, 2019Categories Animal Behavior, Dogs, Training MethodsTags , , , , ,

Along with more exercise, one of the most common blanket-solutions for various dog behavior problems is Obedience Training, and many of our clients wonder “why?”

After all, if we’ve been called in to see a dog who is terrified of trucks, why are we talking about down-stays and sit-stays? Isn’t that like going to see a doctor for a sore ankle and being told you need to massage your left arm?

First, let me say that obedience training is not the ENTIRE solution to fear. If your dog trainer tells you that your dog just needs to be dominated and that this will make his fear magically dissipate, then you may want to find another trainer.

Desensitization programs are key to solving fear related issues, and we will talk about this in a later article.


Obedience is another key part of the issue. Put the two together and you have a recipe for success.

How does obedience relate to fear issues?

The answer is simple: control, control, control.

Obedience actually does two things:

1. It teaches him self-control and makes him feel more in charge of his destiny

2. It teaches him that YOU are in control and in charge of his destiny.

“But wait!” you say, “isn’t that contradictory?”

It sounds a little crazy, but let me break it down for you:

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