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Published: 12th May 2010
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A dog with fear bytes out of sheer panic. This is not because of dominance-aggression, where the dog has personality problems; if he bites because heĀ“s frightened doesnĀ“t mean he is a 'fierce' dog. He's just scared.
Why does fear-biting occur? A fear-biter bites to show or express his extreme fear or panic, and the only way of showing his owner that he can't handle the situation. Most of all the cases of fear-biting are well caused by their meaning, but badly advised, humans: we see a scared dog obviously, and we intend to or comfort him or show him that there's 'nothing to worry about' - we get too close to him, and force him over the edge. The dogs can't ask us to leave him alone. They can't show us that something's bothering them, or that they need some space: all they can show is their body-language. It's easy to see when a dog is feeling frightened or scared once you know what to look out for.
Fear-biting never just happens suddenly': it only happens when people ignore the signs. Fear-biting: the warning signs from these dogs are submissive dogs. When they face a new situation or people they donĀ“t know, they donĀ“t react like a normal dog: instead, they become nervous and on the verge of a breakdown. A scared dog, when faced with this, will act with a submissive posture, and will show several obvious behaviors.
The most common are listed below. Posture - Tail between legs - low back - Ears flat against the head - Elbows bent down - Excessive panting - Yawning (trying to reduce tension) trying to avoid eye contact in extreme cases, a dog may also urinate or defecate out of fear . What provokes some dogs to become fear-biters?
Well since they are a few weeks old they start to develop this fear by encountering
problems and situations that many years later still canĀ“t handle and react with fear. Maybe the plummer didnĀ“t like dogs, or a neighbour told him off and scared him...whatever.
If he's really scared, back off, and wait for him to approach you. If he's hiding, or strenuously resisting your direction, pay attention to what he's trying to tell you: that he's not comfortable enough to proceed yet. Forcing him outside his comfort zone is when bites happen. Don't coddle him or reward his fearful behavior with special attention. It's great to praise, pet, and cuddle him for good behavior, increased calmness, and being brave enough to approach/sniff/explore the object of fear - it's not good to reward him for fearful behavior. Save the special attention for when he deserves it: remember to reward the behavior you wish to see repeated; ignore the behavior you don't.

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