How to Help Kaysia with Her Fears?
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Any idea how to help a fearful dog? Kaysia has multiple fears.........which is why I take her to obedience training. It helps give her some confidence. She won't stay outside without stressing......at her sitter's house it's due to the black birds that she's afraid of and now she's afraid of the flowering tree because the flowers are falling to the ground.
She's afraid of storms, thunder, rain, birds, planes, jets (louder), she was fearful this time when she got her nails trimmed at the vet.......she's afraid of noises that she can't find the source to such as hammering noises......she's afraid of motorcycles, not to mention fireworks, car backfires......and oddly enough marching band practice (must be the drums) and the loud booms from the HS football games.
Tonight, I stayed at the office a couple hours longer to complete some paperwork. Had the girls in the yard with my office door to the yard open. Kaysia was laying by my chair while Khloe was outside (she loves the rain). Should've known Kaysia wasn't just paying a social visit. I completed my task and went to leave and Kaysia wouldn't leave the office. Had to drag her outside at which point she quickly ran to the gym door and entered so she wouldn't have to be out. Just now, she had to go out, but refused to go outside, so I had to trick her and drug her outside again. Once she went, she quickly darted back to the door to get inside.
I live in an apartment over my church. We go down a flight of steps and through the gymnasium to get to the dog yard. Sometimes, she won't even come downstairs (so the leash has to come out) or she will come down and stop at the threshold of the gym and won't cross the floor to the door as she knows I'll make her go out into her fear zone.
This can't be good for her stress level?