Why Is Your Dog Afraid Of Animals?
A dog’s fear of other animals can have a big impact on their life, and your life too. Some dogs are afraid of all animals. Other dogs are only afraid of unfamiliar animals. And still others are afraid of certain species: many dogs are afraid of cats!The way your dog shows fear will depend on your particular dog. Some dogs exhibit classic fear behaviors: tail tucking, trembling, panting, lip licking, trying to escape, whining, and hiding. Other dogs respond to fear by becoming aggressive
. Rather than waiting for an attack to happen, they go on the defense and growl, bark, lunge, or bite.RELATED STORY: Reading Dog Body LanguageClearly, a dog’s fear of other animals can be dangerous. A dog who is afraid and exhibiting fear behaviors could become a target for other animals. A dog who becomes aggressive when afraid may hurt other animals or people.So what causes a dog to become afraid of other animals, and what can you do to help!There are a number of factors that can contribute to a dog becoming afraid of other animals:
- Lack of regular exposure to other animals: Even if you socialize your dog early, they may still become fearful if they do not have regular continued exposure to other animals.