I have a dog who has major anxiety problems. He's afraid of noises we make in the kitchen, even though we give him plenty of treats. The major problem we have is he is afraid of getting into cars, even though the result is always to the park, Petsmart, etc. This only some of the major anxiety problems and would like advice on where to turn as far as dog help and what to look for a trainer. We live in Texas and most dog owners we know, don't know how to help us! Any direction would be great!
Poor pup! It sounds like he is completely unsocialized. Dogs that aren’t exposed to a variety of sights and sounds between 4 and 14 weeks of age can become wary of them after. Since the behaviors you mentioned are just some of his major anxiety issues, I recommend you see a Veterinary Behaviorist right away. Behavior modification alone is often not effective for dogs with severe anxiety like you describe. Training only works when there is an identifiable trigger and you have a controlled situation or context where the dog can learn. If your dog is as anxious as you imply, there may be no safe place to start training. Medication will help compress his behavior so he doesn’t become as fearful once triggered and recovers quicker.
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