Tag Archives: fear

Fourth of July and Fireworks

Posted on: June 18, 2018 - No Comments

It’s not that dogs aren’t patriotic, but many dogs, and also some cats are terrified of the loud and sudden bangs we call fireworks. It’s actually adaptive to be hard-wired to be afraid of sudden loud sounds. We jump at such surprising sounds, and we might also run the other way or hide if we Read More

How To Change How A Dog Feels About Scary Stuff: Step Two

Posted on: May 26, 2015 - No Comments

Many dogs are constantly scared and startled by objects or events in their environment. Sometimes we have control over those things, often we don’t, but we can still help the dog learn to feel better, safer and more comfortable, around them.

Positively Success Story: Humphrey

Posted on: October 27, 2014 - No Comments

Humphrey was rescued from a puppy mill 1 year ago after spending approx 5 years in a cage. His health issues were the easiest thing to overcome. For the first 3 months he cowered in a hole he dug in the backyard. He would not look at you and would not stand when you were near Read More

Are Domestic Dogs Losing the Ability to Get Along with Each Other?

Posted on: October 12, 2014 - 40 Comments

VSPDT Laura Brody discusses the topic of dog socialization and why modern domesticated dogs are showing more signs of dog-dog aggression than ever before.

Positively Success Story: Scarlett

Posted on: October 1, 2014 - 1 Comment

After losing my longtime canine companions, I decided to bring a new dog into our home when the time was right. I was looking for an older pup who was already trained and a breed that did not have many well-known health issues. I like to say that I found Scarlett but I really think Read More

How I Stopped My Dog’s Leash Aggression

Posted on: August 17, 2014 - 15 Comments

If you’ve ever had a leash reactive dog, you know the feeling of dread that I had before going on a walk. Learn how I stopped my dog's leash aggression--positively.

Puppy Socialization and Vaccinations/Titers Belong Together

Posted on: April 7, 2012 - 3 Comments

Pet parents are now aware of the necessity of providing dog/dog socialization opportunities for their puppies. Nevertheless, when and how to do it is still misunderstood largely because many veterinarians, as well as breeders and pet-store owners, advise new pet parents to avoid socializing their new puppy with other dogs until the age of four Read More