Can dog’s have phobias?

20 Feb

Phobias do exist in dogs and even something small can cause anxiety, fear or stress. When a dog is fearful or anxious due to a smell, sound, object, or a person this can lead to a dog behaving unusually, and even developing obsessive compulsive disorder as an attempt to deal with such fears and phobias.Some of the most common phobias in dogs are noise related, for example, thunder. Other common fears or phobias involve people, other dogs, odours, certain surfaces, and usual fears.

Fear can be developed from a bad experience, often one which has been unknowingly made worse by the owner. For example, a puppy that slips on a smooth/shiny floor would usually get up unharmed and think nothing of it. However, when the owner rushes forward to “comfort” the puppy, what they are actually doing is telling the dog that there is something wrong and to be afraid of, therefore reinforcing the fear.


6 Responses to “Can dog’s have phobias?”

  1. hopeforheather February 20, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Good point! And cats can too right?

    • taylorr1991 February 20, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

      Yep, Cats can as well. Cats are most likely to develop phobias if they have has very little handling and socialization when they are young. Those that are handled frequently and socialized as kittens are much more likely to be sociable and explore.

      • hopeforheather February 20, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

        Makes sense to me because our Kona was a feral kitten when we found her, she fit in the palm of our hand and we had to catch her with a net. We did all we could to socialize her quickly…and she’s fine with us and our family…but NOT anyone else. 🙂

      • taylorr1991 February 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

        My sisters cat was a farm kitten and also hadnt had much handling, she takes a long time to trust people other than my sister.

  2. taylorr1991 February 28, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Hey, thanks for the ping back 🙂


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