Fear Aggressive Dogs
For you to have a better understanding of exactly what fear aggression is, look at from a phobia point of view. The fear aggressive dog can display one type of phobia or a wide variety of phobias, such as; anthrophobia, autophobia, brontophobia, cynophobia, iatrophobia , kainotophobia , ligyrophobia, monophobia, ochlophobia, ophthalmophobia.
There’s a lot more phobias I can list here, but I think you get the idea. Where people who are afflicted with what can be a debilitating phobia, rationally and logically, in their mind at least, can say “I shouldn’t be afraid of these things”. Even though they may have a very difficult time getting past their own phobias, regardless of their logic.
Now, as much as we would like to believe it, our dogs simply do not have the reasoning capabilities, to think “I shouldn’t be afraid of that”. Not that those reasoning capabilities have helped out our dogs human counterparts, that are afraid of things.
By the way, all the phobias listed are human phobias.
- anthrophobia- fear of humans
- autophobia- fear of solitude
- brontophobia- fear of thunder and lightning
- cynophobia- fear of dogs
- iatrophobia – fear of going to the doctor
- kainotophobia – fear of change
- ligyrophobia – fear of loud noises
- monophobia- fear of being alone
- ochlophobia – fear of crowds
- ophthalmophobia- fear of being stared at
Fearfulness is not abnormal behavior for your dog, it’s normal.
Hope this helps you understand a little bit better why your dog shows fear aggression in certain situations.
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