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Brisbane Dog Training Specialists Teach Aggressive and Fearful Dogs How to Socialise


QUEENSLAND, Australia October 2014 – Like humans, animals can experience apprehension around a situation, person or object, whether or not the fear is legitimate or only perceived. The general response to a threat or danger – considered essential for adaptation and survival – is to avoid, freeze, fight or take flight. But it’s usually the context that determines whether the response is standard or inappropriate.

Canine anxiety is an anticipation of these threats or dangers associated with the fear. The most common fears for dogs are associated with loud noises, like thunderstorms or fireworks, and the most reactions to anxiety are becoming very clinging, barking, withdrawal, digging/chewing and mild aggression. Dogs suffering from anxiety and presenting with mild aggression often struggle to display socially acceptable behaviour around another dog or in a pack situation.

The good news is that because most inappropriate dog reactions are learned behaviours, they can become unlearned. Paddington Pups – a Brisbane dog training, grooming and doggy daycare centre – specialises in managing and controlling mildly aggressive, fearful or anxious dog behaviours.

Director and Paddington Pups’ Top Dog, Bree Robbins believes that given the correct environment and training techniques, any dog can overcome most learned behaviours associated with fear or anxiety. “Fearful dogs generally only take an hour or two to settle in at the centre, because they realise that all the other dogs are friendly and the staff are trusting and gentle,” says Bree.

As Paddington Pups hires the best dog experts and enthusiasts, they’re knowledgeable and capable around difficult, fearful or anxious dog behaviours. Dogs displaying anxiety or fear will be able to learn coping techniques at Paddington Pups through exposure to new and reactive things with guidance from Brisbane dog training experts and carers. However, if a particular dog does need special attention, owners need to share details about the dog with staff.

“It is common knowledge that dogs are playful, sensitive creatures that need to constantly show their affection to others. This is why leaving them all alone during the day and limiting socialisation with dogs and humans may cause shy, fearful and sometimes aggressive behaviour,” says Bree.

Paddington Pups is like a big dog park except with a much higher safety record, where friendly dogs are allowed to run, romp and play all day long. There are special play areas specifically designed and constructed to match each dog’s personality, size and breed, as well as stamina and activity levels.

The staff at Paddington Pups are trained in dog psychology and behavioural skills, and qualified in various animal studies, so they’re experts at training fearful dogs and identifying situations that need diffusing. As a result, Paddington Pups has an injury rating of less than 0.04 per cent, which is one of the lowest in the industry.

Paddington Pups is registered with the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) and were the very first facility in Australia to have been visited and trained by The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan.

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 Canine anxiety
 Common fears for dogs
 Doggy daycare centre
 Anxious dog behaviours
 Dog psychology

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