Noise anxiety in dogs is a phobia or strong feeling of fear around loud noises, like sounds from fireworks or thunderstorms. To license this video please email: licensing@theladbiblegroup.comTo view more content visit www.thecontentbible.com Dogs that are diagnosed with photophobia will need to be kept in low light conditions and not exposed to bright light or full sunlight until the condition is resolved. You cannot explain to a dog why it shouldn’t be scared, or tell the dog that the frightening thing won’t hurt it or is going away soon — they do not have the cognitive abilities to understand those concepts. Unfortunately, "it" is just an ungraspable bundle of massless photons. Top 10 tips. If a dog is afraid of you, they might cower or hide. To our dogs, affection is a reward. Distract your dog : When you see shadows appear, try to distract your dog with a new toy or something that catches your pet’s attention. Profound fear and anxiety can lead to unhealthy and potentially dangerous behaviors within dogs. They pee and adopts submissive postures to mollify anyone they perceive as a "leader" and to avoid punishment. The owner would simultaneously call out the buzz word, "Enough!" However, it is just as likely that this is simply her personality. Stefanine, in your case we probably will never know what kind of life your dog had over the last four years, and it is possible that she was abused and now is scared of relatively simple things such as shadows and reflections. Hide reflective objects: until you have the problem under control, hiding any reflective objects will reduce the amount of shadows in your home, which will reduce your dog’s stress and anxiety. You are not alone. When he does that I give him a 'good job'. I have come across many dogs that were either rescues or not socialized enough that are afraid of walking on certain surfaces. When a wiggly little bead of light catches a dog's eye, nothing in the world matters more than capturing it. Shutterstock Remember, a dog that doesn't like you might actually just be kind of scared of you — and this fear can manifest itself in physical ways. By comforting a fearful dog, you are rewarding what it’s doing in that moment: being scared. Conversely a lot of dogs want to attack him the moment they see him and I'm struggling to understand why. It might take a while for a dog to warm up to you. A dog who's unclear of the rules and unsure how to behave will be chronically insecure. Is your dog scared of your kitchen floor? The owners were made to walk in front of the reflection and the dog when he seemed to be focused on the reflection. While fear is a normal, adaptive response, sometimes a dog’s fear response can reach more extreme levels that require intervention. The dog also responded to light reflections caused by cookingware. 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