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It is always funny when bigger animals are afraid of smaller ones.
Especially when a Jack Russell terrier is afraid of a little duckling!
Ch-ch-check out the above vid to see a fuzzy little baby duck chase a scaredy dog around a room.
Ha! That must be where the term "scaredy cat" comes from!
Look at him, he literally jumps every time it clicks.
Cat's are certainly funny creatures.
Ch-ch-check out the above vid to see how this fearful feline deals with the metronome of doom.
An 18-year-old Radford University student and his dog were with a friend and his dog at a dog park.
The two dogs were off leash, which breaks a city ordinance, and they were running around by a riverbank in a secluded section of the park.
After an argument with another dog owner about his dog not having a leash, the cop was called to the scene.
Once the officer arrived on the scene, the man's dog "charged" the officer so the cop pulled his gun and shot the dog in the leg.
The young man said:
"There was no barking or growling, that's the thing. They weren't at a full sprint; they were jogging toward him wagging their tails.
As soon as I see them, I start screaming. Before I could get any words out, the shot went off."
The cop did help take the dog to the vet's office at least.
The dog will survive his injuries, he just has to wear a cast for a few months.
The dog was a 70-pound pointer terrier so we think this cop freaked out because he saw a bully breed dog and thought he was going to die.
The cop even had a taser and pepper spray on hand but he decided to use his pistol.
This is ridiculous.
We hope there's disciplinary action for making such a poor decision.
Many of us dog owners can tell when our pooch is feeling afraid.
The telltale pacing and tucking their tail between their legs is a dead giveaway.
But dogs can also feel anxiety just like humans do, except with dogs, it's harder to tell.
So the American Kennel Club (AKC) has a list of signs that might help you spot if your dog is feeling anxious.
• Panting: A common misconception is that dogs pant only because they’re hot. Actually, many dogs will pant when they’re stressed or anxious. This happens because your dog’s adrenaline is released in response to a scary situation, and his pulse quickens and his breathing speeds up.
• Yawning: Dogs may yawn as a sign that they are conflicted or uncertain about the situation they’re in. For example, your dog might want to jump off the groomer’s table because he’s anxious or afraid, but he’s been trained not to do that. Yawning signifies the conflict of continuing in the uncomfortable situation.
• Lip tension: Dogs often pull their lips back slightly when they’re anxious. It can appear as if he’s smiling or just some creases as the corners of his mouth.
• Displacement behaviors: Your dog may display inappropriate behavior because they are anxious or excited about something else. Such behaviors include your dog humping your leg when a visitor comes to the house – he is displacing his feelings about the guest arriving.
So just look for these signs and you'll be able to spot anxiety and help calm your dog down, keeping your pet happy and healthy.
[Image courtesy Wikipedia/Gopal Aggarwal.]
TeddyHilton.com reader, Chrissy, writes in with a question:
I have a miniature dachshund. He is a sweetheart. Loves people and other dogs. My ONLY problem with him is, he is terrified of being outside and going for walks. He will literally only go on walks if it is me AND my husband (even that sometimes won't happen). If one of us tries to walk him–he just won't do it. He will pull you back to the house and choke himself while doing so.
We even bought a harness in hopes he would walk better with no such luck. I cannot think of any traumatic experience that would have made him so afraid of being outside. Any advice on how to get my dog to enjoy being outside?
Dr. Patrick Mahaney responded:
Thank you for contributing your question to TeddyHilton.com. The Dachshund is such a cute, yet occasionally unpredictable breed from a behavior perspective.
When it comes to working out issues with canine behavior, there is never a clear cut answer. If he is showing an aversion to walking with one of you solo (or occasionally with the both of you), then you need to strive to make the experience as positive and safe as possible for him.
I am pleased to hear that you use a harness instead of a cervical (neck) collar, as the additional strain he puts on his trachea (windpipe), esophagus (food tube), and spine can cause serious damage. Have him frequently wear the chest harness, so that its presence is very comfortable and familiar to him. Use the leash and chest harness combination to take him for short walks around the inside of your home, so that he gets used to this appropriately restraining modality for his grand debut into society (besides your home).
In all situations, use positive reinforcement, such as a food treat, to lure him forward (and out of your home) on his walks. Once he accepts the treat, pleasantly and enthusiastically praise him.
If he refuses to walk, pick him up, take him to a safe location, put him down, give him a sit-stay command, then verbally praise him and provide a food treat. In doing this, he will not have the upper hand and you will "win" by taking him to a new place that requires him to positively acclimate as compared to having him fall back into the pattern of seeking out a familiar/safe space within your house.
Should this situation continue despite pursue an examination with your veterinarian (to rule out underlying health problems that could contribute to his behavior) and a consultation with a Diplomate of the College of Veterinary Behaviorists specialist (see http://www.dacvb.org/) as they will help you to best manage the problem from behavior modification and medication (if needed) perspectives.
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Dr Patrick Mahaney