Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Understanding, Prevention and Treatment

This book looks at understanding, preventing and ultimately treating common behavioural issues found in pet dogs, with the help of real-life case studies and illustrated step-by-step training guides. 

Covering a range of issues, such as fear of noises, reactivity towards other dogs and people, separation anxiety and trips to the vets, this fully illustrated book is suitable for concerned dog owners, anyone working with dogs in a professional capacity or those with a genuine interest in canine behaviour.

Pages: 192
Photos & Diagrams: 150
Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780719841125

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Why I Wrote the Book

My keenness to write about this topic stems primarily from the work I do as a clinical animal behaviourist. I routinely see a wide range of pet behaviour problems, yet the most common underlying emotions driving these cases are fear and anxiety. In the dog this can manifest in a number of different ways including aggression, heightened reactivity and separation anxiety, all of which heavily compromise their welfare and put strain on the owner-dog relationship. Being able to reach out and share my experience and successes through writing this book seemed like an opportunity I couldn’t miss!

What's Inside?

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What to Expect from the Book

 Life for the fearful dog is often miserable and distressing and owners are usually at their wits end, feeling frustrated, upset and confused. But with the right sort of help and advice, things can improve.  In fact, the good news is that dogs don’t have to spend their lives feeling frightened and anxious. We can influence their behaviour by guiding them and managing the triggers that prompt their fear, help them access coping strategies and, through positive reinforcement, we can teach them alternative behaviours that feel good and are incompatible with fear and anxiety. How to accomplish all that and formulate an integrated and holistic treatment plan is all covered and I have interspersed it with full colour illustrations, feature boxes, short stories about real-life cases and step-by-step guides so it’s possible to dip in and out without feeling committed to reading it all in one go.

Here’s some of the problematic behaviours that I tackle in the book:

  • Reactivity and Fear aggression
  • Fear of noises
  • Separation anxiety disorders
  • Fear of people/strangers
  • Fear of other dogs
  • Fear of the veterinarian and the veterinary clinic
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder

What Are Readers Saying?

Packed with practical advice on preventing, identifying and managing anxiety disorders in dogs. This is essential information for dog owners who want to understand their dog better and for everyone who works with dogs.

Dr Marianne Dorn, The Rehab Vet


I learned such a lot from this book and I think every dog owner should read it.   This book provides you with all of the essential knowledge you need to have a happy and well behaved dog.  Please don’t assume that it’s only for anyone who is experiencing behavioural issues with their dog.  So much unwelcome behaviour can be avoided by having an understanding of why and how it starts in the first place.  The author has a very clear and engaging style and offers a real insight into dog behaviour as well as sensible and practical help to those looking for specific advice.  I can’t recommend this book highly enough for anyone who owns or is planning to own a dog in the future. 

Joanne Tarling

Dog Owner

If you are looking for a book with insight into fearful and anxious dog behaviour look no further. This book is well written in a clear and informative manner and packed with really useful information from recognising the signs of anxiety, to guides on how to implement coping techniques successfully. A must for both the dog owner and professionals working with dogs.

Kim Sacker

Registered Veterinary Nurse

This book is an essential read for anyone who works with dogs or anyone who owns a dog. It gives a really clear and insightful look why dogs behave the way they do when they are fearful or anxious. The case studies and tips are easy to understand and are an excellent aid in helping us know what we can do to help them. I will be recommending this book to all of my friends and customers. 

Tracy Chapman

Dog Trainer, Dog Photographer and Owner