Valerie Berry

When I ask new behavioural clients about their dog’s socialization history, they often reply that they did lots of socialization by taking their puppy or dog to the dog park as often as possible. There’s so much more to socialization than dogs meeting dogs!  

A single traumatic event can lead to a lifetime of fear, and many reactive dogs have experienced trauma in their lives. That single isolated incident – maybe an attack by another dog – can produce fear that generalizes very quickly. Soon all dogs are something to be feared and reactive behaviour becomes a way to keep fearful things at a distance. Constantly feeling fearful isn’t a great way to live.