Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Suzanne, yes i do remember you! I am not going to go into this here as very detailed, but I have an article on my www.friendsofthedog.co.za website, under the Dog Stuff section that will tell you point by point how to sort this out using counter conditioning and desensitizing.
Do read through it and you are welcome to contact me again is any problems.
Depending on the severity of the phobia long term medication is often required. I am not a vet, but the vets that I get refs from for this phobia normally recommend Clomicalm. Personally I find that medication alone is not enough, you need the counterconditioning, TTouch, how to react yourself to sort this out.
I have done a lot of research into this subject and trails on 100 dogs suffering from same and with the recommendations used in the article the success and improvement rate was excellant, with only one dog not showing improvement.
Do have a look at the article and shout if you need help, thanks Scotty
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