William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Extreme Fear in a Dachshund

Extreme Fear in a Dachshund

A 21 month-old male neutered Dachshund was presented for extreme fearful behavior towards the male owner and freeze or flight response when confronted with unfamiliar people or novel objects. Fear of people and neophobia were diagnosed and were considered to be the results of socialization or exposure deficits during early life. The dog was successfully treated using behavior modification consisting of initial avoidance of fear-eliciting stimuli,desensitizing and counter-conditioning, confidence building through "command-response-reward" training, and medication. A one year follow-up period was available and the dog had just successfully completed his first dog obedience class.