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How to stop my dog from being terriffied of our log burner in the living room and also the car
As soon as I open the fire door he starts getting stressed, when lit he pants and shakes.Same in the car.
I don't know about log burners, but my dog Thanos was and still is afraid of car rides. He has pretty bad anxiety most of the time but it's a lot worse in cars. Here are some tricks that I used to get him used to it:
- Try sitting in the car with them without actually driving anywhere
- Have someone they know sit in the car with them and keep petting them if you are driving
- Bring treats, lots of them
- Cover them in a blanket
- Go on extremely short rides at first and gradually increase the duration
Keep in mind that this might take a while. Thanos is much better now but he still cannot be in a car for too long before he starts whinning and screaming again
Here's a good article about how to help a scared dog: hope it helps!
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