How to help frightened and anxious dogs is a question I receive frequently, so I’m diving into identifying and overcoming canine fears and phobias that often lead to withdrawal or reactivity. Today’s focus is on overlooked reasons dogs become fearful and what you need to know about anxiety. It’s important to recognize a dog’s fear triggers and the role we might play in unconsciously creating stress.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Overlooked triggers to many dogs’ fears.
  • Natural dog fears during certain life stages.
  • The difference between alert, excited or anxious dog behavior.
  • How genetics predispose some breeds to fear or confidence.
  • That animals inherit generational trauma, too.
  • How events, medical conditions and lack of education can create fear in dogs.
  • How spaying may impact a female dog’s hormones.
  • How gut health impacts animal behavior and emotions.
  • The effect of EMF’s on dogs and animals.
  • How dogs absorb and internalize human emotions.
  • How to decode your dog’s body language.
  • Why we should observe how our reactions impact our dogs.


  1. Podcast Episode 235: AMA With Susan Garrett: Leash Lunging, Dog Anxiety, Agility Angst, Bad Breeders, And More
  2. Podcast Episode 199: Puppy Fear Periods: Help For Socializing Puppies Or Rescue Dogs Scared Of People
  3. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture)
  4. Podcast Episode 29: Understanding and Preventing Reactivity and Aggression in Your Dog
  5. Podcast Episode 136: Help Your Excited Dog Calm Down And Stop Barking, Lunging, Spinning, Nipping
  6. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training
  7. Podcast Episode 127: Puppy Socialization: Playtime For Puppies And Permissions
  8. Podcast Episode 180: Taking Your Puppy To A Café Or Restaurant: Socialization Success
  9. Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips
  10. Podcast Episode 45: My Dog Just Got Jumped, Now What?
  11. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems
  12. Podcast Episode 81: Sudden Aggression and Your Dog’s Thyroid
  13. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1
  14. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2
  15. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You
  16. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm
  17. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions
  18. Podcast Episode 62: 12 Keys to Helping My Dogs Live a Long and Happy Life
  19. Podcast Episode 67: Are You Stressing About Your Dog’s Stress?
  20. Podcast Episode 103: Excited Or Suspicious Dog? Dealing With Your Dog’s Emotions
  21. Podcast Episode 168: Creating Confidence For Anxious, Stressed Or Reactive Dogs Part 1
  22. Podcast Episode 169: Dog Training A Stressed, Anxious Or Reactive Dog Part 2
  23. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold
  24. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube