EXPOSURE THERAPY HELPS FIGHT, FLIGHT OR FREEZE

Sometimes, there is a point at which a dog cannot handle more discomfort or anxiety and we have to respect that. If the behavioral issue is stemming from fear, and that fear is overwhelming, the dog will instinctively choose fight, flight, or in rare instances, freeze. Freeze should be considered a high risk of escalating to a bite and definitely a display of extreme discomfort. By trying to force your pup to sit/stay, you are choosing for him. It may be the right choice, but it may not.

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