Top 10 tips. If a dog is afraid of you, they might cower or hide. It might take a while for a dog to warm up to you. When a wiggly little bead of light catches a dog's eye, nothing in the world matters more than capturing it. You are not alone. He's also very good at interacting with dogs that are afraid of other dogs as he reads them very well. While fear is a normal, adaptive response, sometimes a dog’s fear response can reach more extreme levels that require intervention. A dog who's unclear of the rules and unsure how to behave will be chronically insecure. I have come across many dogs that were either rescues or not socialized enough that are afraid of walking on certain surfaces. Noise anxiety in dogs is a phobia or strong feeling of fear around loud noises, like sounds from fireworks or thunderstorms. The owner would simultaneously call out the buzz word, "Enough!" The owners were made to walk in front of the reflection and the dog when he seemed to be focused on the reflection. Stefanine, in your case we probably will never know what kind of life your dog had over the last four years, and it is possible that she was abused and now is scared of relatively simple things such as shadows and reflections. You cannot explain to a dog why it shouldn’t be scared, or tell the dog that the frightening thing won’t hurt it or is going away soon — they do not have the cognitive abilities to understand those concepts. They pee and adopts submissive postures to mollify anyone they perceive as a "leader" and to avoid punishment. The most common surfaces are usually slippery ones, such as laminate, tile, linoleum, or metal, such as manhole covers on the street, vents, etc. When he does that I give him a 'good job'. By comforting a fearful dog, you are rewarding what it’s doing in that moment: being scared. Dogs that are diagnosed with photophobia will need to be kept in low light conditions and not exposed to bright light or full sunlight until the condition is resolved. Hide reflective objects: until you have the problem under control, hiding any reflective objects will reduce the amount of shadows in your home, which will reduce your dog’s stress and anxiety. To our dogs, affection is a reward. To license this video please email: licensing@theladbiblegroup.comTo view more content visit www.thecontentbible.com Is your dog scared of your kitchen floor? Distract your dog : When you see shadows appear, try to distract your dog with a new toy or something that catches your pet’s attention. Unfortunately, "it" is just an ungraspable bundle of massless photons. Shutterstock Remember, a dog that doesn't like you might actually just be kind of scared of you — and this fear can manifest itself in physical ways. However, it is just as likely that this is simply her personality. 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