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How Dogs Sense Fear

How do dogs sense fear? Do they actually smell fear, or are there loads of behavioral indicators that make them afraid? We do know that dogs have a sense of smell that is about one million times more sensitive than humans. It is believed that dogs identify humans based on their individual smell. It’s possible that dogs sense fear in a situation when they smell sweat coming from a human who is in distress.

Two olfactory systems in dogs have been identified. The main olfactory system allows dogs to recognize smells such as a newly opened can of tuna fish, or freshly baked cookies. These types of smells release airborne molecules that attach to olfactory receptors. The accessory olfactory system begins with the Vomeronasal organ, or the Jacobson’s organ, which is located at the floor of the nasal cavity. This system detects emotional states such as territory, aggression and reproduction. Animals communicate with each other by giving off different scents.

Many dogs are fearful of loud noises, such as humans screaming, thunder, the vacuum cleaner and construction equipment. They are also sensitive to the body language of humans. For example, if we run towards a dog he is likely to cower or take a defensive stance. Dogs are superior observers. They probably sense a situation is out of the ordinary just by the way a human behaves.scared dog

How can we soothe a dog that is fearful? It isn’t wise to overly coddle a scared dog, but it is helpful to reach out and offer comforting pets and a reassuring voice to calm them down. If too much attention is given then the fearful behavior might be reinforced. It is also a good idea to try and redirect their attention away from the fearful situation. Offer them something to chew on or engage them in play. There is a product called the Thundershirt that has shown to effectively reduce anxiety and fear in dogs, almost instantly. It works by constantly providing gentle pressure on a dog’s nervous system. Often just reassurance by the owner will help to calm your dog until their fear has passed.

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My Cat Rides In Style

Josie was an indoor-outdoor cat until something attacked her one day. Who knows what actually happened. It could have been a mouse-catching operation gone awry, or maybe a she mistook a raccoon for the family dog she likes to taunt. She came in for some love and a meal that day and her face was bloody with a giant gash underneath her eye.

After several trips to the vet and a few hundred dollars later, Josie was an indoor only cat. Like many cats, every time the door opens, she moves into stealth mode and tries to get out.  Mostly her efforts fail, but the humans tend to feel badly that she can’t go hunting any longer. A stroller seemed like a viable alternative. She can’t prowl on land, but she does get to see and feel the outdoors like the good old days.grayandwhitecat

KittyWalk Systems designed strollers especially for cats. All of their stylish strollers have a 360 degree view. Josie likes the 5th Avenue Luxury stroller in pink, of course. The stroller is great for cruising the neighborhood and park. This is not a jogging stroller and shouldn’t be compared to one. The smaller, swivel wheels mean that the stroller is meant for mostly smooth terrain. Josie is not a cat that would appreciate an all out run, so a stroller for walking is just right for her. The sturdy, claw-proof mesh is an attractive feature. She can go in the front or the rear opening. Josie spent a few days with the stroller sitting in the living room, so she could check it out. The cabin is removable from the frame so she can just pop into the stroller after a car ride to the park.

KittyWalk Systems makes eleven strollers to suit the needs of choosy pet owners. Check out the features for yourself.

 

Kittywalk Emerald SUV Cat Stroller
Kittywalk Original Emerald SUV Cat Stroller