breed

Q. My dog gets shaky and wants to go outside when my grandbaby cokmes home. He wants to hide and get ancious. Is there something that I can buy

A. Your dog is displaying signs of fear and avoidance of an unwanted situation. Some pets are just not good for young kids and therefore will exhibit this "flight" response when they are confronted with them.

It is encouraged to work with both the pet and the child to ensure that appropriate play is encouraged instead of allowing the child to do unwanted acts (ie. Pulling of tail, chasing) to the pet. Some children are just too young to understand that certain acts are unwanted by the pet and therefore we have to resort to separating the child and pet oftentimes if things get out of hand or if the pet is showing fear.

This is a relationship boundaries issue and this is typically not treated medically or with pheromones, but instead is a behavioral modification training between pet and young child. Hopefully they can be best friends if you remain consistent and can help them find common ground!

Best regards,

- Dr. H

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

Was this helpful?


Related Questions

Related Articles


Preventing Obesity: Start With Your Puppy

I have a problem with roly-poly puppies. Of course, puppies shouldn’t be "lean, mean, fighting machines," but when a puppy crosses the line from normal "baby fat" to just plain fat, I find it concerning. More...

Read More
Separation of the Inner Lining of the Eye in Dogs

Retinal Detachment in Dogs The retina is the innermost lining of the eyeball. Retinal detachment refers to its separation from the back of the eyeball. This can be caused by a variety of genetic and non-genetic factors, and in some...

Read More

DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training.

Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD.

User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions.

petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice.

Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.

Continue Reading