Phoebe's Tails

The Quirky Life of a Rescue Dog


Anxiety, Fear or Phobia

Moving Made My Dog Stress Out Big Time

I know moving is stressful, but I didn't know how stressful it is for dogs until Phoebe had a little "nervous breakdown". When we got the bright idea to move across country I did not even consider the possibility of... Continue Reading →

Some Fears Do Pass Without Our Help

Not long ago I wrote a post about Phoebe's seemingly sudden fears of several things. I was over-analyzing and going out of my way to try things that would reduce or eliminate the fear. I received a comment that politely pointed... Continue Reading →

How Can Everyday Things Cause Fear?

I am sure many dogs are resilient when something scary happens. Phoebe is not one of them. Selective Fear of Lawn Two things she used to love to do, now scare her. I am not sure why. I can only... Continue Reading →

How to Calm Your Dog with an Ace Bandage

Update: It has been two years since I wrote this post and it has done wonders this week (July 2016). Original Post: It is a perfect day for this topic. The fourth of July - when fireworks are in abundance.... Continue Reading →

Coddle Your Your Dog When they Whine so They Learn to do it More

This one goes along with sending mixed messages. A really good way to stress out a stressed dog is to coddle them and as if trying to soothe a child. Sometimes Phoebe will walk around whining for seemingly no reason... Continue Reading →

Possesion Aggression

She growled at me. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I just backed off and furiously scoured the Web. At that moment, something between me and Phoebe changed. The dog who adopted me, follows me around like a shadow... Continue Reading →

Leash Reactivity

I had a wake-up call the other day. Phoebe and I were out for a walk, and she had her nose to the ground sniffing the entire time.  The net result was a lot of tugging forward or dragging behind.... Continue Reading →

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