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This one is a bit harder to fix, because you need to deal with the underlying cause of the fear – which is often easier said than done.
In some cases, the cause of the fear will be something in the environment. If this is the case, you can simply eliminate it. If there’s another dog over the back fence scaring your dog, avoid leaving her out there on her own or get a kennel or crate where she can feel safe.
In other scenarios, the fear is engrained in the dog and not related to a particular environment or situation. The fear might relate to other dogs in general, or a particular type of person (tall men, for instance.) In this case you’ll have to desensitize her to the causes of her fear slowly. The process for this is covered at the end of this chapter.
Separation Anxiety Barking
Separation anxiety is the downside of having such a loyal breed of dog. Because Aussies get so attached to their owners, they’re particularly prone to feeling anxious when you’re not around. This can lead to excessive barking. In the Puppies Chapter I explain how to slowly desensitize your dog to being left on her own – this will help eliminate the barking problem.
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