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Dog anxiety over flies

July 16th, 2012, 08:29 PM
Our dog Shiraz got bitten by a horse fly his first Summer. Now his cottage time is focused on keeping the flies off him. He practically turns himself inside out. It is ruining his cottage experience any suggestions to get him over his fly phobia. Flies aren't biting him....he is just obsessed with the fact that they are around him. Thanks! JG

July 16th, 2012, 09:51 PM
Once bitten, twice shy. Sounds like a smart dog to me.

July 17th, 2012, 05:37 PM
This is a tough one because he has a right to keep himself protected and he is his own best fly swatter.

You should probably investigate a good natural fly spray that won't hurt him if he licks himself. Citronella might be worth a shot.

You could tie something little and black to a bit of fishing line and tie that to a stick which you would dangle around his head and body like a fly - when he thinks about going for it you would use the 'leave it' command, and desensitize him to flies. When he is able to resist the temptation to snap at the fly, praise him, and offer a toy to play with or a treat occasionally.

This is a tough one, good luck.