Dear Connie

Dear Connie,

We have a five-year-old mongrel rescued from bins at four-weeks-old who is generally a happy dog who everyone loves.

He has always been afraid of thunder and lightning but is becoming increasingly nervous of other noises. He hides away from rain, wind, slight cracking noises in the house, bumps and creaks. He barks when we have visitors but that’s ‘happy to see you’ barking and he’s not nervous.

Can you give any advice on how we can help him overcome his nervousness?

Kindest regards

Pauline and Bob Wykes
The best advice I can give you is to get into a class as soon as possible. Your vet might be able to help you.
Good luck,


Hello Connie,

We took home a two-year-old labrador cross from PAWS (dog charity). He is very loveable but very nervous of noises, and men in particular! He constantly wets on the floor when excited or nervous. When we take him for a walk he wets on the floor whilst getting his lead on. We give him lots of reassurance and we are hoping it will be a matter of time for his behaviour to change? He seldom does his business out where we take him twice a day and hasn’t yet cocked his leg! He was left in a box when a puppy and been in the shelter ever since.  Many thanks,


Hello Sheila,

How lovely of you to take a pet from PAWS, I think this is a wonderful charity.

Now about your dog, let us keep in mind that we know nothing of his background and you are strangers to him. He must not be rushed and this will change in the next few weeks. However he must not be spoilt, not allowed on chairs or the bed. Most important is to take him to a training school.


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