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  • Writer's pictureJen Smith

what is "fear free"

Ensuring the well-being of our pets is essential for any pet owner, but it can be challenging to manage our furry friends' anxiety and stress levels. This is where the Fear Free approach comes in. Fear Free is a method that focuses on reducing fear, anxiety, and stress in pets to create a more positive experience for them. The approach involves creating a calming and welcoming environment, using gentle handling techniques, and incorporating behavioral and pharmaceutical interventions to alleviate stress. The Fear Free approach is especially important for pets that are prone to anxiety or have had negative experiences in the past. By minimizing fear and stress, pets are more likely to feel relaxed and cooperative, leading to a better overall experience for both pets and owners. To better understand your pet's emotional state, the Fear Anxiety Stress (FAS) spectrum is a useful tool that can help identify when they are happy and relaxed (green zone), anxious or stressed (yellow zone), or in a state of high anxiety or fear (red zone). Overall, the Fear Free approach can benefit any pet owner looking to reduce their pet's anxiety and stress levels and ensure their well-being.


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