A Guide To Living With & Training A Fearful Dog by Debbie Jacobs

By Debbie Jacobs

A finalist within the annual puppy Writers organization of America's writing festival, this e-book is a beneficial source for somebody residing or operating with a anxious puppy. know about the best and humane how you can support scared canine turn into more well-off and stop or cease reactivity and aggression. the writer shatters myths and incorrect information concerning the dealing with of shy, timid and concerned canine.

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A dog that tolerates something or has become habituated to it does not necessarily have a positive association with that thing. Sensitize: A dog that is repeatedly exposed to things that scare them can also become sensitized to them. That is the risk of using flooding techniques to help a dog get over their fears. What occurs is that you get an amplification of the response from the repeated exposure to the trigger, which is the opposite of what you're after. Positive Reinforcement: This training technique is the one most appropriate to use with fearful dogs.

37 A Guide To Living & Working WIth A Fearful Dog Hobbies & Incompatible Behaviors Every dog has a hobby. A hobby, in my mind, is the opposite of a trigger. A trigger is something that makes your dog behave in a fearful or aggressive way. A hobby is something that makes your dog happy (or acts in a way that a human would define as happy). A hobby is rewarding, and it can be used as a reward, but I think of it as something separate from a reward. Discovering a fearful dog’s hobby can take time and careful observation but it’s a useful component in the process of helping your dog to feel more confident.

If you feel that your dog’s behavior makes him a ‘coward’ or ‘stubborn’ you need to step back and realize that these beliefs concerning his fear issues are not likely to contribute to his improvement. Learn how dogs communicate with their body language. Proceed slowly. Give your dog time to practice each new skill before moving on to the next. Stay calm and be prepared to manage challenging situations with your dog. Continue to work on basic obedience commands in different settings. Use great food rewards and vary what you use.

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