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How To Move Your Fearful Dog Without Force fearful dogs Jan 30, 2023

Do you have a fearful dog who is hesitant to move around the house? Do you find yourself dragging, picking up, or "herding" your dog around? If we want to build our fearful dog's confidence,...

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Happy Vet Visits For Dogs Afraid To Enter The Clinic fearful dogs Jan 23, 2023

We frequently get asked how to start "happy vet visits" with a dog who is afraid to enter the clinic.  "Happy vet visits" don't involve any procedures or invasive handling. Instead, in a...

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First Walk Destinations With Your Fearful Dog fearful dogs Jan 16, 2023

You've finally trained your fearful pup to have a collar, harness and leash put on them, and you're excited to take them on their first walk!  How can you ensure these first walks...

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Does Your Dog Really Want To Be Petted? enrichment fearful dogs reactive dogs Jan 09, 2023

Most of us assume that dogs like petting.  But how do we know? 


Dogs are individuals just like people are. Some love cuddling, and some don’t.  And even the cuddliest...

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Getting Cute Holiday Photos Without Scaring Your Fearful Dog fearful dogs Dec 12, 2022

This time of year, lots of people are posting photos of their dogs (or kids!) with Santa, or in cute little holiday outfits.  For those of us with fearful or reactive dogs, these kind of...

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The Name Game for Fearful Dogs fearful dogs Dec 05, 2022

Looking for a simple training game you can play with your fearful dog?  The "Name Game" teaches your pup to look at you when you say their name.  It's great for very fearful dogs...

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Equipment and Gear For Keeping Your Fearful Dog Safe fearful dogs Nov 14, 2022

If you have a fearful dog, you might have spent some time worrying about what could happen if they got loose, and got lost.  This is a legitimate worry! Scared dogs can be VERY hard to...

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Safe Space Enrichment for Fearful Dogs (Halloween Edition!) enrichment fearful dogs Oct 31, 2022

You've got your fearful dog home and settled in their safe spacebut they don't seem interested in any of the toys you've provided. How can you get them to start engaging in fun, enriching...

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Training "Take A Treat From My Hand" fearful dogs Oct 24, 2022

Do you have an anxious dog who is reluctant to take treats from your hand?  If your dog is comfortable approaching you and eating next to you, but not yet taking treats from your hand...

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Should I Try To Get My Dog To Take A Treat From My Hand? fearful dogs Oct 17, 2022

We all want our dogs to take treats from us, and most dogs love treats! However, for a fearful dog, taking a treat from a person's hand is no small feat. It is a skill that we can teach our...

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Is Your Shy Dog Afraid To Approach You? fearful dogs Oct 10, 2022

Is your shy dog hesitant to approach you or other family members? In this week's video, I give three tips to help increase your dog's willingness to approach you. 

    

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Dog Too Scared To Take Treats? fearful dogs Sep 19, 2022

Does your dog refuse treats? Maybe they won't take treats from your hand, or they flee if you try to toss treats to them?  In this video series, I give you tips for making treats...

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