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Beginning Mat Training fearful dogs Sep 21, 2021

This week's post is the third installment of our "Building Confidence" series.  Members of our free Facebook support group provided a list of behaviors they felt indicated their dog was feeling confident, and one of them was "lying...

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Teach Your Fearful Dog to Play fearful dogs Sep 15, 2021

I asked members of our free Facebook support group, “What does your dog look like when they’re confident?” One answer they came up with was, “When my dog plays.”  So this week, I talked about how to...

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How to Build Your Dog’s Confidence fearful dogs Aug 31, 2021

If you have a fearful dog, you’ve probably googled “How to build your dog’s confidence,” a time or two.  And you probably found all kinds of advice. Some of it was probably good, some useless but harmless, and...

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Training Your Dog to Ride in a Carrier fearful dogs Aug 25, 2021

Does your dog panic when you try to carry them in a crate or carrier? Many dogs will have to experience being transported in a carrier at some point.  Last week we covered the first steps in carrier training: how to teach your...

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Training for Dogs Afraid of Walks fearful dogs Aug 23, 2021

Is your dog afraid to go for a walk? Maybe your pup refuses to go out the front door, or freezes up and tries to run back once you’re away from home.  

In this week’s video I covered early “going for a...

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Training Your Dog to Get Into a Carrier fearful dogs Aug 17, 2021

If you enjoy hiking with your dog, road tripping, flying, or just need to get them to the vet safely, there’s a good chance you’ll need them to get into a carrier, pack or crate.  This week we covered the first steps...

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First Walks with Your Dog: Preventing “Reactive” Behavior fearful dogs Aug 09, 2021

If you have a newly adopted dog, or if your fearful dog is just starting to go on walks, you’re in a unique position. You might be able to prevent reactive behavior (lunging, barking, etc.) from becoming a problem. 

In this...

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Leash Training for Fearful Dogs Part 2 fearful dogs Jul 20, 2021

Do you have a dog who seems to not know what a leash is, or how to walk on leash? Many dogs adopted as adults have little to no experience being on leash.  When the leash tightens and they feel something pulling on them, these dogs...

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Leash Training for Fearful Dogs Part 1 fearful dogs Jul 13, 2021

Does your dog try to avoid being leashed, or hate going out on walks? Many dogs adopted as adults have little to no experience being on leash.  And as you’ve probably discovered, leash training a fearful adult dog is a whole...

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Training a Fearful Dog to Wear a Collar fearful dogs Jun 21, 2021

Does your fearful dog refuse to go out on walks? Maybe they hate their collar, harness, or leash.  Or maybe the outdoor world terrifies them. Over the next several weeks we’ll be tackling these problems with a series of...

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Walking Dogs Together When One is Reactive Part 4: Training Around Triggers fearful dogs reactive dogs Jun 15, 2021

Many of you have asked how to start walking your reactive dog with your other dog(s), after you’ve done some training with your reactive pup on their own.  In Part 1 of this series, you learned how to start teaching...

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Walking Dogs Together When One is Reactive Part 3: Handling Two Leashes reactive dogs Jun 08, 2021

Walking two dogs together when one is reactive can be a challenge.  In Part 1 of this series, we covered training steps you can practice out on walks when you have two people to work with, one to handle each dog. In ...

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