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Teaching "Wipe Your Paws" fearful dogs Aug 08, 2022

Do you have trouble cleaning your dog's paws?  This week I show you how to get started training your dog to wipe their own paws.  

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No-Touch Paw Washing fearful dogs Aug 01, 2022

Do you have a pup who tends to get muddy, but doesn't love having their paws touched?  In this week's video I show you how we trained our dogs to use a foot bath, in order to wash mud off of their paws without touching them.

 

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Easy No-Touch Paw Cleaning fearful dogs Jul 25, 2022

Do you struggle to clean your dog's paws?  Many dogs dislike having their paws touched. If you have a fearful dog, trying to restrain them for paw cleaning could derail any confidence-building you're doing with them. In this week's video...

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Beginning Water Games for Fearful Dogs enrichment fearful dogs Jul 18, 2022

Does your dog avoid water? Or maybe your dog is happy to splash through puddles, but if the water is clean, forget it.  In this week's video I discuss strategies for introducing water-based activities to dogs who don't like water. 

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Bath Alternatives for Fearful Dogs fearful dogs Jul 11, 2022

Does your pup hate baths? If so, you're not alone. Bathing a dog involves a lot of invasive handling, plus water, both of which many dogs find unpleasant. In this week's video I talked about some bath alternatives that might be worth trying with...

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Anti-Anxiety Medications for Foster Dogs fearful dogs Jun 28, 2022

June is Foster a Pet month! So far this month I've talked about skills to teach fearful foster dogs, the benefits of scent work for fearful foster dogs, and what to do when you're fostering a leash-reactive dog. This week, I'm wrapping up...

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Fostering a Leash-Reactive Dog reactive dogs Jun 20, 2022

June is Foster a Pet month, and I'll be talking about foster dog-related topics all month.  This week, I'm talking about what to do if you are fostering a leash-reactive dog (a dog who barks and lunges at things on walks.) 

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Scent Work for Fearful Foster Dogs fearful dogs Jun 13, 2022

June is Foster a Pet month, and I'll be talking about foster dog-related topics all month.  This week, I'm talking about how scent work can be helpful for fearful foster dogs

 

What Is Scent Work? 

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Top 3 Skills for Fearful Foster Dogs fearful dogs Jun 07, 2022

June is Foster a Pet month, and I'll be talking about foster dog-related topics all month.  This week, I share the 3 skills I think are top priority to teach a fearful foster dog. 

 

Why Train Foster Dogs? 

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Rolling Over: Does Your Dog Want Belly Rubs? fearful dogs May 23, 2022

How can you tell if a dog who rolls over wants belly rubs, or is scared? Many fearful dogs roll over when approached, and don't want to be touched. This week, I go over what to look for when deciding whether to try to pet a dog...

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Scent Work for Introducing Fearful Dogs to New Places fearful dogs May 16, 2022

Do you have a dog who is hesitant to explore new places? Many fearful dogs find any new, frightening.  We love Scent Work games for easing fearful dogs' introduction to a new home, to encourage exploration of different rooms in a home, and as...

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Stationing Behavior For Dog Grooming & Health Care fearful dogs May 09, 2022

Does your dog run away when you try to trim their nails, or clean their ears? It's hard to give our dogs the care they need when they're afraid of it.  Luckily, there are a number of behaviors you can teach your dog, called "stationing...

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