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Does your dog need hiding places? fearful dogs Oct 03, 2023

Many fearful dogs benefit from having places to retreat to and hide in the house.  Is your dog one of them? Look for these 4 signs that your dog would love a cozy hiding spot: 

 

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Scratch Boards With Treat Compartments: Review & Training Plan fearful dogs Sep 19, 2023

Does your dog hate having their nails trimmed? Many dogs don't tolerate having their paws handled at all. That's one reason scratch boards have become so popular- they provide a way for a...

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The "Follow me" game for fearful dogs fearful dogs Sep 13, 2023

If you'd like to teach your fearful dog to happily follow you- to their potty area, to the door, back to their safe space, or just around the house- the "Follow me" game can be a helpful training...

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Should You Socialize Your Dog At Your Next Family Get-Together? fearful dogs Aug 30, 2023

You've got a family get-together coming up, and you're wondering if this might be a good opportunity to socialize your fearful dog with your family. While it might seem like a...

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Fitting Confidence And Skill Building Into Your Dog's Day fearful dogs Aug 21, 2023

When you have a fearful dog, you usually have a laundry list of training issues to work on- and it can feel pretty overwhelming. How are you supposed to find time to do all of that training while...

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Making crate training easier with strategic crate placement fearful dogs Aug 07, 2023

Is your dog's crate training stalled? Sometimes finding ways to make the crate more appealing can be a huge help to get your training moving again. 

Previously I've talked about ways to make...

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Options For Dogs Afraid To Enter The Vet Clinic fearful dogs Jul 31, 2023

Is your dog scared of going into the clinic? Sometimes there are other options available, if you know what to ask your veterinarian. 

Ideally, you'll be working on slowly teaching your...

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What To Do If Your Dog Is Afraid To Walk Far From Home fearful dogs Jul 24, 2023

Do you have a fearful dog who is reluctant to walk more than a short distance from home? This is a pretty common problem, but it can usually be addressed with good positive reinforcement...

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Why Does My Dog Refuse To Move On Walks? fearful dogs Jul 17, 2023

Do you have a dog who sometimes lies down, sits, or plants their paws and refuses to move forward on walks? Or maybe even tries to run home? We've had the question, "Why does my dog do this?" come...

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Teaching Hand Touch: Variations For Sensitive Dogs fearful dogs Jul 10, 2023

Have you tried teaching your dog a hand touch (a.k.a. hand target) behavior, but your dog is uncomfortable taking a treat from your palm? Or maybe they seem worried about your hand when you hold it...

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How To Help Your Fearful Dog Cope With Fireworks Season fearful dogs Jul 04, 2023

Fireworks are tough on many dogs, whether they're generally fearful or not. What can you do to help your dog get through holidays that involve fireworks? Here are a few approaches:  

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Dogs Who Flee Or Cower When Approached: 3 Tips fearful dogs Jun 26, 2023

Does your fearful dog freeze up, flee, or cower when you approach them?  This isn't too uncommon, especially among newly adopted dogs who are fearful of people. Sometimes dogs seem to...

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