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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 Harness (Part 2) fearful dogs Jul 06, 2021

Does your sensitive dog avoid their harness? This is a common problem for dogs who don’t love being handled. Last week, I covered Part 1 of harness training for sensitive dogs. We started with the harness on the...

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Training a Fearful Dog to Wear a Harness (Part 1) fearful dogs Jun 28, 2021

If you have a fearful dog, you know that sensitive pups often struggle to enjoy walks the way other dogs do. The outdoor world can be scary, never mind all of the potential challenges a dog has to face before even getting to the front...

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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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Answers to Your Reactive Dog Training Questions fearful dogs reactive dogs May 25, 2021

We asked those of you in our free Facebook support group for your top questions about training your reactive dog, and you were happy to help!  So this week we have an assorted collection of topics, from how often to train,...

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Walking Dogs Together When One is Reactive Part 2: Wait for Treats fearful dogs reactive dogs May 18, 2021

You’ve been been working hard with your reactive dog, and you think you’re ready to try walking them with your second dog. Congrats!  (If you're not there yet, check out our online, self-paced course for...

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Walking Dogs Together When One is Reactive Part 1: Dog Skills fearful dogs reactive dogs May 11, 2021

The students in our online reactive dog program, the Reactive Dog Survival Guide, often have more than one dog at home. Once their reactive dog has improved on walks, a common question is, “Can I walk my dogs...

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Treats aren’t working! Part 2: Rewarding “Bad” Behavior fearful dogs reactive dogs May 04, 2021

Last week we talked about one reason your training with treats might not be working.  Your dog can be motivated to work for treats,  and to bark and growl to make something go away, at the same time!

This week, we’re...

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Treats aren’t working! Part 1: Competing motivations fearful dogs reactive dogs Apr 27, 2021

Recently we talked about what to do if your dog won’t eat treats in training sessions.  But what if your dog WILL eat, but treats aren’t working to change their behavior? If your dog responds to cues and...

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Hiking With Your Fearful or Reactive Dog fearful dogs reactive dogs Apr 20, 2021

Do you dream of relaxing hikes with your reactive dog, but you’re not sure if it’s in the cards?  In this week’s video we talked about how to tell if your reactive or fearful dog is ready to start hiking with...

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