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Should You Let Your Dog Hide? fearful dogs Jun 19, 2023

Should you let your dog hide when they want to? Or do you need to take away their hiding places so they get used to being around people?  You'll find a lot of conflicting advice on this topic....

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Brushes For Sensitive Dogs fearful dogs Jun 12, 2023

Do you have a touch-sensitive dog who needs to be brushed, but hates it? Or maybe you're just starting to think about training your dog to be comfortable being brushed. Either way, you'll want to...

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Why Do Dogs Hate My Dog? Decreasing barking at you dog fearful dogs Jun 05, 2023

Does it seem like your dog is on the receiving end of a lot of barking or other negative reactions from other dogs out on walks? If so, you probably wish you could avoid these reactions- especially...

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Dog Doesn't Like Petting? 3 Tips fearful dogs May 22, 2023

Do you have a dog who moves away if you try to pet them? Or maybe they growl or snap? Or maybe, you can't touch your dog at all. What can you do to change your dog's mind about petting?

For most...

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Dog Doesn't Like Petting? 3 Games To Play Instead fearful dogs May 15, 2023

For many of us with sensitive dogs, our desire to snuggle with them or pet them far surpasses their enjoyment of these activities. It can be tough to resist getting pushy with petting, when...

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Anxious Dog Doesn't Like To Go Out? 5 Tips fearful dogs May 08, 2023

For many fearful dogs, going outside to "do their business" can be a harrowing experience. There might be traffic noises, dogs barking, leaves moving in the wind, rain or snow... the list of...

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Vet Care And Grooming For Fearful Dogs: Minimizing Stress fearful dogs May 01, 2023

Often our dogs need veterinary care and grooming, before we've trained them to be comfortable with being handled by strangers (or even by us!).  How can we make needed care as minimally...

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Three Behaviors To Train Before (And During) Your Dog's First Walks fearful dogs Apr 24, 2023

So you're getting ready to take your shy pup on their first walks (or maybe you've already started.) What can you teach them to help your walks go more smoothly? 

Walks with fearful dogs is...

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Training Games For "Hand-Shy" Dogs fearful dogs Apr 17, 2023

Does your dog flinch away when you reach over their head? Here I give you a few simple training games that can help your dog become more comfortable with hands overhead.

Please note that these...

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Dog Scared Of Moving Around The House? 3 Ways To Encourage Exploration Apr 10, 2023

If you have a pup who is afraid to move around the house, and instead mostly stays in their "safe zone", you might be wondering how to encourage them to start exploring a bit more.  Here...

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Does Your Dog Hate Their Crate? 3 Alternatives fearful dogs Apr 03, 2023

There are many reasons you might need to confine your fearful dog. Maybe they venture out of their safe space and get spooked, and you'd like to avoid that. Or maybe you want to have a little...

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"Stand Still" For Grooming: Training To Get Started fearful dogs Mar 27, 2023

Teaching our fearful pups to happily participate in grooming can seem like a tall order. No wonder, since many of them are not comfortable being touched at all when we first bring them home. ...

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