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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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Getting People to Follow Instructions Around Your Fearful Dog fearful dogs reactive dogs Apr 13, 2021

Do you have trouble getting your family or friends to follow instructions around your fearful dog?  

Last week we talked about human behaviors that are scary to fearful dogs.  Staring directly at a fearful dog,...

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My Dog Isn’t Food Motivated Part 2: Human Behavior fearful dogs reactive dogs Apr 06, 2021

Do you have a fearful dog who isn’t food motivated?  If your dog won’t eat treats around new people, there are changes to your training setup, including to the behavior of the humans involved, that can help. 

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My Dog Isn’t Food Motivated! fearful dogs reactive dogs Mar 30, 2021

You want to use positive reinforcement to train your fearful or reactive dog to behave better around unfamiliar people.  But, your dog isn’t food motivated!  They won’t eat when people are around.   What to...

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Should you ask your vet about behavior medication for your dog? fearful dogs reactive dogs Mar 23, 2021

Have you asked your vet about behavior medication for your fearful, aggressive, or reactive dog? If not, why not? 

Or have you tried one, two, or more medications and given up, deciding that meds won’t help your dog? 

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Getting your Dog to Take Pills fearful dogs reactive dogs Mar 16, 2021

Lots of dogs take pills daily, especially anxious or fearful dogs. (If you haven’t already talked with your vet or a veterinary behaviorist about whether anti-anxiety medication could benefit your fearful dog, call them...

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Indoor “Potty” Options for Fearful Dogs fearful dogs reactive dogs Mar 09, 2021

We tend to think of going out to the back yard, or on a walk, as “normal” dog activities. However,  for a very fearful dog, these are not normal behaviors.  In fact, they might be downright impossible for them. ...

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Bringing home a fearful dog fearful dogs reactive dogs Mar 02, 2021

In our Fearful and Reactive Dog Support Community, many dog parents struggle with fearful dogs who don’t like to be touched, or even looked at.  These dogs need a level of care that even most lifelong “dog...

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Dog Barking at Husband Part 2: Training reactive dogs Feb 23, 2021

Our foster dog, Pancake, is afraid of my husband. He barks and growls at him in a number of situations. Last week I shared how we decreased these behaviors by decreasing Pancake’s opportunities and motivation to behave this...

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Case Study: Dog Barking at Husband reactive dogs Feb 15, 2021

Last week I talked about whether you should say “No” when your dog growls, barks, or snaps.  The example I used was of my foster dog who behaves aggressively toward my husband.  I explained why saying...

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Should You Tell Your Dog “No?” reactive dogs Feb 09, 2021

Should you say “No” when your dog growls, barks, or snaps?  It’s a reasonable question.  We don’t like it when our dogs behave aggressively, and we want them to stop. 

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