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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,...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Tips for a Peaceful Multi-Dog Home reactive dogs Feb 01, 2021

Having a multi-dog home can come with many wonderful benefits, but also more headaches.  On the plus side, your dogs might be best friends and playmates. They provide lots of mental...

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Easy Steps to Reduce Barking at Home reactive dogs Jan 26, 2021

Dogs bark. That’s kind of their job. They bark at delivery people, dogs passing by, weird noises, the garbage truck… But barking can become a problem when it’s frequent or...

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Dealing with Car Barking reactive dogs Jan 18, 2021

Few things are as irritating and anxiety-producing as your dog barking right behind your head as you try to drive your car.  If you are the parent of a dog who is also reactive on their...

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Training Games for Dogs: Arriving in New Places reactive dogs Jan 12, 2021

If you have a fearful or reactive dog, you might dread going to new places with your pup.  You brace yourself for the inevitable barking, lunging, or maybe panicking and trying to flee. It...

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Front Door Training Games for Dogs Who Bolt or Balk fearful dogs reactive dogs Jan 05, 2021

One of the most common training frustrations you’ve told us about is the contrast in your dog’s behavior between indoors and outdoors. Your dog can do all of their tricks at home,...

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