If you live with or are working with a scared or shy dog, this is the place to find information to help you be more effective in rehabilitating your dog. You will find products and services that are available to help with the process, along with groups, message boards and websites that can offer support and advice.

My name is Debbie Jacobs and I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with additional certification in clicker training. I am a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. I offer in-home visits, phone consultations and seminars about the most effective and humane ways to work with dogs with fear based behavior challenges.

I started this site because of Sunny, the handsome border collie on this page. Sunny survived a hoarding situation and was brought to one of the hurricane rescue camps in 2005, where I met him. Over the years I have learned about rehabbing a ‘damaged’ dog and wanted to share that information with other scared/fearful/shy dog owners. Working with a scared dog will be one of the most challenging, frustrating and rewarding experiences a dog owner will ever have. If you’ve decided that you want to not only keep your dog, but help it learn to be less fearful, you’ll find support and information here.

For easier reading and more information about living and working with a fearful dog you can purchase a copy of ‘A Guide to Living With & Training a Fearful Dog‘, a resource for owners and rescuers.

Konrad Lorenz had this to say about training animals- “Art and science aren’t enough, patience is the basic stuff.”


Positive help for fearful dogs. Phone consultations and home visits are available to help you learn more about the most effective and humane ways to work with fearful, shy, anxious and aggressive dogs.

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