Fearful Dogs Logo
Fearful Dogs Logo

Maybe We Shouldn’t Always Play Nice

January 19th, 2023|Training|

Back in 2005 a hoarder named Tammy Hanson had collected close to 500 dogs. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she and her enablers convinced rescue groups that she ran a sanctuary for aggressive dogs. Her Every Dog Needs a Home site was more of a hell on earth, than a sanctuary for the dogs the ...

Training & Educational Opportunities 2023

January 5th, 2023|Training|

Another year and more to look forward to and feel hopeful about. I want to give a shout out to my friend Sara Matters. Sara finished coursework for a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. Along with being an animal trainer, Sara has created Lemon's Hope Sanctuary. Lemon's Hope provides a ...

Why Are Trainers Teaching Risky Behaviors?

September 2nd, 2022|Training|

I started my deep dive into helping an extremely fearful dog in 2005. Over the years I was advised to try a laundry list of methods or protocols to help him. Some were good, others not, and still others left me shaking my head in wonder as to why they were suggested. Among the latter ...

What You Don’t Know About Dog Training

August 5th, 2022|Training|

It’s Unregulated There is no one over arching organization that sets specific standards for trainers. Anyone, absolutely anyone can call themselves a dog trainer. There are no gatekeepers whose job it is to protect consumers from hacks or hucksters. This also means that should a trainer do anything that injures your dog or makes their ...

The Make It Better Training Method

July 11th, 2022|Training|

Professional trainers with an education in behavior and learning make life better for dogs and owners. We understand the connections that are made when both dogs and owners are happy. Because owners who are happy with their dogs are more likely to keep them. And dogs who are happy with their owners pay more attention ...

TRAIN NAKED: Without choke, prong or electronic collars

July 1st, 2022|Training|

THE E-COLLAR EFFECT Once in the habit of using equipment to train or contain animals, it paves the way for continuing its use. We also vary the way it’s used, or incorporate other equipment into our practice. Not all equipment is bad and some is necessary. Our dogs should be wearing equipment that includes visible ...

Training Abused, Neglected & Traumatized Dogs

June 24th, 2022|Training|

People can use verbal language, in some form or another, to explain themselves. We can share the reasons for mistakes or transgressions we have made. Our excuses may be accepted or not. Even when they are, there may be a lingering bad taste left behind. During a volunteer stint at a dog rescue facility I ...

Medications, Training & A Reality Check

May 26th, 2022|Training|

It is possible to address behavior change in a dog without medication. There may be natural products that can support training that owners feel better about using. Perhaps the most natural way to change behavior is through good instruction. But here's the catch, it requires time, effort, and a level of technical understanding and mechanical ...