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Thinking is Good!

By |2009-03-26T16:48:51-04:00March 26th, 2009|Categories: Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Studies have shown that thinking and learning can slow or even reverse the effects of aging on the human brain. Learning new skills, like playing the piano or line dancing, doing crossword puzzles or brushing up on quadratic equations, is important for humans at any age. It seems that the axiom, 'use it or lose it' is true for our minds. I thought about this ...

How Realistic Are Your Goals For Your Scared Dog

By |2009-01-08T19:56:22-05:00January 8th, 2009|Categories: Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If you're an owner of a fearful dog you've heard it all before- "He just needs love." "Give her some time." "Lots of dogs are shy at first." But you've probably discovered that it takes more than time and love to help a fearful dog. If your dog is just afraid of some stuff, you may, with the understanding of counter conditioning and ...

Medications for Fearful Dogs

By |2009-01-04T15:08:02-05:00January 4th, 2009|Categories: Medications for fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether or not to use behavioral medications to help your dog is a personal decision, but one which is often based on incomplete information. One comment often made by dog owners is, "I don't like to drug my dog." Fair enough. I don't like to 'drug' my dogs either, but I'm sure glad that my dog with no thyroid function has a medication to help ...

Bad Advice

By |2008-12-27T14:06:49-05:00December 27th, 2008|Categories: Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Advising someone with a fearful or shy dog to expose their dog to whatever induces fear in them, without encouraging owners to have an understanding of thresholds, counter conditioning and desensitization, is IMHO, irresponsible. Every dog is different and just because someone has had success in improving fear based behaviors with their dog or even a number of dogs, using techniques such as flooding or ...

Go Ahead Comfort That Scared Dog!

By |2008-12-20T01:08:06-05:00December 20th, 2008|Categories: Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , |

I'm not sure why it is people are so reluctant to accept that you can comfort, or reward a dog when it is afraid and NOT be telling the dog it's ok to be afraid. Doctors give little kids lollipops, we hug people who are nervous, we hold the hand of someone who is afraid and we are not causing them to become ...

Be a better trainer, not a stronger leader

By |2008-12-18T14:21:28-05:00December 18th, 2008|Categories: Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

At an agility meet over the weekend I met a young woman who ran a rescue organization. She was at the event to run her own dog, a small breed mix that should be auditioning for the next Disney film it was so darn cute. Between runs we met in the parking lot, she had a different dog, a pom/chi mix that was visibly nervous. ...

How To Be A Friend To A Fearful Dog

By |2008-12-11T14:56:03-05:00December 11th, 2008|Categories: Helping fearful dogs|Tags: , , , , , , |

It is possible to change how a dog feels and behaves around the things that scare them. And even a dog that isn’t exactly the dog of someone’s dreams can have a good life and provide their owner with companionship and joy. But making this happen usually means changing how we think about our scared dogs. It means questioning the things we’ve been told about dogs and how they learn new skills.