Category Archives: Client Stories

Dog Holding Up Under Bed Growling

Someone asked my opinion yesterday about their dog who takes cover under the bed and dares the owner to bother him. He also has a tendency to guard his chew bones and act uneasy when the  kids want to give him a squeeze, occasionally offering a warning snap.

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Working with a Service/Therapy Dog

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Involved dog owners these days are frequently working with their dogs to serve others.  Many people have a service dog of their own for various disabilities and others may be in training with their pets to be helpful in the areas of therapy at hospitals or care centers.  

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Dogs With Noise Sensitivity

We received another question on Twitter concerning a dog named Bam Bam, a female Setter mix, who has developed a fear of loud pops such as from a gun or balloon.  It seems that this was more of  a learned fear response because she did not always act this way.  

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Dogs That Look Out Window & Bark

We got a question from Cesca on Twitter concerning her 3 yr old Yorkie that barks at everything that moves outside of the window. I suggest that owners do not allow their dogs to become hyper-vigilant about watching and barking out the front window as if they were some sort of sentry dog.

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Kuma, the Fearful/Aggressive Dog Connects!!!

The past week or so of our patient, oh so slow introduction to Kuma had paid off!! He has now connected. I no longer have to gently squat to pick up the end of his drop cord to herd him from one place to another.

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Kuma, the Fearful/Aggressive Dog Begins to Trust

In my blog titled Approaching the Anxious/Nervous Dog, I laid out some do’s and don’ts concerning the human’s approach to such a dog.

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Slow & Easy With the Fearful/Aggressive Dog

As a trainer, when you are confronted with a dog that is snarling and snapping, you are continuously reading the dog’s body language in an effort to see if you can get the dog to begin trusting you.

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Brigitta Works on Her Down Stay

As I have written before, the “down” exercise is often very difficult for an anxious. It is a vulnerable position and can make the dog feel uneasy. It is very important in a case like this to help the dog to feel comfortable.

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Duke the Three Legged Dog Graduates With Honors

I am thrilled to announce that Duke finished his training and returned home today with a whole new life ahead of him. Duke was extremely anxious, partly due to the fact that he had suffered losing his leg at the hands of a trigger happy property owner.

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Approaching the Anxious/Nervous Dog

Anytime you need to deal with an unfamiliar dog, especially an anxious one, there are some do’s and don’ts. Do not stare the dog right in the eye. Instead look away as this will be a sign of friendliness to the dog. Do not come right up into the dog’s space.

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