Category Archives: Fearful Dogs

Raised Hackles, A Sign of Aggression in Dogs?

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People often assume that when a dog has raised hackles that it is displaying dominant aggressive behavior. While this may be the case and one should always be respectful of a dog’s show of reactivity, there are multiple reasons for this phenomena taking place.

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Small Dogs That Bite

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Have you ever thought about what it must be like to be a little dog, always having to look up at the giant scary world?

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Getting Acquainted With Ali

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Earning the trust of the fearful dog is a slow, gentle process. Basically, the dog determines the pace as you can’t rush or cut corners. A few days ago Ali came to us for training. It’s no secret she was afraid. Her body was stiff with tail tucked.

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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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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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Building Your Dog’s Confidence

Did you ever hear the saying…”if you want to feel good about yourself, then do something hard”???? That would apply to dogs as well. Many dogs are just unsure by nature, or it could be a learned behavior. You can read so much by studying a dog’s body language.

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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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