Category Archives: Fearful Dogs
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.Read more
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?Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.