By Debbie Jacobs
A finalist within the annual puppy Writers organization of America's writing festival, this booklet is a worthy source for someone residing or operating with a nervous puppy. know about the best and humane how one can aid scared canines develop into more well-off and forestall or cease reactivity and aggression. the writer shatters myths and incorrect information in regards to the dealing with of shy, timid and concerned canine.
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Sabu, another cocker’s hobby seems to be eating but I know that it would come in second place if there were cats to harass. Some dogs enjoy shredding stuffed toys, gnawing bones, or sitting on a lap and getting their ears scratched. By providing your fearful dog with time for their hobby, you are giving them the chance to feel good and practice new behaviors and movements. Including yourself in their hobby gives them another reason to want you around. Those tennis balls don’t toss themselves after all.
Camp counselors are leaders, teachers, referees & friends to their charges. They are responsible for the safety of the children in their care. Counselors don’t care if a child runs funny or can’t throw a football very far. They don’t care that someone comes in last during a swimming competition. They do care that their campers have the skills necessary to be safe around the water and happily join in when the group is seeing who can make the biggest splash. If you feel that your dog’s behavior makes him a ‘coward’ or ‘stubborn’ you need to step back and realize that these beliefs concerning his fear issues are not likely to contribute to his improvement.
Hold one out in the palm of your hand and when the dog takes it use your ‘yes’ word (or clicker). After a few repetitions of this, loosely close your palm around the treat and hold it out to your dog. When the dog sniffs, moves toward or touches your hand, praise and give them the treat. Repeat this until the dog 33 A Guide To Living & Working WIth A Fearful Dog understands that it needs to touch your hand. Once the dog is reliably touching your hand you can then add the command, ‘touch it’ or ‘target’.
A Guide To Living With & Training A Fearful Dog by Debbie Jacobs