A Guide To Living With & Training A Fearful Dog

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A finalist in the annual Dog Writers Association of America's writing competition, this book is a valuable resource for anyone living or working with a fearful dog. Learn about the most effective and humane ways to help scared dogs become more comfortable and prevent or stop reactivity and aggression. The author shatters myths and misinformation about the handling of shy, timid and anxious dogs.
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About Debbie Jacobs

Debbie Jacobs is certified in clicker training through the CAP program and is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She lives on the Green River in Vermont with her husband and four dogs.

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Targeting games
Providing a fearful dog with a safe place is very important. Once a dog feels safe they can begin to learn new skills. Targeting is a multi-purpose behavior that is fun for dogs to play.

Dogs who were not exposed to novelty and introduced to people and dogs during their early development may always show signs of wariness or fear around new objects or sudden changes in their environment. Dogs can learn to be more comfortable, but may always startle easily.

Playing the name game
Helping a dog learn to feel good about their names and being spoken to is important.

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Reviews of A Guide To Living With & Training A Fearful Dog by Debbie Jacobs

Elisabeth Braden reviewed on June 8, 2012

I searched the web for help with my rescue dog and found it in this book. Many books offer training tips but they often presume that you are starting with a puppy. Our dog was already a year old when we adopted him from the street. We were using positive training methods but there was something missing. What Debbie's book addresses is how much fear interferes with your dog's acceptance of its new environment, its human family, other dogs, and its necessary training. It helped me understand how to work my dog, to be patient, and trust him. After 4 months with him he is a different dog-- a real part of the family.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Gin Reynders reviewed on May 6, 2012

A great insight to the mind of a fearful dog. The training exercises and suggested ideas are so manageable and easy to understand. You can really tell the author has been through it all with her own fearful dog and this is really comforting. Owning and training a fearful dog really is a tough and long road this book has given me the motivation to try and try again. The author really describes well how I feel training and owning a fearful dog and this made me feel that for once someone understood my pain, frustration and my happiness over the littlest of things. I loved many things about this guide and really recommend it to anyone that has big or little issues with a fearful dog. It's easy to read in one sitting and has clear marked out sections that make it easy to quickly skip to when you're in a training session.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Jodee Kulp reviewed on Nov. 24, 2011
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Thank you for making this book available as an e-book. As a professional trainer I appreciate your insight in working with featful dogs. I find so many in my training programs and am always looking for new ways to help these canines.
Jodee Kulp
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Marian Kipe reviewed on Nov. 2, 2011

As we just got a rescue dog who is very fearful, this book was just what I needed. It has helped me a lot to learn that it takes a long time and a lot of patience to work with a dog like this but also that it is worth it. We are seeing changes every day and some days we regress a little but I always go this book for reassurance that this is normal. Thanks for writing a book on helping these precious dogs.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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