Working with Fearful Dogs

Many dog owners, shelter/rescue workers, trainers, and other canine professionals find anxiety, fears, and phobias to be among the most challenging behaviors to treat. This information-packed workshop combines lecture, photographs, and extensive video footage to explore the art of working with fearful dogs, with some overlap into fear-based aggression. Topics include:

  • Causes and prevention
  • How fear manifests
  • Recognized and lesser-known stress signals
  • How to work with fearful dogs in the home
  • Suggestions for group classes
  • A Firm Foundation program on which dogs can build confidence
  • Skills owners should know
  • Skills to teach dogs
  • What training equipment is (and is not!) appropriate

Interactive exercises include participation in solving a fear-related case history. You will also get an overview of how complementary therapies can make your treatment plans even more successful.