The Cautious Canine-How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears

The Cautious Canine-How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears

Patricia B. McConnell

Language: English

Pages: 30

ISBN: 1891767003

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

So many behavioral problems in dogs result from fear, but fear-based problems can become worse if treated incorrectly. This booklet provides a step-by-step dog training program of desensitizing and counter classical conditioning. It can help you solve minor dog problems and prevent serious ones, whether your dog's fears include the vacuum cleaner, people with hats, or the stranger at the door. Covered are the oh-so-important details related to identifying exactly what triggers your dog, creating a step-by-step treatment plan, monitoring your progress, and why you need to treat the fear and not just your dog's reaction to the fear. This booklet is on the "Top- Ten" of Dogwise's Dog Training Book Catalog, and has helped thousands of dogs and their owners around the country.

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as much as you can. Nothing substitutes for one-onone coaching (how much could you learn about ice skating from If you don't 27 just reading a book?), getting you started but good books can go on the right track. I a long way toward have a small book called Beginning Family Dog Training available through 608/767-2435) my office (at you might find useful. Also look for any of the training books by Dr. Ian Dunbar, Parenting Tour Dog by Trish King, and The Power of Positive Dog

dog something commands over his else to do. like sit and agility obstacles. mind and body Diet: Be sure your stay. Teach him anything but bad habits, and keep busy! dog is getting a healthy diet — either through Some dogs do open to evaluating high quality kibble or food you prepare yourself. better on some food rather than others, so be your dog's diet during treatment. all this, you have a lucky dog indeed! May he be good a friend to you as you are to him. The best of

instead of dinner kibble (which will be 95% of dog owners), decrease his dinner by 5 or 10 percent. I'd rather your dog gained a pound or two than bite your neighbor, but I don't want your dog blimping out so that you end up with a health problem. You can also compensate for the extra food by adding more exercise to your dog's day lots of exercise is extremely valuable for fearful dogs anyway, so it's well worth your time. — If your dog loves tasty treats, then you are going too if your

this triggers, favorite treats. How much of this do I have to do? The key to getting this to work is to create events, over and over again, where your dog learns to associate feeling great with a low intensity version of what scares him. The number of repetitions needed varies tremendously from one dog to another, depending on many factors. The degree of shyness of the dog (mediated both by genetics and early experience), whether your dog is an "alpha-wannabee," the number of exposures per

lose by being cautious, and what's a few more weeks or months of training compared to many years of a happy and safe life for your dog? Don't go beyond this stage until your dog clearly begins to anticipate something good happening when he sees a stranger at your predetermined distance. For instance, King might see someone coming down the street and look at you and wag his tail. Maggie might try Once you get this kind of response, continue with this phase for several more sessions before

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