Tag Archives: fearful dog

My Dog Doesn’t Like Other Dogs: 5 steps to Stop the Barking and Lunging

Posted on: June 5, 2017 - 1 Comment

We’ve all seen it. Person and dog are walking along the street. Dog spots another person or dog and goes ballistic. Barking, lunging, ducking and diving, in a flurry of teeth and claws, looking for all the world as if she wants to eat everyone in her path. Then we see the poor owner trying Read More

How to keep your dog happy and stress free whilst at a dog show

Posted on: May 23, 2017 - No Comments

Family dog shows can be wonderful events to attend. They are great places to meet up with friends, spend time around lots of other dogs, show your own dog off and hopefully win some rosettes. Some dogs really enjoy these events and walk round the show ring with a relaxed body, bright eyes and a Read More

Dog Reactivity – what actually is it?

Posted on: February 17, 2017 - No Comments

Got a reactive dog? A fearful, anxious, or aggressive dog? A dog who barks and lunges at everything she sees? This is just for you!

Tips For Decreasing Reactivity in a Competition Dog

Posted on: November 27, 2016 - No Comments

In the competition sport of agility, there are many variables to manage. When I created a behavior modification program for my own dog, here were some of the things I considered to help set him up for success.

“I Can’t. You’re Making Me Nervous”

Posted on: August 15, 2016 - No Comments

Have you noticed that there are times when your dog can't respond to a cue that is normally easy? It may be the environment is different or too distracting. Or, it may be you.

How To Change How A Dog Feels About Scary Stuff: Step Two

Posted on: May 26, 2015 - No Comments

Many dogs are constantly scared and startled by objects or events in their environment. Sometimes we have control over those things, often we don’t, but we can still help the dog learn to feel better, safer and more comfortable, around them.

Positively Dog Training Episode 404

Posted on: May 10, 2015 - No Comments

Victoria and Holly talk about Holly’s interesting experience sitting next to a military working dog on her flight. State Farm Arson Dog Program Coordinator Heather Paul joins the show to chat about Victoria’s ‘Arson Dogs’ series and upcoming Arson Awareness Week. And Victoria answers some tricky ‘Ask Victoria’ questions.

The First Step To Take To Help A Fearful Dog

Posted on: April 20, 2015 - 21 Comments

If a dog is constantly or repeatedly afraid of what is going on around them it’s going to be difficult for them to feel safe. We can no more force a dog to feel safe then we can force a fresh water fish to survive in salt water.

Separation Anxiety? What You Can Do

Posted on: October 3, 2013 - 9 Comments

Separation Anxiety? What You Can Do. Dogs are social creatures and can over-attach to a pet parent or canine housemate and become habituated to continual contact. When left alone these dogs may experience what is akin to a panic attack in humans. A well-structured change in routine may break the cycle of anxiety if practiced Read More

Respect the Fear, Change the Perception

Posted on: September 24, 2013 - 8 Comments

We all have fears. Every single person has them, even the toughest of the tough and the baddest of the bad. We're supposed to have fears, it's what allows us as a species to survive. The problem is that many of us are mocked, or worse, for our fears, which only begets a higher level of fear or creates new ones. However, if we had the opportunity to work with someone we TRUST, who could TEACH us how to CHANGE our perception of what we fear, we could lessen or overcome that fear, thereby ENJOYING life even more.

Positively Dog Training Episode 305

Posted on: October 3, 2012 - 1 Comment

Victoria & Holly catch up on overdue Ask Victoria questions, talk about how to help military working dogs in Afghanistan, and Victoria's canine forensic investigation work with Jim Crosby.

Help for the Fearful Dog

Posted on: February 7, 2011 - 17 Comments

“Lilly” certainly was little. She measured just up to the high end of my ankle and it made me shiver to think of what it was like to live down there with all the giant humans and bigger dogs tramping all over the place. Nevertheless, I’ve seen many confident, even overly-confident toy breed pups that Read More

Socialization and Fear

Posted on: September 1, 2010 - 4 Comments

Is your dog low on the “social butterfly” scale? If you’re wondering why your dog is not more playful with you, other people or dogs and what you can do, take heart. Most dogs can learn to be more playful and affectionate. Sometimes we have to train a water-shy Labrador to swim and socialize. Try Read More