We get quite a good bit of insight from Debbie Jacobs’ Fearful Dog Blog. Debbie’s recent post on Fearful Dog Fails helped me reassess some of our own Fearful Dog Foster Fails.
There is something to be gained from milestone moments, and moments when you feel like you have miles and miles to go. So here’s to making the most of each moment, and continuing to learn together, leash in hand.
One of the reasons I go on like a broken record about the importance of using reward based training methods that have been designed based on the evidence available garnered through the study of animal behavior and research is because working with fearful dogs can be so darn challenging. So challenging that if you don’t start seeing improvements soon you might become frustrated and disillusioned and the dog’s behavior can continue to degrade.
It’s the same reason I repeatedly remind people about behavioral medications that can help the process of changing how a dog feels about things that scare them. The risks of putting a dog on an approved behavioral medication for a few months, following the protocol recommended by a veterinarian, may be fewer than the risks we take by continuing to expose a dog to triggers without them. We can add more fears to a dog’s list of…
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