The epidemic failure in common approaches to fearful dog behavior is the idea that fearful dogs will just get “used to” things, either by passive or active overexposure or variations of force and coercion. Just as humans don’t “get used to” spiders or other phobias by closing the distance between us and them, our dogs don’t get better that way either. Instead, the way to achieve true success with these dogs is to learn all the best practices for helping them feel safe. If you want to be part of the solution, whether for your own dog or for the rescued and adopted dogs of the world, you are in the right place with The Fearful Dogs Project. We’ll walk you through turning patterns of suffering into patterns of comfort, dramatically improving quality of life for everyone involved.
Fear in companion animals is a surprisingly common phenomenon. Some caregivers are devastated to realize that their dog doesn’t want to be approached, let alone petted and cuddled. Others find themselves unable to have visitors, or to take their dogs outside the home, or even leave home themselves. Unfortunately, people trying to care for extremely fearful dogs often are told the falsehood that they should make the dog accept things that scare them, and some find themselves resorting to inefficient crowdsourcing for help with their own or their clients' dogs, because the commonly-touted tactics simply are not humane and effective long-term. Too often that leads to the dog being surrendered or even worse. It does not have to be that way. TFDP offers an effective, humane program for solutions to lead you toward truly transformative results. Options are available for private owners, animal behavior/training professionals, and various organization types. (See FAM and Venues)
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A scared dog is at great risk when caretakers face inability to remedy fear responses. The Fearful Dogs Project provides expertise and step by step instruction in alleviating and avoiding fear in dogs, so that dogs and people may enjoy safe, humane lifestyles and happy dog-human matches. Contact us now to plan your Fearful Dogs Project program.