A scared dog is at great risk when caregivers 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 a fee-based Fearful Dogs Project program that fits your budget.

The epidemic failure in common approaches to fearful dog behavior is the belief 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 merely 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 while building skills and resilience. If you want to be part of the solution, whether for your own dog or for the rescued, adopted, and other 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, including:

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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 help 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  unreliable crowdsourcing for help with their own or their clients' dogs, where commonly-touted tactics often are not humane or 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, other professionals, and various organization types. (See FAM and Venues pages for details.)

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