Comments on How to Respond to Your Fearful Dog

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eleanor   derry, NH

9/30/2010 5:46:55 PM

great quiz

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Cari   New Hartford, NY

9/11/2010 11:03:19 AM

The vacuum answer was a little off, You bring the machine out and allow the dog to familarize themself with it while it is off. Slowly moving it around the house so the dog realizes it not a scary thing before even turning it on.

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Shirley   Springville, IA

8/1/2010 2:06:50 PM

Great quizz!!

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Maria   Nutley, NJ

7/10/2010 7:04:55 PM

Greg Kleva, behavioral therapist, celebrity dog trainer and host of 'It's A Dog's Life' on Martha Stewart Living Radio - Sirius XM, gives GREAT advice for helping stressed & anxious dogs overcome their fears...

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Shyla   North Vernon, IN

6/3/2010 5:09:57 PM

this was and is very helpful. but i already knew these but i wanted to thank you for putting these tips on there for everyone to see. i think, or i know a lot of people will use these tips. so thank you.


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Emily   toronto, ON

6/2/2010 1:58:06 PM

I believe this would be more helpful if it were to introduce the concept of classical counter conditioning and how to properly execute it. The vacuum question is not desensitization, that is describing habituation, however if the dog is significantly fearful then there is a very good likelihood that the dog will sensitize further to the sound. I would recommend Pat McConnel's "the cautious canine" available from

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Kay   Lake Havasu City, AZ

5/11/2010 11:58:36 PM

Never thought to use the technique with the vacuum "problem" - I have used the leash and gentle approach and treats when "strange" repair people come over (until my big dog calms down). Will definitely try this. Thanks.

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jennifer   billings, MT

4/27/2010 11:15:02 AM

Jackie doesn't mind vehicles of any sort when walking but she gets upset during storms,and fireworks. I am working with her to not get so scared.

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Rick   Cleveland Heights, OH

4/24/2010 6:39:52 PM

Sheila: It is right to take your dog near other dogs and people. Bring plenty of treats- keep him at a distance that he feels comfortable walking without signs of fear or being timid. As you walk by give praise and treats when he does well. Each week move closer and praise and treat when he does a good job. Move back if he gets nervous till he is comfortable. It may take a lot of work, but my pup went from a dog who walked with his tail between his legs and hardly moved, to a tail wagging confident dog. Also remember that they have days also. Don't force him to learn quickly- if he doesn't seem to be getting the hang of it- don't get frustrated. Do it the next day- It will give you a lot of pride when your pooch finally gets it.

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Tammy   Baskerville, VA

4/20/2010 7:41:44 AM

very helpful


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Donnarose   Signal Hill, CA

4/18/2010 1:35:21 AM

My dog do's not fear anyone the only things he fears are earthquakes, he's usually the first one out the door.My dog Jr.Bear loves vacuums he likes when I vacuum his fur,but he does run when I turn it on. When theirs fireworks I keep him inside and I will message him so he relaxes. He also loves to listen to Classical Music. He's diffently not a lap dog, he weights over 100 pounds.

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Bernie   Malden, MA

4/15/2010 10:05:03 AM

Good info.

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sheila   St. Peter, MN

4/13/2010 7:02:23 AM

What if my dog is just timid of
I try to take him for walks where he will encounter people so he get's used to them, but is there a better way?

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grace   Upland, CA

4/8/2010 8:23:34 PM

What if my dog's scared of water?

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faith   Dallas, TX

3/13/2010 11:46:53 AM

good article...never say "it's okay"or "comfort'a dog in a fearful situationthat's only condoning the behavior.

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Tiffany   Schofield, WI

3/10/2010 11:30:10 AM

yes, thanks for the reminders, good quiz!

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Arleen   Long Beach, MS

3/3/2010 5:01:25 PM

I got a few wrong. Great reminders. Hard to remember when the actual time to use this advice.

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Sara   New Holland, PA

2/26/2010 12:07:06 PM

I only got 1 right. This is great advice and I'm really glad I took this quiz.

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Cynthia   Sweet Home, OR

2/25/2010 7:02:01 AM

I learned I need to bee more understanding and so pushy and expecting too much too soon

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Meghan   Hamilton, ON

2/21/2010 7:04:36 AM

Great advice, we'll be sure to try these!

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