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Wednesday Winner: Fearful Dogs


Back in November of 2007, I was walking dogs at the Minnesota Valley Humane Society, as I have for the past 7 years. It was there that I first saw a dog, a yellow lab, that was so afraid of humans that she would cower in fear, avoid eye contact, and when walked, she would slink low to the ground, almost like she was crawling. It turns out she was a rescue from a puppy mill, where she had been a breeder dog. My heart broke for this poor baby who had just had her last litter (only one of the many she’s had in her short life).

I offered to foster her in the hopes that I could rehabilitate her so she could be adopted out to a nice family. In the next few months, I would discover that working with a fearful dog is not the same as training a puppy or working with a dog who lacked “manners”. If only I had known of a place where I could get information on how to work with this fearful dog. I could have avoided some of the mistakes I made early on and perhaps, helped Daisy (that’s her name by the way) to make progress sooner than she did.

Well now I do know about a great site that has tons of helpful information about working with fearful dogs! The site is called exactly that – Fearful Dogs! It has a wonderful list of topics and tons of helpful advice for those who are working with or own a fearful dog. There’s also a blog that contains more helpful information.

By the way, Daisy was adopted at long last…by me! Since then, she has made the most amazing progress and continues to inspire and amaze me every day. You can read about her here.

In dedication to Daisy and all dogs like her, today’s Wednesday Winner is www.fearfuldogs.com. Check it out!

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  1. May 21, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Wow, thanks for this! I never win anything 😉

    My philosophy is that there is lots to do to make the world a better place and no one of us can do it all, but we each can find something that moves us and act on it. I have always enjoyed being with dogs and like you with Daisy, when Sunny came into my life I was moved to help him, as best I could.

    And like you I found either limited or incomplete resources or even worse, dangerously wrong resources and information. I was moved to create the fearfuldogs.com website to help others like me struggling with how to proceed with a seriously scared dog.

    It feels good to know that some scared dog out there is going to be comforted (call it coddling if you like ;-), reassured, rewarded, treated gently and kindly because their handler read what I was moved to write. Thank you for helping to get the word out for these fearful dogs.

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