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Wednesday Winner: Fearfuldogs.com

March 31, 2010 Leave a comment

My Labrador Retriever, Daisy, is a “fearful dog”. Having spent the first 4 years of her life in a puppy mill (as a breeding dog) Daisy had had little exposure to people, cats, houses, cars, wood floors… or kindness. As you can imagine, it was very challenging for me to help her to become comfortable in her new surroundings, and with people.

But not all fearful dogs come from a situations like Daisy’s. Some are born that way. Some were abused in their former homes. Some were neglected and never had the opportunity to be socialized with other people or dogs. And, some just developed fears over time.

So, where does one go for help when they have a fearful dogs? To a wonderful little site called Fearfuldogs.com. Deb is the owner of a fearful dog herself (Sunny) and has lots of knowledge and experience working with dogs like Daisy. Her website and blog are great resources for people with fearful dogs. She also has some really great videos of how to work with a fearful dog.

If you have a dog that is fearful, I recommend that you check it out. You won’t be sorry! And, if you don’t have a fearful dog I would check it out anyways. There’s lots of great information on the website that can help everyone work better with their dog.

Today’s Wednesday Winner is:
Fearfuldogs.com

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Wednesday Winner: Fearful Dogs

May 20, 2009 1 comment

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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