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Help for Your Shy Dog: Turning Your Terrified Dog into a Terrific Pet

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Fifteen to twenty percent of dogs are born with a tendency towards introversion and fearfulness, leading to behaviors like uncontrolled submissive urination, fear-aggression, and inability to bond with humans. With understanding and the right training, fearful dogs need not be condemned as bad pets; rather, they can become some of the happiest and most deeply bonded dogs around—the ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Howell Book House
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Mar 10, 2008 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dog lovers
After talking at length with a "dog whisperer" proponent, I decided that his approach would be likely to upset and scare Ginny more, so I checked this book out of the library. I found it much more sensible.

The author talks about several specific dogs and their owners, and how the dogs went on to overcome various fear behaviors and go on to win obedience and agility shows. Her three main pieces of advice are: 1) make everything as positive as possible, 2) act confident and show your dog you beli
An excellent book full of stories of dogs that have triumphed over their fearfulness, complete with case history and steps taken in their training. This book offers several different options for training, depending int the circumstances and exact fears/reactions of your dog. Sully (Pembroke Welsh Corgi) was fear aggressive towards dogs, and extremely shy around strangers, children, skittish on slick surfaces, around loud noises and quick movements. He now has multiple obedience and rally titles ...more
If I wanted a book about child psychology, I would have purchased a book about child psychology. This book offered nothing I didn't already know about dog training, and leaned on the author's expertise with human behavior modification than expertise with animals.
Laura Scheunemann
This book saved my (emotional)life when I was being told by perfect strangers to put my newly acquired (and terrified) dog down everywhere I went. It was exhausting living with a creature that was so constantly and overwhelming afraid. Deborah Wood was able to bring humor to a situation that didn't seem so funny at the time (lots of humor) and she also provided a light at the end of the tunnel. While the book doesn't give much in actual training exercises, it was invaluable for me to have HOPE. ...more
This is a good book if you are thinking about adopting a "shy dog"! I'm going to read another one on "Puppy Mill Dogs Speak"... I think they go hand in hand for anyone who is considering giving a shy dog (probably from a puppy mill) another chance at a happy life! Common sense goes a long way, people!!!
Sep 19, 2010 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People with scaredy dogs
Another book I had to give up on to get back to the library before moving to Canada. Hope to pick it up again, but Atticus is doing way better in our new home! We see strange dogs several times a day, and he has only gotten snippy with a couple of them. Yay Atticus!
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