Sunday, February 28, 2010
Sky's Training (Dealing With Fearful Dogs)
Well Sky baby has come six ways from Sunday! She will still bark at intrusions but she has become a new dog! She wags her tail when I enter her kennel, no more ferocious growling and hackles raise, she goes out into the play yard more than willingly and loves to be around the people she knows and trusts!
It isn’t it to say that Sky is completely cured of her lack of confidence, no she will still need an owner willing to work with her on her doggie etiquette. Someone who knows how to be gentle but firm. Most people want to coddle a dog like Sky, try to make it better like you would a child. But dogs are not children, when a dog is scared, coddling it will only reenforce the behavior, making it an annoying if not dangerous trait. Ignoring scared behavior is the best, correcting aggressiveness caused by fright is more prudent that talking to the dog like a baby.
If you have the time and room in your home and heart to give Sky a chance please come on down to the Huron Humane Society, have a volunteer put Sky out in the yard and see what she’s all about!