Living and working with an extremely shy or fearful dog is a challenge. Many dogs develop these kinds of behaviors as a result of past scary experiences, stress in a recent shelter environment, or their natural inherited or breed specific traits; not always stemming from past abuse. Since they can't tell us how they feel, or why they react this way, changing that dogs' behavior takes time and patience.
More often, shy and fearful dogs suffer from the lack of early socialization, and owners have a hard time changing these behaviors without professional help. Shy and fearful dogs have become a specialty of Capitol Area Dog Training and Behavior Consulting. These dogs need very specific handling and gentle behavior changes.
Let me help you help your dog. Call for a consultation today at (240)780-8408
Visit the websites of The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and the Pet Professionals Guild for more resources.