Our Fearful Fido Level Two Class is a 6 week class for dogs that are fearful, shy dogs that just lack confidence. This class is for dogs who have completed our Fearful Fido Level One Class . Our Level Two Fearful Fido steps it up a notch or and gives your pooches extra boost of hands on training at various locations for real life effect. It’s is all about fun and continued building confidence exercises with our dogs.
If your dog is still a little fearful or nervous with noises, new objects, movements or is just a bit uneasy in new environments, this class is for you! If you have completed Frightened Fido level 1, taking this level is a must! We will help your fearful pup become more comfortable in their world! This class will teach dogs how to build confidence thru agility, games, balance work, scent work and more! Dogs come all six weeks. Class is limited to just 8 students.
In Fearful Fido Class Level Two Class, we will introduce your careful canine to fun positive experiences through mental stimulating activities such as: nose work. agility, brain games and a few tricks. Each week we give our fearful canine a opportunity to participate in anew experience to excelerate the training experience
Every shy dogs who could use a boost in confidence? When approached the right way, Agility is a great activity to bring out that inner rock star in your partner!
We will also teach you and your Fido“nose touch” / “hand targeting” behavior. This simple behavior will be a big help in getting your dog’s confidence up a purposely simple game that is easy to learn (your dog will love it because they will easily!) – it’s easy to throw in a very short practice session any time you think of it. Also, playing games and doing tricks that a dog is familiar with and have gotten a ton of reinforcement for is a favorite strategy for many trainers. The Spin and Weave through my legs behaviors are easily taught using a lure – so your dog will catch on quickly! – and the end product involves motion and dynamic movement with you.
Tricks and simple behaviors such as the hand target are often referred to as relationship building games. Training Your Best Friend LLC is known for our for skills in motivating dogs and their humans and teaches handlers to build their relationship with their dogs in fun and creative ways. “Simple, fun behaviors that get the dog moving are key – especially if you are using food as a reward. This is a “must” whenever you train.
One of our goals in this class is to change the dogs negative association toward strange and scary things to a positive. By engaging the dogs natural ability to use their nose we can activate a positive investigation process using Nose Work. We will start by pairing food to a box. The box will become a positive object to the dog. We can then pair the box to different objects, people and places. This can build confidence, reduce environmental sensitivity and provide mental and physical exercise through teamwork with their handler. Nose work, scenting and tracking games are fun for most dogs. They are low pressure games that allow dogs to do what they do best, follow their nose.
When facing a behavior challenge with a dog, whether it’s fear, anxiety, aggression, or a physiological issue, a common response is, “How can I fix this?” My goal when I meet with clients is to help them reframe that question so that instead of asking how soon and how quickly they can fix their dogs, they ask what can they do on a daily basis to help their dogs find it a little easier to just be.
Fearful dogs gain confidence and feelings of safety on their own timelines. Their internal states ebb and flow depending on body chemistry and the environment.
Viewing training for fearful dogs through the lens of “fixing” is unhelpful; fearful dogs are not “broken.” Just like all dogs, they have temperaments influenced by nature and nurture. They have the capacity to learn, to form new neural connections, to develop new associations with the environment, and to communicate via body language. What separates fearful from non-fearful dogs is not the fact they are broken, but the fact they need specific tools and management to exist with a little more ease and a little less fear.
They need extra help from their humans to find it a little easier to just be.
When I meet with clients, we discuss how small daily adjustments help dial down the stress:
- Giving the dog a safe space in the home away from noise and triggers.
- Providing puzzle toys and games to give the dog moments of joy during the day.
- Moving walking routes to a less stressful location.
- Teaching coping skills to help the dog stay calm in stressful situations.
None of these adjustments “fixes fear” . Thee are no quick fixes. What our class definitely takes them on a much happier path where thy an enjoy life and begin fear less and enjoy more. Fear is easy to install and difficult, perhaps impossible, to fully extinguish. But when combined into a comprehensive management and training plan, these adjustments provide a way forward for dogs and their humans. Dogs experience a few more moments of joy during the day. Startle responses decrease and recovery times improve. Dogs experience relief from environmental stress. They start existing in a world with more positive associations.
They find it a little easier to just be.
Class schedule: To be Announced