Anxious Dog Training

The first thing that I hear when people speak about fearful and anxious dog behavior is that it is “She must have been abused.” When a dog cowers and shakes or barks and growls at a person wearing a hat, it’s natural to think that the strong reaction is proof of previous harsh treatment by someone wearing a hat. It’s easy to conclude that a dog who’s scared of children was teased by the neighborhood Dennis the Menace. Similarly, it’s logical to assume that a dog would only react aversely to a broom after having had terrifying experiences with one. Without a doubt, far too many dogs suffer abuse, but not all dogs who seem to have been abused have been treated badly. Some are fearful because they were inadequately socialized, or have a genetic tendency to be fearful, or both. As often as not, a history of abuse is not a factor for anxious dogs.  

Regardless of the cause of the anxious dog behavior, we need to help the dog's confidence grow.

Left untreated, both the frequency and the intensity of fear and anxiety can increase. Fear and aggression cannot be “punished” out of the dog. In fact, punishment can make things much worse. Mariah Hinds Dog Training has excellent training and counter-conditioning protocols that can help rehabilitate anxious dogs with fear, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, separation anxiety and shyness. We use modern training, management, desensitization and classical counter-conditioning techniques that are highly effective and give lasting results.
Mariah is a great balance of encouraging and humorous which works well when you have THREE dachshunds that all have different needs. She works well with my teenager with reactivity issues, my old-souled fearful girl that is scared of her own shadow and my new puppy teaching her general manners and obedience. I have tried other trainers. Mariah definitely hits the mark with her positive reinforcement and patience while training the humans and the dogs in the house. -Michelle G.
Mariah is as much people trainer as she is a dog trainer. We have used her in-home training services for the foundation skills and commands as well as her group classes for both of rescue dogs. One of the benefits of the latter for us is the ability for one of our dogs – who has a hard time meeting new dogs on the leash – to socialize with other dogs in a structured environment. On top of all the training, she always does a great job with follow-up and additional educational material. I wish training with Mariah was mandatory for all new dog owners. -Jack T.
Fantastic positive reinforcement techniques proved to be incredibly effective for my high-energy yet shy chihuahua-mix who had a fear of others’ hands (a problem that sometimes led her to snap at other people!). I highly recommend the Mariah Hinds to anyone who is seeking behavioral modification for their pup(s). Thank you, Mariah! – Crystal P.
Teddy, a rescued Australian Shepherd mix, has several fear issues and would respond aggressively, but Mariah was terrific at introducing him to new situations slowly and teaching me how to look for his cues and ease his anxieties. We’re now enjoying walks together – even in crowded areas with numerous triggers. -Melanie M.
After becoming aggressive towards several of my friends, I was desperate to find someone to help Barney and I. Since Barney’s very first training session with Mariah, I have seen great changes in him. His confidence has increased, he is able to calm down easier, he is less anxious, and he is overall a happier and friendlier dog. -Marissa Z.
His over all anxiety is down! Thank you so much for taking the time to train with me and mister Harvey! We appreciate you and will recommend you to anyone who is having behavior problems! -Mary H.

Let's get started building your dog's confidence!

Free Phone Consultation

We will get started with the free phone consultation. During our call, we will discuss your training programs and goals and see if your dog is a good fit for one of our training programs.

We offer group dog training classes near Gastonia, NC.

We offer in home dog training in South Charlotte, Steele Creek, Lake Wylie, Ballantyne and surrounding areas. For in home dog training outside of our training area, find a great Charlotte nc dog trainers near you.

In Home Dog Training Session

To proceed with in home training, we will start training with a $97 one hour in home confidence building dog training session. During that session, we jump right into what you want to work on with your dog. We typically go over 2-3 behaviors during that session.


Dog Training Programs

At the end of the in home training session, once I understand what your goals and dreams are with your dog, then we go over programs that will achieve those goals for you.

The programs range from

Me guiding you through the training process


All the way up to me doing the training for you there at your house and showing you how to maintain the behaviors from there.

Whichever option you choose, in home dog training will get the well-behaved, relaxed dog you’ve been dreaming about.

Common Anxious Dog Issues:


Hiding behind you


Fear of men


Running and hiding from you


Shying away from handling


Refusing to go outside

Confidence Building with:


New people


New places


New dogs


Nail clipping, ear cleaning or eye drops


Being alone