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.
Common Anxious Dog Issues:
Anxious when alone
Fear of men
Hiding behind you
Running and hiding from you
Shying away from handling
Refusing to go outside
Confidence Building with:
Nail clipping, ear cleaning or eye drops
One on one Dog Training for the most effective change of fearful and anxious behaviors:
We schedule our sessions when it works for you!
We customize our sessions to meet your dog’s training needs and your training goals.
We train where the problems occur. When we need to practice near children or near other dogs, we meet in locations where there are children or other dogs.
Your time is valuable. In home training ensures that you get the information that you need in an efficient manner.
We work with all the members of the family.
Group dog training classes can be great, but too often the results stay behind in the classroom. Instead, let’s do the training where you need your dog to behave his best—wherever that may be.
Let's get started building your dog's confidence!
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.