Hank had a breakthrough Hank is a shy fearful dog that needs to be treated and taught things differently than the typical dog. For example, when teaching a dog to lie down, normally you can get away with grabbing hold of their two front legs and gently bring them into a down position. With Hank, there's no way you can do that and not affect his confidence level. If he feels scared or uncomfortable in a new situation he gets real scared, real fast. So i'm trying to teach him to lie down and he actually let me manipulate him into lying down!!! It may sound trivial, but that is a huge step for him!! I feel confident that he will do it on his own pretty soon too.