Raising the submissive dog.

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  1. rubysoho

    rubysoho New Member

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    I'd like to work toward having Zoe as a therapy dog. Visiting children and the elderly. She is slightly submissive so I want to take her personality in to consideration as she is shaped in to an adult dog. And of course I don't want to push her to do something that she is not suited for. But, I was still wondering if anyone has good reading material (book or website) about raising submissive dogs to be confident adults.


    Thank you!
     
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    "Click to Calm" and/or "Control Unleashed" I think would both be good. They're more about reactive dogs, which basically is an underconfident dog that's pushed too far, so I think you will find useful tips in the books.

    I also like "When Pigs Fly," it's about how to train "difficult" dogs, but if I remember correctly it does have some useful info about underconfident dogs.

    Pure clicker training - using shaping and capturing to teach behaviors, rather than luring/prompting/corrections/etc. - is a great way to build confidence. Karen Pryor's website would be a great place to learn more about those methods, and there are probably some articles about underconfident dogs as well.

    Good luck!
     
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    Thank you.... I've been trying all day to figure out what book I was thinking of that would be perfect in this situation, and that's it! I haven't read it but I've heard a lot of good things about it.
     
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    Thanks! I went to Borders and didn't find any of the in stock. So I am going to order one or two online.
     
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    Help for Your Shy Dog by Deborah Woods might be useful to you. It's been several years since I've read it and honestly I don't remember what's in it.
     

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