Maybe Your Dog Doesn’t Have To Be Fearless

There’s always someone willing to make you feel bad if your dog is afraid to do something. But are they right? Maybe your dog doesn’t have to be fearless.

Be Scared; Do It Anyway

Honey took one look at the ramp I had placed on the floor and walked around it. When I put yummy liver treats on the end, she decided she wasn’t that hungry after all. Honey felt scared of the ramp. But she learned to use it anyway.

Be Calm To Keep Your Dog Calm

Hang out at a playground long enough and you’ll eventually see this: a running toddler falls. At first he’s surprised. Then he looks up to his parent. If the parent stays calm, the kid goes to play. But if mom looks upset, the kid starts bawling. Your dog is like that toddler. And if you want your dog to […]

The ONLY Way To Break Through Fear Is…

I’m getting a Master’s Degree in fear. First, we worked with a trainer to decrease Honey’s fear of the bike cart. Then we fostered the extremely fearful Cherie. And now, I’m months away from terrifyingly transforming my life by setting out for a life at sea. I haven’t written my thesis yet. But I’ve learned a lot. […]

Work Through The Fear To Get To The Fun

As Honey and I sat on the floating dock watching the ducks, I couldn’t help overhearing the woman talking to her friend behind us. “I could never swim in the lake. Who knows what’s in that water that might touch me? Nope, it’s chlorinated pools for me.” I grew up having a pool. So I understand […]

3 Reasons a Dog Will Flinch Without Being Abused

Human beings have survived for thousands of years by assuming the worst. Not every sound in the forest is a saber toothed tiger, though. And not every dog that flinches has been abused.     3 Things That Make A Dog Flinch (Besides Abuse) 1. Clumsy Owners When I walk into a room carrying an […]

Take Control to Feel Less Scared – Good for the Dog; Good for You

Does taking control of a situation make you feel less scared? I don’t know about scientists. But sailors know it’s true. And so do dog trainers. How Does a Dog Control a Kayak Honey enjoys kayaking. But when the motion of the boat startles Honey, she responds. She stands up.     It happens when […]

Good for the Dog; Good for You – Look for Help When Scared

Should I Be Scared? You’ve probably seen this: A toddler, running through a playground, trips and falls. He looks up at his mom or dad. If they look concerned, he starts bawling. If they react mildly, he gets up and goes back to playing. Your dog looks to you the same way. If you’re nervous […]

The Puppiness Project – Everyone Gets Scared

Gretchen Rubin wrote in The Happiness Project about the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy.” The Puppiness Project is my attempt to learn the same from Honey, my Golden Retriever, and Chérie, our visiting Foster Pup. What Scares a Dog When […]

The Puppiness Project – The Blessing Accompanies the Curse

Gretchen Rubin wrote in The Happiness Project about the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy.” The Puppiness Project is my attempt to learn the same from Honey, my Golden Retriever. Working with a ‘fraidy dog With the help of […]

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