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Old 06-12-2010, 12:37 PM
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Default Raising the submissive dog.

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.


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Old 06-12-2010, 12:55 PM
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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.

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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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Old 06-14-2010, 05:31 AM
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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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