In episode 236 I detailed 10 reasons why dogs might show fear. In today’s part two, I’m giving you a strategic plan to help fearful, anxious dogs grow into calm, confident family pets. My uncommon approach is a game changer for dogs that are constantly afraid, anxious, over-reactive, or extremely excitable. Be sure you’ve listened to Part 1 first so you can identify the triggers that might be contributing to your dog’s fear. Leave me any questions below and here’s to helping you and your dog create a joyful life together!

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Susan Garrett’s strategy for overcoming fear in dogs.
  • When to seek help from an applied veterinary behaviorist.
  • The science behind Susan Garrett’s dog training methodologies.
  • Myths about reinforcement-based dog training.
  • How to observe your dog’s body language.
  • The steps to identifying triggers and good environments to train.
  • About Classical Conditioning aka Pavlovian Conditioning for fearful dogs.
  • Why I use both Classical and Operant Conditioning for helping fearful dogs.
  • Published research on Classical plus Operant Conditioning for overcoming fear in rats.
  • How dogs habituate and generalize fear triggers into white noise.
  • The Triangle of Growing Confidence for dogs.
  • The transfer of value into games your dog loves to play.
  • Two categories of valuable games.
  • The Yerkes-Dodson Curve of Arousal in animals.
  • Examples of compound games for dogs.
  • Valuable calm games for dogs.
  • How to play the games at the place and time your dog is most comfortable.
  • How to create a distraction-free training den.
  • How to use the hierarchy of reinforcement for rewards.
  • My Success Story: Triangle of Confidence for my scared dog, This!
  • That counter-conditioning fear takes more than treats.
  • How to get all the dog training games with coaching support.

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  1. Podcast Episode 236: Understanding Dog Fear (Part 1): Genetics, Trauma, And Your Dog’s Well-being
  2. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dog Help with Susan Garrett
  3. YouTube Playlist: Reactive or Aggressive Dogs: Key Insights with Susan Garrett
  4. Podcast Episode 114: Dog Agility Training: 3 Big Mistakes All Dog Owners Should Avoid
  5. Podcast Episode 168: Creating Confidence For Anxious, Stressed Or Reactive Dogs Part 1
  6. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture)
  7. Podcast Episode 227: My Foolproof Strategy To Overcoming Dog Training Challenges
  8. YouTube Playlist: Emotional Regulation in Dogs: Dysregulation, Coping Strategies, Co-Regulation, Self-Regulation, and Habituation with Susan Garrett
  9. Podcast Episode 112: Stressed Dog? How Trigger Stacking Might Be Putting Your Dog Over Threshold
  10. Podcast Episode 156: Dog Fireworks Anxiety Prevention: How To Keep Your Dog Safe And Calm
  11. Podcast Episode 171: Dog Training With Layered Shaping: Why Classical Conditioning Must Come First
  12. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist?
  13. Article: Learning and Motivation: A modified counterconditioning procedure prevents the renewal of conditioned fear in rats
  14. Podcast Episode 184: Proofing Vs Generalizing In Dog Training To Grow Skills And Confidence
  15. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know
  16. Susan Garrett’s Dog Training Blog: What’s a Reward for Your Dog? List of Reinforcers
  17. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett
  18. Podcast Episode 90: Premack, Dog Training and Transfer of Value
  19. Podcast Episode 86: How to Train Unmotivated or Overexcited Dogs
  20. YouTube Playlist: Cooperative Care and Consent in Dog Training with Susan Garrett
  21. Podcast Episode 106: Consent In Dog Training: The Misuse, Misunderstanding And Misapplication
  22. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1
  23. Book: Shaping Success By Susan Garrett
  24. Podcast Episode 161: Conditioning In Dog Training: Why A Recall And Positive Interrupter Are Different
  25. DogsThat YouTube Channel
  26. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube