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Postby Malli » February 2nd, 2013, 12:34 am

So, who thinks a fearful dog can show meaningful all-around improvement post-fear stages?

I have some, I think more basic, understanding of fears and their movtivations or triggers.

Uzi is a long story, but suffice to say I did not get my "hands" on him and have him living with me until he was 7 months old.

Overall, I think I have his improvement his fears. We have done some environmental socialization, and he was developing a forward fear response to rolling loud skateboards, which I have improved with LAT and clicker at the skate park.

However, he is still a fearful dog.

I have to think, if I can focus on some of his predictable fears, and work on those, and improving basic obedience, that his confidence will improve? I think that would be logical?

We could go on as we are now, but I see potential for improvement as well, and I think he could be that much more secure.

I guess I'm not necessarily looking for specific advice, more a discussion on confirmation on my thinking? If that makes sense.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 2nd, 2013, 2:27 pm

Fear is definitely very workable. If you haven't yet, check out Grisha Stewart's Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT). There's a book and a couple videos. It is proving to be immensely successful with fear issues (as well as aggression issues) because it teaches the dog that there are options and that it has control. The book is very well-written, and then there is also a Yahoo group and a Facebook page (that I'm a moderator of!). Highly recommend it!
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Postby Malli » February 2nd, 2013, 3:09 pm

ok cool.

thanks very much

Do my thoughts make sense?
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 2nd, 2013, 10:14 pm

Very much so.
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