I started this site because of Sunny, the handsome border collie on this page. Sunny survived a hoarding situation and was brought to one of the hurricane rescue camps in 2005, where I met him. Over the years I have learned about rehabbing a ‘damaged’ dog and wanted to share that information with other scared/fearful/shy dog owners. Working with a scared dog will be one of the most challenging, frustrating and rewarding experiences a dog owner will ever have. If you’ve decided that you want to not only keep your dog, but help it learn to be less fearful, you’ll find support and information here.
For easier reading and more information about living and working with a fearful dog you can purchase a copy of ‘A Guide to Living With & Training a Fearful Dog‘, a resource for owners and rescuers.
Konrad Lorenz had this to say about training animals- “Art and science aren’t enough, patience is the basic stuff.”
Fearful Dog Blog by: Debbie Jacobs, CPDT-KA, CAP2
Animal Hoarding interview via podcast: here
Video from EDNA (hoarding situation after Katrina): here
Order Debbie's book: Guide To Living With & Training A Fearful Dog: here