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Subject:         Re: Advice for Training frightened (abused?) dog
Date: May 8, 2009 at 9:22 am PST

In Reply to: Advice for Training frightened (abused?) dog posted by Georgi on May 3, 2009 at 9:06 am:

Definately cancel your appointment with that guy.

It might help to change her name to something totally different. (same reasons for saying "awesome kid" instead of "good dog").

I'm in the last weeks of school, so I don't have time to look them up myself, but look for books on communicating with dogs as in reading their body language and what they read in our body language. Even things as subtle as what angle your shoulders compared to the line can send signals. Eye contact and/or how you don't make eye contact (looking under her nose vs looking over head vor example). Don't stess about it, but the more you understand the easier it will be to build the relationship with her. And the easier it will be to avoid doing things that "people" find comforting in an attempt to comfort her her but that do comfort her.

And the more you understand about her body language the easier it will be to find triggers that relax her or that stress her.

A mind set that you will be looking for how to tell her what TO do works better than thinking about what she should not do. Instead of thinking: I don't want her so shakey/quivery whenever she comes out of her spot under the desk - think: I want her coming out relaxed. I didn't reread you post to see if you said anything about that, so don't think I'm jumping on you, it is just something I've noticed in a lot of people/situations.

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