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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Corner Dog Press; 1ST edition (2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0615387519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615387512
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Debbie Jacobs CPDT-KA, CAP2, is the author of "A Guide To Living With & Training A Fearful Dog, which was a finalist in the 2008 Dog Writers Association of America's annual writing competition.

She lives in Vermont with her husband and 3 dogs and created the http://fearfuldogs.com website to help owners and trainers learn about the most effective and humane ways to work with fearful dogs. She met her fearful dog Sunny, the inspiration for the fearfuldogs website at the Humane Society of Louisiana's Camp Katrina after the hurricanes of 2005.

She is also the founder of Explorations in Travel which organizes outdoor and cultural adventures for women over 40 and educational travel programs for students. She is a regular visitor to Puerto Rico.

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This book is very helpful and easy to read.
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A Guide to Living With & Training a Fearful Dog should be mandatory reading for any owner or rescuer that finds it necessary to deal with a fearful dog.
LorieAHuston, DVM
This book is a great resource for dog owners, especially anyone who owns or is working with fearful dogs.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anne Moleski on April 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a terrific book. Jacobs offers numerous common sense and creative suggestions for working not only with a dog whose fear is extreme and detrimental, but also with a fairly well adjusted dog who has perhaps inexplicably developed a fear of children, or a dog who suddenly doesn't want to get in the family car. Many of the exercises she recommends are so clearly sound that you think to yourself, "That's such a good idea, why didn't I think of it?" And that's a tribute not only to her knowledge, but also to her writing which is both seamless and often humorous.

Above all, I appreciate this book because it helped me work in an upbeat and positive manner with my own dogs in managing their sometime fear related idiosyncratic behavior.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deborah L. Flick on March 23, 2011
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Debbie wrote the book she wished she could have read when she adopted her fearful Katrina refugee, Sunny. I have a fearful dog and Debbie's book is an invaluable resource. She packs a lot of sound advice into this thin volume as well as some much needed hand-holding, something fearful dog owners need on occasion given the frustration and challenges, and, yes, rewards of helping a fearful dog. One of the most important contribution this book makes to working with fearful dogs is to dispel the massive amount of misguided information that passes for gospel. For example, if a fearful dog barks and lunges at a stranger who suddenly reaches out to pet her on the head she's not trying to "dominate" them. She's screaming "Go away!" and her behavior is beyond her control. Debbie offers many suggestions for changing our fearful dog's brains, literally, and for teaching them the skills they need to navigate the world more comfortably. She also provides a dose of reality: adjust your expectations. You're fearful dog isn't likely to "just get over it." But, with Debbie helping you help your dog, your pup is likely to build confidence and enjoy life as much as she can.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By epscad on June 7, 2011
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I found this book to be an excellent resource for training my fearful dog. There are many trainers who do not truly understand how to work with these dogs, and I found their techniques made my dog more fearful.
I highly recommend this easy, quick read. Debbie's techniques make so much sense. I was so impressed with this book, I donated several to the rescue organization where I adopted my dog.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hilary Lane on February 20, 2011
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As a dog trainer and an owner of a fearful dog, I find this book to be invaluable! Not only does Debbie Jacobs recount her journey and experiences with Sunny, her fearful Katrina dog, she provides useful, creative, and easily understandable techniques to help you, as a fearful dog owner, see progress in ways you never thought could happen! I love her examples, explanations, reality based suggestions, resources, and analogies. She defines terms and discusses what scenarios fearful dogs experience. I've read many books about this topic, but I think Jacobs' way of presenting the material and easy-to-read style makes her book the most useful of all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bret on April 30, 2011
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If you have a shy dog, this is a great book. If your dog is afraid of YOU, it's one of the few resources out there. Positive training techniques and very helpful advice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Hanlin on September 11, 2013
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While I applaud the author for putting this book together, I was disappointed that it contained little in the way of practical exercises, tips, or methods. I was expecting an actionable guide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Raven on October 12, 2012
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Like "Control Unleashed" (McDevitt), the author focuses on positive techniques to get training behavior out of dogs. While the philosophy is very similar between the two, they cover somewhat different ground, and offer slightly different insights into dog pscychology, going well beyond the now popular "dominance" theory of dog behavior.

I found this volume to be very understandable. She offers clear insight into psychological concepts in training, which affect the way we train. And, she clearly describes training methods so that I understood why they might work, and how to apply them. You know, real life is almost NEVER like the examples in a book, right? Well, from this volume, I could figure out how to change what I was doing to help train my dog better.

Not just for fearful dogs, the guidance in this book can be applied in other difficult behavior and difficult training situations. For instance, my dog is not so much a problem because he is fearful, but because he is submissive and sensitive. He is not timid, but if he were a person, he would be "thin-skinned". I have a neighbor with a dog who has aggression problems with other dogs. The concepts here can be applied to either situation.

I got two other books at the same time as this one ("Control Unleashed", and "On Talking Terms with Dogs"), and I am glad I did. I learned something from each one that I now apply when training my dogs. And, I am getter better results than I used to!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kim on February 4, 2011
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If your dog is a big chicken then this is the book for you. Even if your dog isn't, Debbie Jacobs book has valuable information for you. An easy read for the laymen, she gives lots of practical simple advice for helping your fearful dog. Having a fearful dog herself she's very sympathetic & understanding. I've applied some of her suggestions on how to manage a fearful dog with my fearful dog in a kind, positive manner & I've seen improvement already. She talks of her experiences with her dog Sunny. This book has inspired me to be a better person & dog owner. A advocate for all fearful dogs, this is something to add to your library of dog books.
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