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Product Details

  • Series: Howell reference books
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876050364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876050361
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At last! Here is a book that gets serious about the myriad problems that come with owning a shy dog and offers sensible and knowledgeable solutions.***I can vouch for a lot of Wood's advice, some of which flies in the face of conventional wisdom. For example, I've noticed that many people respond to my dog's shyness by kneeling down. I suppose they think the timid dog will feel less threatened by a human with reduced stature. In fact, all my shy dogs have been terrified when confronted with a crouching stranger.***I've had to devote a lot of training time to this little understood fact, so I was sold on Wood's book the moment I came upon the heading, "Don't necessarily Squat."***This is a highly readable, useful, thorough and encouraging book. I'm grateful to have a book like this to recomment to every trainer and teacher, because shy dogs are everywhere. Get copies for yourself, your friends and for your students! -- Front and Finish, November 1999, book review by Sandy Mowery

I recently got a copy of [this] super new book by Deborah Wood which deserves some attention. *** This book is a breath of fresh air for anyone who has lived with a shy dog and been subjected to lots of questionable advice on how to "cure" their pet of its hangups. *** {Wood] makes some great points about handlers who are unknowingly "enablers" to their shy dogs and encourages reading canine body language, understanding pack structure and the benefits of basic training as ways to help your dog overcome its fears. ***This would be a beneficial addition to club libraries and should probably be required reading for anyone teaching classes for the public. How many of us are really comfortable dealing with the dog who spends the entire class trying to hide under a chair? -- Front and Finish, October 1999,

[This book] is a must for anyone instructing dog training classes and a valuable source of sound advice for all other trainers who may now, or some day, have a shy dog." Author Deborah Wood, with delightful illustrations by Amy Aitken, provides the experienced and inexperienced dog owner with advice on recognizing fear in a dog followed by step-by-step guide through training and socialization, which will lead to a dog an owner can enjoy. -- Front and Finish, October 1999,

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The right advice is critically important to working with "special needs" dogs, and this is just the book to use.

"Deborah Wood does a wonderful job of making real-life scenarios meaningful. I applaud the fact that there are special people in the world willing to go the distance for fearful dogs. Thanks to Deborah Wood for writing the book that will see them through." —Susan Mentley, Operations Director, Oregon Humane Society

"Deborah's book expertly blends her professional background working with emotionally damaged people with her canine experience. She has clarified many misconceptions and presented solutions in a way we all can apply successfully." —Don Arner, Publisher and Editor Off-Lead, the international dog trainer's magazine.

Meet nine dogs—Goldie, Weazie, Nellie, Challenge, Tarah, Colter, Reno, Tess and Briggs. All were once fearful and shy, and skeptical owners and shelters alike feared that these dogs would never enjoy happy, active lives. Now, these canines are great companions, therapy dogs and obedience competition winners. What has helped transform these terrified dogs into such terrific pets? Sensitive, specific and practical training methods explained by dog trainer, Deborah Wood. An owner of a former "terrified" dog, Ms. Wood shares with readers the ways in which she brought her beloved pet out of her shell and right into the hearts of all who meet her.


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A helpful and easy to read little book.
Lynn
This book helped me feel so much better, just reading that other people have gone through this same thing and come out the other side with happy healthy dogs.
Seth Grandeau
Thanks for the encouragement in helping me deal with my timid dog.
Judy Nielsen

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lori L. Wolstenholme on October 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I recently rescued a shy, abused German Shepherd dog and wanted to read all I could before he came home. This book started me on the right track to make the transition smooth to his new home. The advise in this book also matches all the advice I have gotten from my training instructor that teaches me and my new dog in our Shy Dog Class. He has come a long way using the techniques and rewards found in this book. It is definately worth every penny towards having a happier, calmer, companion.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Harrigan on November 28, 1999
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I wish that this had been available years ago when I owned a corgi with some of the problems covered in this book. Deborah Wood provides common sense solutions and practical techniques for dealing with shyness and its manifestations in dogs. I didn't pursue obedience beyond the basics, because I felt that my corgi would not enjoy it -- now I realize that continuing in a good training class would have been an excellent way to help her overcome her lack of confidence around strangers. I don't recall seeing another dog training book specifically geared toward these issues, and thought that the profiles of actual dogs and their owners who worked beyond the problems shyness can cause were especially helpful. I'd recommend this book to shelter workers, trainers, and anyone else who wants to add to their general knowledge of dogs. It will have a permanent place on my bookshelf!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Julie on March 23, 2002
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When I first got my German Shephard Pup, she was 14 weeks old. She was skinny, malnourished, very timid of people and particually other dogs. She would shake uncontrolably outside our home, and she would submisively wee for every person she met on the street. This book helped me understand what my dog was feeling, and of course most importantly it helped me deal with her behavior. Highly recommended!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By kattwmn on June 11, 2001
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I was able to read this book in one evening and handed it to my husband to read... I think it's got a lot of helpful information if you've never dealt with a shy dog. The biggest problem for us and applying these methods to our shy dog is that he's over 100 lbs and not quite the same as working with the Papillon the author has. But much of it is just "common sense" and I DO recommend reading this book if you have a shy dog -- it's worth spending an evening if you can help your dog gain any confidence.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lacey Hood on February 12, 2000
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As a member of Friends of County Animal Shelters in San Diego, I have met many dogs whose tendency to shyness has been aggravated by the loss of home that brought them to the shelter. If you choose to offer a home to a shelter or breed rescue dog, consider whether this book might not offer just the help you need!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Seth Grandeau on March 22, 2007
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We recently adopted a dog, from the south, who had been in very abusive living situations and was incrediby timid. She hid from us, in the house, she panicked at every sound or person she encountered outside. I was very worried that we may have made a mistake. This book helped me feel so much better, just reading that other people have gone through this same thing and come out the other side with happy healthy dogs. The advice in this book and the sharing of others experiences has made the process much easier for us. I particularly appreciated the stories from other dog owners that are included. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who is adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue organization!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1999
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"Help for Your Shy Dog," is a loving, kind, gentle, patient book that will make life a lot better for shy dogs everywhere.
This book covers everything: dealing with phobias, dealing with submissive urination, dealing with fear of strangers and new places. It's being used by a number of rescue groups in my area, and it's really helped a lot of dogs.
The book also tells the stories of nine shy dogs who became great pets. Wood talks about the positive methods that were used to help these shy dogs come out of their shells.
The book points out that 15 percent of all dogs are shy, and this is the ONLY book to give detailed, helpful advice to the owners of these dogs.
This is a great book. Also, check out her other books, "The Tao of Bow Wow" and "The Tao of Meow."
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Wilde on April 8, 2007
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There is a lot to like about Deborah Wood's book. She has an obvious compassion for dogs who are shy, and shares the story of her own timid dog, as well as others. Wood gives tips on how to make the shy dog's everyday life easier (for example, keeping a regular routine), and gives examples of body language that indicate fear, which is invaluable to owners. I liked the brief section on what specifically to watch for when training a shy dog, and the suggestions on games and fun activities. My only wish for this book is that it had more specific step-by-step information on what to do for shy dogs in specific situations, for example, when visitors come over, or when the dog has to visit the vet. But all in all, the book should be very helpful and encouraging to owners of shy dogs as well as those who rescue and foster dogs.
- Nicole Wilde, author Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears, So You Want to be a Dog Trainer (2nd edition) and Energy Healing for Dogs: Using Hands-On Healing to Improve Canine Health and Behavior
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