"As for resources for someone with a fearful dog... I would say that depends on 1) what trigger the fear is attached to and how it is expressed (ie, is the dog fear aggressive, or just fearful, and is that directed towards other dogs, strangers, all people, just men, bikes and skateboards, etc), 2) what you're looking for in the resource (ie, are you looking to just find out more about what goes on in a fearful dog's mind, if you're trying to learn about behavioral modification, or maybe you just want to know more about dog behavior), and 3) your current knowledge level.
Just to throw some stuff out, while I wait for more information about what you're looking for, though...
I haven't looked at it in depth, but from the times I've browsed I do like the website fearfuldogs.com.
Patricia McConnel has a lot of great stuff, including the book "The Cautious Canine", which is specifically about fearful dogs.
Jean Donaldson, Ian Dunbar, and Sophia Yin are all/have been fairly prolific writers on dog behavior and behavioral modification. Grisha Stewart has some cool behavioral modification procedures as well, namely BAT 2.0.
Kikopup and Zack George both have stuff on youtube that has good information bout general training and behavior, which are important to know about with a fearful dog.
The book "When Pigs Fly" by Jane Killion is a great lesson in managing reward in a training environment, which goes a long way towards making you a better trainer. Not related to fear, but important in general training.
If you don't know a lot about dog body language- or even if you do- I cannot recommend the book "Canine Behavior: a photoillustrated handbook" enough. Lots of information about how dogs express themselves through body language with pictures of different breeds and types showing the behaviors it talks about.[/QUOTE]
1)my dog is fearful of people and especially men. We are working right now to get him past the fear of my husband. Levi, the dog, is not at all
motivated by food, so the whole have husband toss him treats when he comes near is not working. Levi is mainly just fearful, he either freezes or runs and hides. He's growled at my husband a couple of times, but has never attempted to bite even when Mark has had to pick him up (you can look at some of my other posts if you want more details) 2) I want all three--- how Levi thinks, how to help him get over his fears and behavior modifications. 3) Current knowledge is one obedience training class years ago with a lab/cattle dog who was not fearful of anything. My biggest problem with her was stubbornness
. Have read Sarah Hudson's book Dog Perfect and have used her techniques successfully on another timid dog (but not as timid as Levi). I just finished How to be your dogs best friend
by the Monks of New Skete, which I'm just afraid is a little too dominance based for this particular dog. Also, I've done some extensive reading on-line about timid and hoarded dogs. Levi was hoarded, but not the awful situations like you see on TV. The hoarder kept them fed and somewhat clean. Just no vet care and about 25 dogs in a house.
So I hope that helps you. Biggest issue right now is the fact that Levi is not motivated by food. The only thing that motivates him is affection and he obviously doesn't want that from someone he's scared of. So thinking I need a treat free training approach and I've been doing some reading on that too.