My name is Debbie Jacobs and I live in southern Vermont USA with a husband, a cocker spaniel, a border collie and my scared dog border collie mix Sunny. Sunny was the inspiration and catalyst behind the creation of the FearfulDogs.com website. When he came to me he was so fearful that he could not move out of the corner of our living room for weeks. It has taken months and years of effort and training to get him to where he is today. I suspect that I will never stop playing with him to help him feel more comfortable and confident in the world.
Since I got Sunny 11 years ago, I have thought of little else besides how to help scared dogs to not be so scared. I do have another life, but it was just not as interesting to me as all this stuff about dogs, how they learn, how to change how they feel, etc. Living with a fearful dog is a big eye opener and anything I thought I knew about dog training was quickly put to the test. I’ve worked with dogs for years, fostering dogs for our local humane society, working with rescue groups in Puerto Rico to rehome stray dogs and running volunteer orientations and trainings for volunteers working with dogs. I have certifications in CPDT-KA and CAP (clicker competency assessment program) and besides using it to train my dogs, occasionally visit my neighbor’s chickens and click for them. I have studied with professional trainers Bob Bailey and Jean Donaldson.
I hope that my Fearfuldogs.com website and this blog help owners and rescuers of fearful dogs get some ideas about the best ways to work and play with their special needs dogs. Thanks for stopping by!
I have also written A Guide to Living With & Training a Fearful Dog. It’s the book I wish someone had handed me when a seriously fearful dog came into my life. I am available for seminars and training workshops. I have online webinars available to help people learn more about the most humane and effective ways to help dogs struggle with fear based behavior challenges. I also run the popular and evidence-based Fearful Dog Group on Facebook.