How to Help a Shut-down Dog: Growing Trust and Confidence
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How to Help a Shut-down Dog: Growing Trust and Confidence

Welcome to this episode of the Sexier than a Squirrel podcast, the podcast that brings you real-life dog training results, and sometimes human training ones too!

In this enlightening episode, come along with us as we join Lauren and wonderful Pro Dog Trainer and expert in canine behaviour, Jen, as they tackle the often troubling topic of working with worried, anxious, submissive and shut-down dogs.

First up, you might wonder what a shut-down dog looks like? Let's look at some of the most common signs you might see:
🐾 A healthy dog that is unwilling to move, eat or drink
 🐾 A dog that appears overly anxious, fearful or submissive
 🐾 Dogs in rescues and kennels that hide in corners or sit staring at the walls
 🐾 A dog that spends a lot of their time hiding, turns away when people approach or won't come out of their preferred safe spaces
  🐾 A dog that will only eat, drink or engage in spaces or around people and objects where they feel safe
 🐾 Rescues dogs that appear well-behaved until they arrived home and can let their guard down and show their true personality

Drawing from their wealth of experience and compassionate approach, Lauren and Jen delve into the nuanced world of understanding and supporting dogs who have come from rescue background, who have faced trauma or who struggle with anxiety, and They'll offer invaluable insights into helping these dogs navigate their journey towards confidence and comfort in the world around them.

Dive in with us to discover an inspiring conversation as Lauren and Jen share their experiences and strategies for helping dogs overcome past traumas and build confidence. From creating safe spaces to understanding subtle body language and behaviour cues, they reveal the importance of patience, compassion, and mindful observation in the journey to rehabilitation.

We’ll also explore how to navigate the delicate process of supporting shut-down dogs and offer practical tips for growing trust, encouraging movement, and promoting mental well-being.

Tune in now for an eye-opening discussion that will empower you to make a positive difference in the lives of anxious, worried and shut-down dogs — and their devoted guardians, carers and owners.

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