Classes or a trainer to help a dog with a fear of kids and strangers?

otto capital hills 2015-11-20Jeff asks via Twitter:

Seeking recs on dog behavior training; mainly to correct fear of children. Jody crushed the 2012 topic but retired & moved.
I'm open to individual training/classes, but most offerings seem to be general training & behavior. Specifically need work w/ kids/strangers

Jeff's reference to "the 2012 topic" was a question back then about puppy classes. (Props to Jeff to searching first before asking.)

Training can make a huge difference for a dog -- and the dog's people. It can help everyone be happier and calmer. It really is worth the effort.

So, got a suggestion for Jeff and his dog? Please share! And a sentence or two about why you're recommending a trainer or class can be a big help.

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Thanks for posting my question! I should have written an email to give a more detailed version.

I took a class with Jody Diehl 2 years ago and it was great to learn some basic skills & techniques. My dog is very food-motivated so those are easy enough to practice.

I'm now looking for help correcting insecurities, especially with children & strangers. He's tried to nip a few times without provocation, just being unfamiliar and too close for his comfort. It's not like how sometimes kids don't know better and are a bit rough or too handsy. I've tried to work on this myself, carrying treats on walks and having strangers treat him, and the same thing with my neighbors' kids. But without having different kids or people to constantly meet, he just learns who they are.

I joined another class on a second-hand referral that was a bit of a letdown, mainly rehashing the usual tricks. When I went to see if Jody could help, I learned that she retired & moved away, so I am looking for suggestions. I'm good with a group or individual training, just something worth my time & money. Any training is obviously good, but I very specifically need to work on these issues before it becomes a real problem!

We used Shawna's Dogs with great success when training our three dogs. http://shawnasdogs.com/

Rachel Baum is great! Very patient with the humans and gentle methods for training. She writes the TU Dog Training blog as well.

Dylan Boyce! www.dylanboycedogtraining.com/
Gentle training and he will become your dog's best friend. We also went to Jodie Diehl for puppy and intermediate classes. After this, Dylan helped us with some "resource guarding" issues. Great training suggestions that have helped the problem.

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