What Color is Your Dog?®

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Shy Dogs

These are the dogs that are shy or might even have some type of fear, and these are going to be the green or blue dogs. These "cooler colored" dogs like this can vary a lot in personality too. You may find one dog that is a little shy, and these are going to be the green dogs. You might find another dog that is extremely afraid of many things, and those types of dogs are going to be the blue dogs. As you look at our color spectrum, you'll see that the green dogs are going to be a little more challenging. As you can see, the blue dog will be even more challenging than the green dog.

Most of the time when we see an animal with fear, it often comes from something that might have been brought on by the dog’s past. This could have been caused by a variety of things but the most common causes are either being not properly cared for, abused, improper training, or exposure to things that may have scared him or her.

With these "cooler colored" dogs, remember that dogs have a very good memory. They especially have a very good memory about things that might have scared them at one time or another. Remember that "cooler colored" dogs are going to need some time and patience from the owner, especially in the beginning of training. Even when you first adopt a dog like this, one of the first things you want to do is identify the fears, and try to eliminate those fears from the very beginning.

Unlike high strung dogs or "warmer colored dogs", you are going to want to incorporate anything in the training session that will motivate the dog. When it comes to treats, try finding something the dog really likes, and try to limit the time the dog gets the treat only to training sessions.

Your voice is also an important factor. By having a more upbeat tone to your voice, you'll be amazed how much you can really bring out the personality of your dog. On the other hand, quite often, just the tone of a firm voice will make the shy dog more shy. You want to really avoid going that direction. Try keeping a friendly and happy voice.

Although I do not use this type of training much with dogs, clicker training is a great motivational tool in training soft and shy dogs too.

All dogs look to us for guidance and reassurance, but in the beginning of training, green and blue dogs needs it most.

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