The shy-k9s mailing list is for the discussion of shy, fearful and/or fear-aggressive dogs and positive solutions to their problems. We do not discuss traditional training, nor do we support the "dominance" approach to training. Topics that come up frequently are genetic factors, fear periods, the pros and cons of various training and management methods (in general as well as in the context of specific cases), identifying and interpreting behaviors, understanding thresholds and their significance to rehabilitation, building confidence and resilience, the fallacy that "comforting" shy dogs reinforces fear and the fallout of punishment as a teaching tool. We also discuss books, videos, seminars, food plans, and herbal and pharmacological treatments that may be helpful in modifying behavior.
You are welcome to join this list if you are an owner, trainer, behaviorist, or rescue or shelter worker dealing with these traits in dogs, and are strongly encouraged to contribute your experiences, whether with your own dog or in a professional capacity.
While your membership is pending, you will be sent a request for a short bio to the email address you subscribed with. Responding to this is mandatory and no one will be approved without completing this process. If we don't hear from you, Yahoo will automatically remove you from the pending list and deny you membership. Please watch for this email.
***Please watch for the bio email and respond to it. No one will be approved without this step. If you do not receive the email within 2 days, contact the list owner. Failing to respond will result in yahoo denying your pending membership. Please watch for this email.***