Simply put, The Harmony Project is devoted to helping dogs recover from fear, and to teaching guardians and handlers how to assist dogs in that process. While there may be myriad contexts, our core principles are simple:
1. Ensure the dog is safe
2. Help the dog feel safe
3. Teach the guardian/handler to avoid aversive methods and employ R+
4. Train the dog to comfortably exist in and operate in her/his world
5. Encourage the dog to make choices as appropriate, discouraging learned helplessness
6. Support the dog’s ongoing growth in recovery, training, and any needed behavior modification, using R+
Currently The Harmony Project provides assistance with:
-Calming/stabilization of shy, skittish, fearful, traumatized, and feral dogs
-Behavioral rehabilitation & training for shy, skittish, fearful, traumatized, and feral dogs
-Stationing skills for veterinary visits, to lower the stress for dogs and humans during visits
-Key R+ skills for groomers, to lower the stress and chances of injuries for everyone
The Harmony Project seeks a benefactor. Email or call for information.
Check this page for updates to this list. View past cases and examples of our work on The Harmony Project for Fearful Dogs Facebook page.