A friend/coworker of mine recently asked me for some help with her dogs. Their main issue is she and her boyfriend are not entirely consistent and on two completely different pages as to how they want the dogs to behave. Bf has a "favorite," and is very blind to that particular dog's misbehaviors. Anyway....that's another thread. One of the four is Dexter, an Italian Greyhound/Daschund mix. Dex has the most training of all the dogs, but still not much. Dex is a rescue, and in his former home he was abused. His "mom" has done a good job getting him to trust people thusfar, but he can still improve. The first thing I learned about Dexie is that he is terrified of the clicker. His first session I had to give him a break after only a few clicks attempting to load the clicker because he was too nervous to continue any training. So we've gone with a verbal marker instead. Also, "Sara" as we'll call her has been successful in teaching him to approach people. But, in watching him I've found that he seems to think he has to approach people and is not comfortable with it at all. He is fairly comfortable with me, but the first time he approached me he sat at my feet, and when I bent down to pet him to be less scary he turned his head away from me, lifted one front leg and winced. Rather than petting him, I stood up and walked away to talk to Sara, leaving Dex alone. He seemed puzzled at my reaction, and after watching me a while he walked up to me again, sat at my feet, but this time I got a big tail wag and he actually relaxed when I petted him. Yay! He is very in tune to human body language, despite the fact that the owners don't really know a lot about dog body language. I have instructed Sara not to force him to approach anyone, not even to encourage him, just to let him decide and if he's not comfortable then not to let them pet him. Shaping with Dexter is challenging me but we're making progress. He is afraid to interact with anything, even objects he is used to seeing around the house. We tried the lid to a tupperware container, and with some work, I eventually got him to cautiously nose it. Dex is a very interesting little dog. Any tips on shaping with him are appreciated.