Breaking Bad Habits in Dogs

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Here in words and color illustrations are clear and humane methods for breaking annoying and destructive canine habits, and teaching the family dog lessons it will always remember. The author describes how dogs learn, then emphasizing humane treatment of animals, he explains how to control a dominant dog . . . how to make a dog respond when it is called . . . how to stop excessive barking . . . how to end destruction of furniture and garbage picking . . . how to deal with the dog who steals food . . . how to ...

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Overview

Here in words and color illustrations are clear and humane methods for breaking annoying and destructive canine habits, and teaching the family dog lessons it will always remember. The author describes how dogs learn, then emphasizing humane treatment of animals, he explains how to control a dominant dog . . . how to make a dog respond when it is called . . . how to stop excessive barking . . . how to end destruction of furniture and garbage picking . . . how to deal with the dog who steals food . . . how to paper-train and house-train even the most difficult dog, and much more. The book is filled with more than 350 color, time-sequence photos that demonstrate training methods step by step.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764122354
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Tennant is one of Britain's leading experts in dog behavior and obedience training. He has trained animals for more than 100 television shows, has made instructional videos on dog training, and has lectured internationally on dog behavior and training.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 14
Origins of the Dog
The Early History of Dogs
Working Breeds
Companionship
Domestic Problems
Man's Best Friend
Sniffing and Rolling
Pack Rules
Pack Behavior
Dominance
Dog Training and Behavior
Chapter 1 How Dogs Learn 22
The Critical Period for Learning
Inherited Behavior
Voice Tone
Reward
Punishment
Getting Your Timing Right
Aim for Consistency
Guilty or Not?
Ignore--A Powerful Dominance Statement
Chapter 2 Training Equipment 30
Basic Dog Training
Breaking Bad Habits
Retractable Leads
Long Lines
Dog-Walking Harnesses
Car Harnesses
Head Halters
The Muzzle
Natural Diet Food and Food Rewards
The Food Toy
Deterrent Sprays
Remote Training Collar
Training Disks
How to Use the Disks
Dog Stop Alarms
Water Pistols
Dog Beds
Dog Doors
Indoor Cages and Playpens
Car Ramps
Carrier Cages and Crates
Toys, Balls
Whistle
Chapter 3 The Dominant Dog 38
Problem Signs
Causes of Dominance
Altering Behavior
Jumping Up for Attention
The Human Factor
Coping with Dominance--First Achieve Psychological Demotion
How to Take Charge--Obedience Training
Phase Two--The Hook Restriction Program
People Arriving at Your Home
How the Dog Sees the Situation
How to Take Full Control
Equipment Required
A Good Time When Tethered
Chapter 4 Recall--Dogs That Don't Come on Command 54
Prevention Advice
Breaking the Habit
Lead and Collar Recall
Sound and Food Recall
The Long-Line Recall
Practice Makes Perfect
Dealing with Distractions
Sound and Toy Recall
Hide-and-Seek Recall
Citronella Collar Recall
Chapter 5 Separation Anxiety--Home Alone 68
General Causes
Are You the Problem?
Prevention Advice
Dealing with Separation Anxiety--Reducing Dependence
The Use of Food
Two's Canine Company
Exercise the Energy
Important Tips
In Conclusion
Chapter 6 Excessive Barking 78
Prevention Advice for Puppies
Barking While the Owner Is Home
How to Stop or Reduce Barking
Anxiety-Related Barking
Food Inducement
Helpful Distractions
Excitable Barking for Attention
Barking Mad in the Car
Using Deterrents
Redesigning the Car Space
Restraints
Chapter 7 Excessive Attention Seeking 86
The Doggy Drive
Attention Trip
Tackling the Problem
What Is Excessive?
How to Prevent Attention Seeking
Points to Remember
Chapter 8 Destructive Behavior 94
Why Are Dogs Destructive?
Prevention Advice
Exercise and Food
Cage Training
Direct Action
Bitter Experience
Chapter 9 Play Biting 100
Why Dogs Play Bite Us
Play Biting Is Painful
Toy or Prey
The Evil Eye
Dog Training
Redirecting the Play
Chapter 10 Jumping Up 108
Prevention Advice
Four Paws on the Ground
Initial Triggers That Teach Dogs to Jump Up
I'm Home, I'm Ignoring You
Dog Training
Redirect Unwanted Greetings
Water and Sound Deterrents
Smell and Taste Deterrents
Collar, Lead, and Hook
Other Methods
In Conclusion
Chapter 11 Dealing with Aggression
Aggression Toward People 116
Dominant and Fear Aggression
Prevention Advice: Reducing the Dominant Dog's Attitude
Circumstances: The Crucial Factor
Types of Aggression to People--Inherited Dominance
Dominance Aggression Toward People
Specific Triggers
Dominance Aggression in Public Places
Fear Aggression to People
Fear Aggression to People in Public Places
Keeping a Safe Distance
Do Not Impose on Aggressive Dogs
How to Remedy the Situation
Redefining Who's Leader
Psychological Demotion
How to Take Charge
House Obedience Training
Controlling the Dog in Your Home
The Food Toy Reward
On the Hook
Aggression to Visitors
Training Disks
Changing Canine Attitudes
Aggression Toward Other Dogs 132
Fear Aggression
The Dominantly Aggressive Dog
Lack of Socialization
Traumatic Experience
Cyclical Aggression
The Rehabilitation Plan
Getting to Know Other Dogs
The Leader Speaks
Dogs Visiting You
What to Do If Your Dog Is Attacked in Public
Practical Attack Avoidance Techniques
Passive Defense
Object Defense
Umbrella Rescue
Aggression Toward Other Dogs in the Family 144
Hidden Currents
A New Dog in the House
Wolves in the Wild
Restoring Peace and Order
Removing Friction
What to Do If a Fight Takes Place
Canine Divorce
Possessive Aggression 152
Possessiveness with Toys
Using Spray Deterrents
Do's and Don'ts
Aggression over Food 156
Retraining Program
Obedience Training
Spray Distraction
Food Exchange
In Conclusion
Aggression When Grooming 158
Why Dogs Show Aggression
Breed Problems
Using Muzzles on Very Aggressive Dogs
Chapter 12 Stealing Food and Scavenging 160
Taste Buds
In the Home
Following Their Noses
Obedience Training
Deterrents
Prevention Advice
Direct Action
Setting Up Your Dog
Using Muzzles
Chapter 13 Sexual Problems 166
Marking Territory
Prevention Advice
Scent and Taste Deterrents
Obedience Training
In Conclusion
Should I Neuter My Dog?
Castration
Prevention of Dominant Aggression
Hypersexuality
Chapter 14 House Toilet Training 170
The New Puppy
Stage 1 Training
Stage 2 Training
Stage 3 Training
Indoor Cages
The Cage Solution
If Separation Anxiety Is the Cause
Territory Marking by Male Dogs
Chapter 15 Stopping Your Dog from Pulling 176
The Language of Command
Collar and Lead
Puppies and Less-Determined Pullers
Walking to Heel
Stay in Control
Using Head Halters with Determined Pullers
How to Fit a Head Halter onto a Dog
Using a Body Harness
Chapter 16 Introducing a New Dog into the Family 182
A New Puppy
Maintain Pack Position
Do's and Don'ts with a New Puppy
Introducing Adults of the Opposite Sex
Getting Acquainted
Introducing Adults of the Same Sex
In Conclusion
Chapter 17 Phobias and Fears 188
What Causes Phobias?
Prevention by Socialization
The Wild Animal in a Dog
Beating the Bangs
Household Noises
Taping the Trouble
Fear of Objects
Chapter 18 Car Sickness 192
Causes
Prevention Advice
Further Tips
Chapter 19 Digging Up the Garden 194
Prevention Advice
Training Disks
Scent Deterrents
Chapter 20 Eating Animal Feces 196
Prevention Advice
Deterrent Methods
Chapter 21 Chasing People and Animals 198
Sizing Up the Problem
Obedience Training
Reverse Chase
Redirecting the Chase
Electric Collars
Index 200
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    I purchased this book about 3 weeks ago. My Briard was becoming human aggressive. I am on my 3rs week of the Hook Restriction Program and it is working great. The book is broken down into specific problems and offers multiple training solutions for each problem. It is written in terms that I can undrstand easily and does not seem to be biased toward one method of training. IT IS THE BEST MONEY I HAVE EVER SPENT ON A BOOK.

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