Chill Out Fido!: How to Calm Your Dog

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Does your dog go bonkers when the doorbell rings or when you grab the leash to take him for a walk? If you find your dog is often difficult to control, you are not alone! Getting your dog to calm down and relax is one of the most common challenges pet parents face. This two-part book will help you first identify the factors that cause this kind of behavior in dogs, then it provides you with eleven key training exercises to teach your dog how to calm down, pay attention to you, relax, and respond to everyday ...

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Overview

Does your dog go bonkers when the doorbell rings or when you grab the leash to take him for a walk? If you find your dog is often difficult to control, you are not alone! Getting your dog to calm down and relax is one of the most common challenges pet parents face. This two-part book will help you first identify the factors that cause this kind of behavior in dogs, then it provides you with eleven key training exercises to teach your dog how to calm down, pay attention to you, relax, and respond to everyday situations with confidence and composure. Chill Out will show you how to help your dog become the great dog you always knew he could be.

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The interrelated factors that can cause your dog's over-active behaviors.

The impact that diet can have on your dog's inability to relax.

The basics of modern positive dog training that are the key to solving these common problems.

How to reward your dog for relaxed behaviors-and avoid inadvertently reinforcing your dog's wildness.

Step-by-step training exercises that deal with the most common situations where dogs tend to have trouble staying calm.

Bonus! Trouble-shooting human training errors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929242634
  • Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Pages: 189
  • Sales rank: 1,543,816
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction to Part 1 1

1 Why Can't My Dog Relax? 3

2 How Diet Affects Behavior in Dogs 25

3 The Road to Helping Your Dog Relax 32

4 Essential Training Concepts 41

Introduction to Part 2 57

Exercise 1 Relax on a Mat 61

Exercise 2 Name Recognition 75

Exercise 3 Automatic Eye Contact 81

Exercise 4 Sit and Keep Sitting 91

Exercise 5 Targeting to Your Hand 100

Exercise 6 Say Hi for Calm Greetings 107

Exercise 7 The Doorbell Rings-Just a Minute 117

Exercise 8 Getting Out the Leash 128

Exercise 9 Calm Loose-Leash Walking 134

Exercise 10 Keep Calm While Being Handled 149

Exercise 11 Accepting Restraint 157

Final Thoughts 172

References 173

Resources 174

Stress Test for Your Dog 178

Thirty Quick Ideas 180

Index 185

About the Author 189

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