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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dog Tricks

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Finally, a manual that doesn't make dog owners jump through hoops!

This one-of-a-kind guide provides dog owners with simple, step-by-step, illustrated instructions on how to teach their dogs a variety of tricks, from shaking hands and rolling over to fetching the newspaper and jumping through hoops. Readers learn which tricks work for different breeds and which ones don't, and how to troubleshoot when the training techniques fail to produce the...

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Overview

Finally, a manual that doesn't make dog owners jump through hoops!

This one-of-a-kind guide provides dog owners with simple, step-by-step, illustrated instructions on how to teach their dogs a variety of tricks, from shaking hands and rolling over to fetching the newspaper and jumping through hoops. Readers learn which tricks work for different breeds and which ones don't, and how to troubleshoot when the training techniques fail to produce the desired result.

• There are currently over 63 million dogs in U.S. households
• Offers step-by-step instructional photos, breed-specific tricks, and the latest techniques

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592573998
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 927,606
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Palika is an award-winning member of the Dog Writers Association of America and the owner of Kindred Spirits Dog Training, where she's been teaching dog training and trick classes for more than 25 years. She is the author of more than 40 pet books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dachshunds, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Yorkshire Terriers, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pugs, and All Dogs Need Some Training, which was selected by Pet Life magazine as one of the ten best dog training books available today. Her magazine articles have been published in Dog Fancy, Dog World, AKC Gazette, Pet Business, Newsweek, Saturday Evening Post, and many other magazines.
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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Great Book for those that want to have fun with their dog!

    The only thing missing from this book is how to use a clicker with your trick training. It is awesome for the do it yourself crowd who don't want to pay over $100 per class for obedience and trick training classes. The only downfall is that your dog doesn't get the socialization with other dogs that it would get in class. BUT if your dog already socializes well you can save a ton of money from classes and teach the tricks yourself with this book. Between Animal Planet and the tips and tricks in this book, I have gone into Petsmart with my dogs and been mistaken for a professional trainer. I have learned a lot from this book and refer back to it constantly. The book instructs you not to skip around, and I definetly recommend not skipping the first couple of Obedience Chapters, but if your dog doesn't respond to certain types of tricks, skip them and move on. The book itself, explains that certain dogs respond better to certain tricks and it is evident just between my two dogs. Since I have started, my dogs love to train and have started picking up the benefits of showing off their tricks in just a couple of months. This book definetly has more bang for the buck if you are interested in teaching your dog new tricks on your own.

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