A Dog Who's Always Welcome: Assistance and Therapy Dog Trainers Teach You How to Socialize and Train Your Companion Dog [NOOK Book]

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You can take her with you...

If you're like most dog owners, you want a trustworthy companion you can take on family vacations, to ball games, on hikes, and to cafes and festivals. You want your dog to behave when you have guests, stay peacefully at hotels, ride calmly in elevators, and maintain proper doggie decorum in all kinds of situations.

Chances are, you've watched and admired assistance and therapy dogs who are attentive to their ...

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A Dog Who's Always Welcome: Assistance and Therapy Dog Trainers Teach You How to Socialize and Train Your Companion Dog

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Overview

You can take her with you...

If you're like most dog owners, you want a trustworthy companion you can take on family vacations, to ball games, on hikes, and to cafes and festivals. You want your dog to behave when you have guests, stay peacefully at hotels, ride calmly in elevators, and maintain proper doggie decorum in all kinds of situations.

Chances are, you've watched and admired assistance and therapy dogs who are attentive to their owners' needs no matter what. This book taps into the secrets of assistance and therapy dog trainers and shows you how to use focused foundation socialization training to make sure your dog is well behaved--even in unfamiliar environments loaded with distractions and temptations. It goes beyond typical behavioral training and basic commands and covers:

  • Evaluating your dog and recognizing traits that will affect her needs
  • Using reward-based processes to teach complex behaviors and self-discipline
  • Creating a socialization program that makes your dog focused on you and confident in different environments
  • Reading your dog so you can anticipate her reactions and keep her focused on your directions

With these sophisticated training techniques, you'll turn your family pet into a sociable, take-anywhere dog who will always be welcome!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470445181
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 594,924
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Lorie Long has raised and trained dogs for more than twenty-five years. She and her two Border Terriers compete in dog agility competitions; one recently earned the coveted AKC title Master Agility Champion. Long has taught classes in beginner and intermediate dog obedience, participated in AKC obedience trials, and trained her Labrador Retrievers as therapy dogs who visited nursing home patients. She has had articles published in Dog World, The Whole Dog Journal, and other magazines.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter 1The Quiet Experts.

Defining the Terms.

Robbie and Jane.

Chapter 2 Hallmarks of a Dog Who’s Always Welcome.

ADI’s Minimum Standards for Assistance Dogs in Public.

What an Assistance Dog Is.

What an Assistance Dog Is Not.

Assistance Dog Trainers.

Chapter 3 From Domestication to Behavior Modification to Socialization.

Domestication: We Find the Key.

Behavior Modification: We Start to Open the Window.

Socialization: We Open Wide the Window.

Chapter 4 The Right Dog for the Right Role.

Other Trainers Weigh In.

Choosing Chase.

What Role Will Your Dog Play?

Tess.

Chapter 5 Evaluating the Dog You Have.

Looking at Your Dog Realistically.

Look Before You Leap.

What We Can Learn from Evaluating Therapy Dogs.

Volhard Canine Personality Profile©.

Dash and Chase.

Chapter 6 Communicating Across Species.

The Role of Stress.

The Language Barrier Becomes the Language Bridge.

Assistance Dog Trainers Talk Dog.

Speaking Canine in Obedience Class.

Chapter 7 Creating a Managed, Positive-Outcome Socialization Program.

Getting It Right.

What Socialization Is.

What Socialization Isn’t.

The Rule of Seven.

Fear Periods.

Canine Generalization.

The SOAPs.

Early Socialization.

Beginning Socialization at Home.

Advanced Socialization on the Road.

Adult Dog-on-Dog Socialization.

It’s Only Natural.

Chapter 8 Creating a Relationship-Based Behavior and Skills Training Program.

Playing with Tug Toys as a Training Tool.

Um, Should I Take That as a Yes or a No?

The Positive Basics.

Beyond Sit and Stay.

Therapy Dog Handlers Test the Waters (and Find Themselves in the Deep and of the Pool).

Training Tips from the Pros.

Chapter 9 Evaluating Socialization Opportunities.

Puppy Kindergarten Group Classes.

Obedience Training Group Classes.

Off-Leash Dog Parks and Play Centers.

Doggie Daycare.

Therapy Dog Training Classes.

American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Program.

Everyday Life in Small Doses.

Chapter 10 Developing the Deep Relationship.

Canine Emotions: Where It All Begins.

I’ll Know It When I See It.

The Philosophers.

Afterword.

The Truth About Unconditional Canine Love.

Appendix.

Meet the Trainers.

About the Author.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Outstanding!! Every Owner Needs This Book!!!

    This book is one of a kind, and way overdue! Every reader will benefit tremendously in the skills they will learn to use with their dogs. It's not obedience, its companionship! Thank you, Lorie!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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