The Dog Rules: 14 Secrets to Developing the Dog YOU Want

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In this groundbreaking guide, elite dog trainer Kyra Sundance reveals the path to helping your dog be a reliable partner and true member of your family. Kyra — a world-acclaimed Stunt Dog Team performer, nationally ranked dog sports competitor, and movie dog trainer — holds the human-dog bond at the heart of her training method. She cares for her dogs with tenderness, trains them thoroughly, and inspires them to excel.

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Overview

In this groundbreaking guide, elite dog trainer Kyra Sundance reveals the path to helping your dog be a reliable partner and true member of your family. Kyra — a world-acclaimed Stunt Dog Team performer, nationally ranked dog sports competitor, and movie dog trainer — holds the human-dog bond at the heart of her training method. She cares for her dogs with tenderness, trains them thoroughly, and inspires them to excel.

If you're battling the same problems with your dog over and over, then the training method you're using isn't working. Instead of more training, what's needed is better training. Kyra's "whole-dog" approach looks beyond sterile training methods that manipulate through reward and punishment and instead advocates humane behavior modification techniques to establish expectations without compromising love. Her principles — such as "One Command, One Consequence," "Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem" and "Praise, Touch, Treat — in That Order" — empower readers with a clear strategy and the tools to enact real change.

Kyra's method does not suppress natural behaviors and teach subservience. Instead, it fosters confident, happy dogs who are motivated to do the right thing rather than fearful of making a mistake. The Dog Rules shows us us how to develop joyful relationships with dogs who balance enthusiasm and self-control.

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While average dog owners wouldn't expect their pets to perform routines at the level that Sundance, a celebrity Stunt Dog Show performer, reaches, the fundamentals she puts forth here should be achievable by even the most novice of trainers. The 14 rules are grouped into five major concepts: encourage trust, instill a desire to please, teach behavior, expect respect, and build the canine-human bond. As with any method for training, the specific techniques may work well for some dogs and not others. Sundance assumes that the techniques she presents will work; alternatives are not fully explored. She encourages owners to spend time with their pets beyond formal training and believes that the bond that develops is the key to a lifelong successful dog/owner relationship. Sundance is also the author of 101 Dog Tricks. Both titles are recommended where there is high interest in dog ownership.
—Edell M. Schaefer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416588665
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 11/5/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Together, Kyra Sundance and her Weimaraner Chalcy are one of the most recognized dog performance teams in the country. Their Stunt Dog Show has entertained audiences worldwide at fairs, circuses, schools, sporting event halftime shows, and even a command performance in Marrakech for the King of Morocco. They've starred in 200 performances of Disney's Underdog movie stage show in Hollywood. Kyra, Chalcy, and a new puppy, Jadie, live with Kyra's husband, Randy Banis, on a ranch in the California desert of Mojave. Kyra is a marathon runner and gymnast and is also the author of 101 Dog Tricks.

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