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Overview

Author Alana Stevenson provides readers with the basic principles of animal learning so they can effectively remedy behavioral issues using only a positive, humane approach. Resolve tough issues such as separation anxiety, fear of strangers, aggression, lunging while on the leash, jumping on visitors, barking, car sickness, and more. Using rewards rather than punishment, Alana provides easy-to-follow, gentle, and highly effective methods and advice for teaching dogs polite manners. By learning how to communicate well with dogs, you can teach your dog how to come when called, sit, lie down, stay, look at you, walk on a leash, eliminate outdoors, and behave nicely around people and other dogs. Your dog will have fun learning through the use of special training games that you both will enjoy playing together.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979459900
  • Publisher: Training With A Heart, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Alana Stevenson is a Professional Dog and Cat Behavior Specialist and Dog Trainer. She has an M.S. in biology with a focus in education. She is Certified (CDBC) by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior.

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Table of Contents


Introduction
Positive Training, and How Dogs Learn and Understand the World Around Them
What Is Positive Training?     1
Why There Is No Need for Punishment     1
Dogs Are Social: They Do Everything Together     2
Dogs Experience Life in the Present     2
Dogs Are Visual, Not Verbal     3
Body Language Is Meaningful to Dogs     4
Dogs Have an Oppositional Reflex     6
Dogs Do Not Respect Property Rights; Ownership Changes Hands     6
Dogs Learn by Association     7
Dogs Learn in the Environment in Which You Teach Them     7
Dogs Learn by Repetition, and Practice Makes Perfect     8
Training Techniques
Passive Training and Problematic Behavior     10
Shaping a Behavior     13
Luring     15
Active Training     17
A Note on Teaching Puppies     20
Training Exercises
Attention     21
Attention Exercise     22
Recall     25
Recall Exercises     29
Sit, Stand, and Down     39
Leave it and Thank you     45
Stay     52
Distance Training     54
The Crazy Human and Dog Game     55
OtherBehaviors
Calming Body Language     57
How to Prevent and Resolve Jumping     58
Chewing and Play-Biting     60
The Importance and Value of a Toy Bin     63
Barking and Teaching Quiet     67
Housetraining     71
Signals and Using a Bell     73
Stool-Eating (Coprophagia)     11
Behavior Modification for Fear, Aggression, and Anxiety
How to Help a Fearful or Aggressive Dog     78
Separation Anxiety     87
Preparation for Thunderstorms and Fireworks     88
Car Sickness     89
Walking on a Leash
Tools to Help with Walking     91
How to Hold a Leash Properly     92
Walking With a Relaxed Leash     97
Teaching Your Dog to Stop     102
Pooch Etiquette-Positive Interactions at Dog Parks and Other Places Where Dogs Play     104
Dog Fights     105
How to Choose a Trainer     110
Summary: The Principles of This Book     113
Appendices
Deaf Dogs     115
Ari's Story (Sample Behavior Modification Protocol)     116
Undesirable Training Techniques     122
Food Treats & Edibles     123
Links and Resources     125
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  • Posted January 28, 2009

    I'VE READ MUCH BETTER

    While some of the tips on training in this book are alright A(sit, stay, come, heal,etc) I don't feel that the writer has given alot of thought to first time pet owners or novice owners when it comes to dealing with some of the problems she mentions in her book.<BR/>An excellent example of this is the section about aggressive behavior in some dogs. This is something that should not be attemped by someone who doesn't know what they are doing and you can't learn what you need to know by reading a book plain and simple. Agression of any kind is best left to those who have experience with this type of behavior. The dog is being aggressive for a reason and usually its because they have been either taught this behavior or because they have at some time or another been mistreated. In my opinion there are better books available for people to learn the basics of training.

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

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    Excellent Book

    It is absurd the reviews by the two breeders, and clearly neither has read the book. I have read this book and it is fantastic. Very user-friendly, pro-dog, and compassionate. The author is clearly knowledgeable and experienced. The book is recommended by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, which is how I found this incredible book. It is given great reviews by veterinary behaviorists, positive dog trainers, authors and shelter directors. We need more books like this. Dogs benefit and so do people.

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