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Training the Hard-To-Train Dog: Effective Training Techniques for Working with Shy, Controlling, and Stubborn Dogs

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Training the Hard-to-Train Dog takes a practical approach to the subject of dog training with step-by-step "power training" techniques that teach you how to be a firm yet fair leader to your dog. Whether your dog is highly reactive, noncompliant, or simply stubborn, this book teaches you effective techniques--from the basics and beyond--that encourage an obedient and cooperative canine companion.
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Overview


Training the Hard-to-Train Dog takes a practical approach to the subject of dog training with step-by-step "power training" techniques that teach you how to be a firm yet fair leader to your dog. Whether your dog is highly reactive, noncompliant, or simply stubborn, this book teaches you effective techniques--from the basics and beyond--that encourage an obedient and cooperative canine companion.
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Pet behaviorist and winner of the 2002 Dog Writers Association award for best training article, Swager has written a manual that debunks the idea that independent-thinking, dominant dogs must be trained using aversive methods. She begins by explaining characteristics that make certain breeds more difficult to train. She then discusses how a dog's pack position influences its desire to comply, and she demonstrates how a person can become the leader of the pack. She covers basic obedience commands and addresses problem behavior, e.g., housebreaking accidents, excessive barking, biting, and guarding. Unlike TV dog-training personality Cesar Millan, who believes in the alpha roll (holding a dog down on its side or back), or Kathy Santo (Kathy Santo's Dog Sense), who recommends the "jerk and pull" correction method, Swager espouses positive reinforcement. Other recent books such as Tamar Geller's The Loved Dog and Dale Stavroff's Let the Dog Decide also explain motivational methods; however, the beautiful and sometimes humorous color illustrations, the easy-to-read style, and the emphasis that all dogs, regardless of temperament, can benefit from reward-based training make this book an outstanding addition to public library collections.
—Florence Scarinci

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780793806676
  • Publisher: TFH Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 454,559
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    Excellent Resource for All Dog Owners

    This is a wonderful resource for anyone who is thinking of purchasing a dog or already owns one. Peggy provides a comprehensive guide to approaching problem behaviors in dogs. The book is laid out in an easy to read format with a very good index. Not only does she pin point different types of dog personalities and behaviors, but she gives step by step guidelines for addressing problem behaviors ...usually with more than one approach. I would highly reccommend this book to anyone who is a dog owner.

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