When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs

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Does your dog come when called, heel properly when you go for a walk, and sit quietly when you ask him to? If your answer is a resounding "No!" then you may think you have an impossible dog, a "Pigs Fly" dog, one you may think can never be trained. But think again! Most kinds of dogs that people have trouble training (typically Hounds, Terriers, some Northern Breeds) actually have many characteristics that make them quite trainable-they are smart, they are good problem solvers, and they have strong drives to get ...
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Does your dog come when called, heel properly when you go for a walk, and sit quietly when you ask him to? If your answer is a resounding "No!" then you may think you have an impossible dog, a "Pigs Fly" dog, one you may think can never be trained. But think again! Most kinds of dogs that people have trouble training (typically Hounds, Terriers, some Northern Breeds) actually have many characteristics that make them quite trainable-they are smart, they are good problem solvers, and they have strong drives to get what they want. If this describes your dog, then it's time to start working with your dog's nature, not against it. The key to training success with these dogs is to figure out what they find rewarding and then use those rewards to get the behavior you want. You'll be amazed at what your "bad" dog will do when you know how he thinks and what turns him on!

Call them stubborn, call them independent but don't give up!: Find out why you shouldn't train your Pigs Fly dog like he's a Lab or a Golden. Learn how to make your dog operant, a dog who willingly tries to seek out the right behavior in return for a reward instead of always trying to get away with something bad. You don't need to constantly feed your dog to get good behavior. Learn how to use play and other activities your dog enjoys as effective rewards.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781929242443
  • Publisher: Dogwise Pub
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 269,810
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     5
Your Dog Can Be Trained!     7
Understanding the "Pigs Fly" Training System     16
What are Clickers and Markers?     27
Fundamentals of Shaping Behaviors     36
Teaching Attention as a Behavior     53
Using Your Dog's Natural Behaviors to Train Him     61
Learning How To Play With Your Dog     77
How To Teach Your Dog Any Behavior     93
Basic Behaviors     99
Problem Behaviors     137
Living and Training in Harmony     168
Resources     177
Acknowledgements     182
Author Biography     184
Index     185
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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    All I can say is WOW!!

    WOW, WOW, WOW. This book is awesome and Jane Killion really knows what she's talking about. I adopted a bull terrier pup and he was exactly like one of her own dogs that she desscribes. He couldn't give two figs about what I was trying to teach him. He was totallly on his own agenda. After doing only the first couple of excersizes in this book, he's almost a completely different dog and more than happy to start a training excersize with me.
    She has so much experience with one of the most stubborn breeds and she shares all her knowledge clearly with a sense of humor. If her system worked with my dog, i can't imagine it not working for anyone else's. I truly thought that my dog was mentally handicapped until I read this book.
    Her route may not be the best route to take with dogs that are already eager to work and train with you, but if you have a dog that looks at you like you are stupid if you think he's going to do ANYTHING you want him to do, this is a book you should read.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Fantastic book if you have a "non-biddable" dog!

    This book kept me captivated from beginning to end. Her descriptions are hilarious and it makes you feel better for not having a dog that lives to please you, but that actually expects something in return. It is a clearly written book and has step by step instructions that can be built upon each other for more advanced exercises, so I think it would be appropriate for both beginners and more advanced people. I wish I had found this years ago!

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