Bonding with Your Dog: A Trainer's Secrets for Building a Better Relationship

Bonding with Your Dog: A Trainer's Secrets for Building a Better Relationship

by Victoria Schade, Schade

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Overview

The human-canine bond: a relationship steeped in love with equal parts mutual respect, trust, and regard

In this groundbreaking book, professional dog trainer Victoria Schade reveals that a successful relationship between you and your dog isn't about establishing yourself as the pack leader, but about building a meaningful bond. She explains how this bond forms the core of your entire relationship; if it's lacking, it's the primary source of any frustration you may be having with your dog.

First, you'll take a quiz to help you gauge your current relationship with your dog. Next, you'll learn the building blocks for creating a positive, mutually rewarding bond-from granting privileges to being unpredictable to offering ample praise and playtime. You'll discover how a bonded dog:
  • Listens to obedience cues
  • Wants you in her sightlines, even in intriguing environments
  • Doesn't escape through open doorways
  • Understands and follows your house rules
  • Wants to be close to you and work with you
  • Truly trusts and respects you

Whether you share your heart and home with a puppy, an adolescent, or a senior dog, it's never too early or too late to build a bond to last a lifetime-and this book shows you how.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470409152
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/27/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 724,220
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Victoria Schade is an APDT Certified Pet Dog Trainer and owner of Good Dog! Obedience Training. She received a Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America for her training video New Puppy! Now What? and hosts the training segment on the Animal Planet show Faithful Friends.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Part I: All about Bonding.

1 What Is the Bond?

2 Ways We Accidentally Undermine the Bond.

3 Bonding and Body Language.

4 Privileges vs. Rights.

Part II: How to Build the Bond.

5 Building Block #1: Training for Life.

6 Building Block #2: Be Predictable but Unpredictable.

7 Building Block #3: Praise!

8 Building Block #4: Playing to Win.

9 Building Block #5: Time for the Tricky Stuff.

10 Building Block #6: Don’t Forget Your Sense of Humor.

Laugh a Little.

Frustration Is Inevitable.

It’s Not Rocket Science.

Index.

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