Calm Down!: Step-by-Step to a Calm, Relaxed, and Brilliant Family Dog (Essential Skills for a Brilliant Family Dog Series #1)

Calm Down!: Step-by-Step to a Calm, Relaxed, and Brilliant Family Dog (Essential Skills for a Brilliant Family Dog Series #1)

by Beverley Courtney

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ISBN-13: 9781916437609
Publisher: Beverley Courtney
Publication date: 08/20/2018
Series: Essential Skills for a Brilliant Family Dog Series , #1
Pages: 66
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.14(d)

About the Author

Beverley Courtney has lived with dogs all her life. She qualified her first dog, a Battersea Dogs' Home rescue, as a Working Trials Champion - and has enjoyed herself hugely for many years helping new owners with their dogs and puppies.

Using the latest scientific breakthroughs in dog behaviour, she is dedicated to improving communication between owner and dog. Once you ditch the idea that it's a one-way process ("I said SIT!") and start understanding how your dog learns, training becomes a breeze.

Her fresh approach has helped hundreds of families to discover the joy of choice-based training. Her first four books address the four Essential Skills for a Brilliant Family Dog, and the first book in this series features one of her students' favourite skills - getting their frantic puppy to relax!

Beverley's latest three books address the tricky problem many dog-owners experience - of having a dog who barks and reacts to other dogs. Or people. Or bikes ... Drawing on her own experience with her "Growly Dog" Lacy, together with extensive study, she brings the gentle and humorous approach that her readers love! There is no blame or shame here - just empathy, understanding, and masses of how-to's to get you enjoying calm walks with your dog again.

Beverley's first four books address the problem so many new dog-owners experience - of wanting to love their new puppy at the same time as preventing mayhem in the home! She draws on her experience with her own pups, as well as the thousands who have learnt with her at *Good for Dogs*, together with extensive and continuing study. And this means she can bring the gentle and humorous approach to training that her readers love! There is no blame or shame here - just empathy, understanding, and masses of how-to's to get you enjoying your new dog.

Table of Contents

Calm Down!

Contents

Introduction Time for a change .............................................................. 1

Just one skill is needed ........................................................................ 5

Dogs are doers .................................................................................... 6

Chapter 1 Introducing the Mat! .............................................................. 7

What do you need? ............................................................................. 8

Your Mat ............................................................................................ 8

Treats ................................................................................................. 8

Fairly rubbish treats .......................................................................... 10

Troubleshooting ............................................................................... 10

Chapter 2 Starting with the Mat ........................................................... 11

Lesson 1 Front paws on the Mat ....................................................... 12

Troubleshooting ............................................................................... 14

Chapter 3 Mat Magic! .......................................................................... 19

Lesson 2 Down on the Mat .............................................................. 20

How do I get my dog to lie down? .................................................... 21

Troubleshooting ............................................................................... 23

Lesson 3 Learning when to get off the mat ........................................ 24

Troubleshooting ............................................................................... 26

Chapter 4 What do I do with this mat now? ......................................... 29

Coffee with a friend, or Sunday lunch at the pub .............................. 30

A peaceful evening in the living room ............................................... 31

Visiting the vet ................................................................................. 33

Family picnic .................................................................................... 35

Chapter 5 Taking it on the road ........................................................... 37

The doorbell! .................................................................................... 38

Targets ............................................................................................. 39

Preparing dinner ............................................................................... 41

Mat substitutes ................................................................................. 41

Reports from the Front Line ............................................................. 42

Chapter 6 Surprise benefits of Mat Magic! ............................................ 45

How should our day go? ................................................................... 47

Conclusion ........................................................................................... 49

This is just the beginning for you! .................................................... 49

Appreciation ......................................................................................... 51

Resources ............................................................................................. 53

About the author .................................................................................. 57

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Calm Down! Step-by-Step to a Calm, Relaxed, and Brilliant Family Dog (Essential Skills for a Brilliant Family Dog, #1) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple and easy to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! Not only for newcomers.