The Midnight Dog Walkers: Positive Training and Practical Advice for Living With Reactive and Aggressive Dogs

The Midnight Dog Walkers: Positive Training and Practical Advice for Living With Reactive and Aggressive Dogs

by Annie Phenix


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The Midnight Dog Walkers: Positive Training and Practical Advice for Living With Reactive and Aggressive Dogs by Annie Phenix

Aggression is a subject that no dog owner wants to talk about, but one that many owners have to face. Statistics show that aggression is not only the most serious problem in dogs but also the top reason for owners to seek out professional help for their pets. Left unchecked, an aggressive dog can become a dangerous dog, and this informative volume comes to the aid of many heartbroken owners who feel that they have tried everything to correct their dogs’ unpredictable and inappropriate behavior. Author and certified dog trainer Annie Phenix shares her belief that many reactive dogs can be rehabilitated with the right training, and she offers her expertise in positive, force-free training methods to desperate owners who have resorted to extreme measures to keep their dogs away from other people and animals.

Inside The Midnight Dog Walkers:

Stories and practical examples from the author based on aggressive dogs she’s trained and owned

Behavioral warning signs that owners should recognize

Definitions of different types of aggression and why they occur

Tips on how to handle a potentially aggressive or aggressive dog

The author’s force-free training philosophy and how she applies it with her clients to effect positive changes

Popular myths and misconceptions about training these "grumpy growlers"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621871163
Publisher: CompanionHouse Books
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 262,221
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Annie Phenix: Annie Phenix, CPDT-KA, is a professional force-free dog trainer from Durango, Colorado, specializing in canine behavior. Phenix is a popular writer for Dogster and BARKS magazines, and she is the resident trainer for She is an award-winning journalist with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. She was named the Austin Communicator of the Year by Women in Communication in 2000. You can visit her training website at

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

1 What is the Midnight Dog Walkers' Club? 8

2 The $12, 000 Rottweiler, I've Been Where You Are 16

3 Troubled Dogs: The Scope of the problem 28

4 A Dog trainer's Street Education 44

5 What Doesn't Work and Why 58

6 The Beginning Matters 72

7 Dr. Pavlov Sits on You Shoulder 96

8 The Counterconditioning Revolution: How to Un-ring the Bell 112

9 The Real Secrets to Great Dog Training 130

10 Don't Walk the Dog! 146

11 Good Leashes Make for Good Neighbors 162

12 The Trifecta for a Curve Veterinarians, Trainers, and Owners 178

13 The Convenant with Man's Best Friend 194

Final Note 212

Acknowledgements 213

Bibliography 216

Resources 218

Index 219

Photo Credits 223

About the Author 223

Praise for The Midnight Dog Walkers 224

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The Midnight Dog Walkers: Positive Training and Practical Advice for Living With Reactive and Aggressive Dogs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. A must for anyone with a reactive dog. As a one time owner of a reactive dog and a dog trainer I felt every word of this book. The style of the book was engaging, the empathy is real and the advice down to earth and understandable. Annie Phenix is a wonderful writer and dog trainer. She was not afraid to tell us about her mistakes. I cried for her losses and cheered for her successes. This is a great book for anyone who loves dogs. Even those of us lucky enough to have great happy go lucky pets with no issues. All dog owners will benefit from using the dog friendly training techniques in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Several years ago, my reactive border terrier and I had the good fortune of learning from Annie Phenix, author of The Midnight Dog Walkers: Positive Training . . . . Annie's heart and soul and expertise - along with her gift for teaching - gave us what we needed to leave The Midnight Dog Walkers' Club. Gracie and I are now enjoying agility, rally, walks with other dogs, and leisurely meals on restaurant patios. Imagine! And now, readers everywhere can learn from Annie who has made such a tremendous difference in my life, my dog's life, and hundreds of others'. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book: a great read and a great resource for positively affecting the lives of all dogs.
Silverhorse More than 1 year ago
Wow! Just Wow! This book is about changing the mentality that people have about needing to cause pain in order to learn. This book is about building a positive and happy relationship and creating a partnership between dog and human. This book is about changing old negative behaviors into wanted and positive behaviors without using the old method of force, yank and pain. Ms. Phenix will change the way people have been brought up and trained to believe that the only way to get a well trained responsive dog is to hurt or force them into good behavior. If you love your dog and feel there must be a different way to train than just bullying and shocking your best friend into good behavior, this is a must read.