Understanding and training your dog

Understanding and training your dog

by Kath Rayson

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Overview

Understanding and training your dog by Kath Rayson

New to dog training or hope your next dog is better behaved? Part One explains why dogs behave as they do and why their training needs to reflect their innate language for a dog to understand what is expected of him (or her).

Part Two covers ten training stages which develop the dog to an advanced level in his first year of training. Practicing and mastering each exercise is rewarding and effective, and your dog will learn how to behave wherever you go. As his trainer, you’ll plan and track which exercises to work on to progress through all ten stages. With training he understands, your dog (whatever breed or gender) will be a joy to have around.

KATH RAYSON HAS TRAINED MORE THAN 300 DOGS AND THEIR OWNERS. HER HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TRAINING METHODS AND WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE WILL HELP YOU TO HAVE BEAUTIFULLY TRAINED (AND MUCH ADMIRED) DOGS TOO.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911447009
Publisher: Maran House Books
Publication date: 08/26/2016
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Having a great love of animals and of course dogs in particular, I have spent the last 35 years working as a dog trainer. During my lifetime, I have had ten dogs of my own; however, I have also trained over 300 owners and their dogs. Along the way I have gained a huge amount of experience in what works and what doesn't and it is this experience that is at the heart of this book. My training method establishes a way of communicating with your dog so that he knows what is expected of him and so that he feels safe with you. With such training, he will return to you when you want him to and he will walk by your side without straining on his leash. My dogs are much admired when I am out and about with them! I enjoy explaining how and why they have been trained in the way that I train them. I wish you every success in learning how to train your dog so that he too is a joy to have around.

Table of Contents

1 WHAT IS A DOG?
Introduction
History
Breeds and their differences
Points and senses of the dog

2 THE DOG'S WELL-BEING
Food and water
Grooming
Housing and security
Travelling by car
Fresh air and walks
Routine and holidays

3 THE DOG'S BEHAVIOUR
Good and bad behaviour
Natural behaviour
Pack members working together
Behaving as a leader

4 THE DOG'S LANGUAGE
The need for language
Origins
Misunderstandings
Body language
Stances and expressions of emotion
Sounds

5 WORKING AS A PACK
The importance of a pack
The trainer's body language
Healing peace
Early introduction to people
Welcoming a new arrival
Letting the new arrival feel safe
The importance of play

6 TRAINING APPROACHES
The importance of your approach
Tricks and obedience training
Training with treats or toys
Training allowing no freedom
Training with praise and correction

7 PRE-TRAINING FOR PUPPIES
Coming to you
Lying still
Behaviour with bones

8 FORMAL TRAINING
Forming a pack
OFF YOU GO!
Trust
Golden rules
Training aids
How to use this book

9 STAGE ONE: GETTING ATTENTION
What is involved
Start with HEEL and the Right About-Turn
Include SIT
Introduce the Right Turn
Introduce the Left Turn using the IN command
Combine all three turns

10 STAGE TWO: IMPROVING HEELWORK
What is involved
Introduce random rectangles
Improve the Right About-Turn
Introduce the SIT-STAY position
Introduce the DOWN position
Establish a foot signal for the DOWN position
DOWN with a large dog

11 STAGE THREE: INTRODUCING CLOSEWORK
What is involved
Introduce the Fast DOWN
Introduce SLOW and FAST paces
Introduce closework
Closework exercise 1: HEEL-SIT
Closework exercise 2: IN-SIT
Problem solving for the IN-SIT
Improve the dog's suppleness
Introduce the COME-SIT
Problem solving for the COME-SIT
Introduce the DOWN-STAY
Further work on DOWN with a large dog
Introduce disturbing influences

12 STAGE FOUR: FOCUSING ON TREATS
What is involved
Hand positions for working with treats
Improve HEEL-SIT using treats
Improve the Right About-Turn using treats
Introduce wearing a hat or head cone
Improve IN-SIT using treats

13 STAGE FIVE: PREPARING FOR DISTANT CONTROL
What is involved
Introduce serpentines as a warm-up exercise
Improve the accuracy of closework
Introduce SIT>DOWN>SIT transitions
Further work on STAY with a circle
Introduce STAY with a diamond
Introduce the STAND position

14 STAGE SIX: ENHANCING HAND SIGNALS
What is involved
Enhance hand signals with a clap
Continue with closework
Introduce the Left About-Turn
Introduce the LEAVE command

15 STAGE SEVEN: WORKING OFF-LEASH
What is involved
Introduce HEEL Free
Prepare for using a long leash
Introduce the SIT-IN
Introduce the STAND-STAY
Introduce the STAY Drop
Introduce the HEEL Recall
Introduce the COME Recall
Problem solving for the COME Recall

16 STAGE EIGHT: WORKING FURTHER AFIELD
What is involved
HEEL with the leash in your left hand
Introduce walking around the block
Remove HEEL and COME Recall patterns
Improve the STAY
Car training
Using a Halti or muzzle

17 STAGE NINE: Accuracy, Fun and Jumping
What is involved
Warming up
Establish the DROP command
Introduce STAND from the Front
Further improve closework
Develop your foot signals for closework
Develop SIT>DOWN>STAND transitions
Introduce a Drop in the COME Recall
Introduce the Send AWAY
Introduce switching sides
Introduce LEFT and RIGHT commands
Introduce weaving around your legs
Begin jumping for fun
Start with a single jump
Introduce a second jump
Introduce a line of four jumps
Introduce a box of four jumps
Introduce right side handling over jumps
Introduce Recall and Send AWAY over jumps

18 STAGE TEN: Running Free
What is involved
Training the pack
STAYs with two or more dogs
Recalls with two or more dogs
HEEL with two or more dogs
Improve leaving other dogs on command
Running free
Further jumping
Last words

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