When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs

When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs

by Jane Killion
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When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs by Jane Killion

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781929242443
Publisher: Dogwise Pub
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 308,320
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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When Pigs Fly - Training Success With Impossible Dogs 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Penelope_ More than 1 year ago
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.
pitbullmamaliz More than 1 year ago
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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