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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; 3.2.2007 edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592533256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592533251
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (511 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kyra Sundance is a world-acclaimed stunt dog show performer, celebrity dog trainer, and internationally best-selling author. An award winning author, Kyra's numerous dog-training books include the international best-selling 101 Dog Tricks, which sold over a half-million copies in 18 languages, and is one of the top dog training books of all time.
            Kyra's acrobatic stunt dog team performs worldwide and starred in shows for the king of Morocco at the royal palace in Marrakech, in Disney's Underdog stage show in Hollywood, and in circuses and professional sports halftime shows. They performed on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Animal Planet, and had their own television series called Showdog Moms & Dads.
             Kyra is nationally ranked in competitive dog sports and is a set trainer for movie dogs. As a lecturer on positive training methods, her enthusiasm inspires audiences to develop fun and rewarding relationships with their own dogs. Her methods foster confident, happy dogs who are motivated to do the right thing rather than ones fearful of making a mistake. She shows us how to develop joyful relationships with dogs who balance enthusiasm with self-control.

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Customer Reviews

What a good dog trick/training book!
Simba
Friends and I have been having so much fun teaching the tricks in this book to our dogs.
J. Gandara
There are lots of pictures and easy, step by step instructions for every trick!
Jennifer H

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

218 of 226 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer H on May 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a Mother's Day gift from my sons. I train my dog for competition obedience and they thought I might like to have some "fun" things to train. The book is fantastic! There are lots of pictures and easy, step by step instructions for every trick! I love the way the tricks are categorized as being easy, intermediate, advanced and expert, there are tricks for dogs at every skill level. Also, for each trick the prerequisites are listed, some troubleshooting questions and answers and a small section called 'Build On It' that explains how you can build on, or improve, the featured trick! This book is a wonderful addition to my training library! You'll love it!
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336 of 356 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on September 24, 2007
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I suggest buying 3 copies of this book... not 1...
First, because its a great coffee table book... hey, Chelcy (the author's dog) is a Weimeraner - - and both are very photogenic - - on top of it, the graphic design and lay-out of the book are not only sensitive and informative, but very visually appealing... You can feel the excitement and enthuisiasm

Second - - its a fantastic reference book... and the idea of thinking "tricks" instead of cut and dry obedience I think is great for both the trainer and the dog. Though most of the tricks do have elements of obedience to them, they are presented in a way that makes training your dog more fun and lightharded and you're not thinking, "good dog"/"bad dog"/"leash correction" - - In fact, I like the way the author not only has troubleshooting tips for each tricks, but will even give some ideas how difficult the trick is, what tricks need to be learned first, and how long it takes some dogs to learn. - - Also, all descriptions use simple, practical and effective language... The descriptions match up with the photos and the points are gotten across in a way that communicates the ideas to you and teaches you to teach them to your dog.

Finally... buy a third copy because... some dogs *cough* have tendencies to nibble on certain people's reading material, especially when allowed in the bed. (o.k. that's an obedience issue.)

As for the tricks, they range from basic sit/stay/rollover agility type tricks - - to classics like "bring me a beer"/"bring the newspaper" as well as a few parlor tricks/routines. The book also explains standard hand signals as well as commands.

Incidentally - - there I would like a refund for 2 of the tricks. One involves the human doing a handstand, the other a cartwheel... Trust me, if you're the "bring me my beer" trick type, you won't be doing those two...

All in all, this is one book that lives up to its own hype! Highly recommended!
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108 of 119 people found the following review helpful By D. Abbenante on March 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
All I can say is WOW!!! This book is very well done, the pictures are so clear and colorful. A great book for beginners or professional trainers.

Each trick is detailed with easy to follow instructions.

I have been a trainer for 30 years and have never found a book like this one!

I am just very impressed!

Kudos to Kyra Sundance and her performing dog, Chalcy!

Debbie Abbenante

Action Pets USA
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282 of 332 people found the following review helpful By Sheyna Steiner on May 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a great looking book, the pictures are lovely. Beyond that, I don't think it's a very good training book overall. The step by step instructions are often lacking clear details to teach the tricks and I find it depressing that the author advocates using physical corrections. For instance teaching shake, she recommends "bopping" the dog in the face if she sniffs your hand instead of pawing and to teach heel she recommends "popping" the collar if your dog strays out of line. They're just not necessary and even gentle corrections can destroy a softer dog's motivation so why include them? Presumably people getting this book want to have fun with their dogs.

There's also no mention of using a clicker in the steps, which I think would make it easier to teach some of the tricks...for instance using shaping if you have a dog who doesn't automatically mouth toys.

Though it is a pretty book, I don't recommend it as anything more than a picture book. It does have some good ideas but a better training book is "The Only Dog Tricks Book You'll Ever Need." I'm glad I bought both of them at the same time so I'm not stuck with this book by itself, though it seems fine with other books so I'm kind of neutral on it I guess.

Edited to add...the more I read this book the more I dislike it. Maybe I'm just stupid but I fail to see how pushing my dogs nose down teaches him to bow. Meanwhile shaping accomplished it in a week. Wish I had known the methods employed before buying this. Just a warning to anyone with similar concerns. Maybe I'm just crazy but I do wonder about the rave reviews here.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dawn on March 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a dog professional I have a large library of training books. This book has made it to the top of my list as one of the best! I have always encouraged owners to train tricks as a way to build the relationship they have with their dogs. This book has very easy to understand instructions as well as showing which tricks are easy or more advanced. The pictures show the enjoyment of both Kyra and Chalcy. I highly recommend this to all dog owners!!!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Candypantz on June 27, 2008
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This book has been great!! I am on my 2nd copy, as I gave the first one away to a friend who fell in love with it, and am planning on buying a 3rd copy to send to another friend.

This book is very easy to follow and a pleasure to page through. The photo's are fun, and make it a good pick for kids, who might not enjoy reading directions, as you can pretty much just follow the pictures. It includes hand signals and verbal cues, a lists of previous tricks to be mastered, and skill level. Whenever I run into a problem I go to the 'trouble shooting' section in the margin next to each trick, and it always has anticipated the snag and offers a helpful solution.

So far my chihuahua can sit, lay down, beg, shake hands, twirl, and roll over!! Not bad for a breed known for being yappy and being carted around like Cleopatra in handbags! I have had the book for about 5 months. We work all the tricks every night after her dinner. It's her 'school' and she loves it! I think she has become more confident since we started training. I know she feels very proud of herself when she does it right.

I highly recommend this book.
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