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ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-DOG Household [Kindle Edition]

Amy Shojai
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dog behavior challenges the most knowledgeable dog lovers, and dog behavior problems lose pets their homes. Dog behavioral problems ariseout of owners not understanding dog language and normal animal behavior.Dog training helps stop dog barking, for instance, but this book explains why dogs bark and how to understand dog behavior and manage puppies and dogs whether you have a single canine, a puppy or multiple dogs. Step by step tips from this award-winning author and certified animal behavior consultant uses dog psychology to address:
  • Dog bites, dog aggression, and dog fights
  • Scared dogs, noise phobias, dog fireworks fears, and canine thunder phobias
  • Canine separation anxiety, dog separation behaviors, and dog destructive behaviors
  • Dog resource guarding of toys, food and owners
  • Manage dog food issues and feeding dogs
  • Puppy house training and dog marking behaviors
  • Positive dog training, clicker training, lure training, and obedience training
  • Proper dog introductions
  • Introduce dogs to new dogs
  • Introduce dogs to baby or kids
  • Introduce dogs to cats
  • Reduce bullying behavior
  • How to choose pet friends to reduce growls
This book also offers fun how-to advice to solve common pet peeves:
  1. barking
  2. puppy chewing
  3. dog digging
  4. puppies eating poop
  5. dogs rolling in poop
  6. dogs jumping up, and more!
Categories include: dog behavior problems, dog training, dog behavior and training, dog behavior modification, dog behavior understanding dog body language, dog behaviorist, dog behavior textbooks

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Hey there! Thanks so much for joining me here at Author Central and browsing my various books. I'm an equal opportunity pet lover--currently living with Magical-Dawg, Seren-Kitty and Karma-Kat, you'll see them in my author photo. Nothing gets out of my office without their paw-print of approval.

As a certified animal behavior consultant, some of the most common canine complaints have to do with multi-dog households. Most dogs get along great! But when you have a snarly-growly issue that's dangerous, or simply an aggravating behavior (jumping up?) that knocks you for a loop--literally--you'll need help. Not everyone has access to a behaviorist or--let's be honest here--can afford to enlist the aid of a professional trainer or behaviorist to help. So I've written this series of ComPETability books to offer basic how-to step-by-step advice to help you take control back in your own home.

And yes, there's also a ComPETability: CATS to CATS and ComPETability: CATS & DOGS books available to help those multi-pet households as well.

From the Back Cover

Fun, practical, and eminently informative, ComPETability helps you devise strategies that enable multiple dogs to live in harmony within the same household. Written by one of America's premier pet experts, the book explains everything the loving dog owner needs to know. Most important, CompPETability provides crucial tips on how to evaluate and match your pets' personalities, improve their relationships, and make your home a sanctuary for canine fun and peace.

The United States is home to 78.2 million owned dogs, and 28 percent of owners own more than one dog while 12 percent own three or more. That means more furry love for owners, but also can create a howling mess over that (GRRRR!) new canine friend. From conflicts over resource guarding favorite toys and chew bones to dog jealous behavior when sharing time with a favorite human, adding new pets rubs fur the wrong way and creates hairy situations for everyone--including you.

This new guide gives owners the ability to understand dogs behavior including aggressive dog behavior, dog language, positive dog obedience training techniques, how to stop dog biting and prevent dog behavioral problems. You'll find detailed prescriptive how-to advice focused in the most common problems found in the multi-dog household. Use these animal behaviorists fun techniques to learn about normal canine behavior, dog behavior modification techniques, and expert dog trainer tips to solve common dog problems and strengthen the human animal bond you share with your dogs.

For more pet behavior advice refer to: ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your CAT-DOG Household as well as ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-CAT Household

Product Details

  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Publisher: FurryMuse Publications (September 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095ZJ2HS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
If I had, I would have made a few different choices from the beginning. She has compiled a ton of helpful information here. We are using these methods and suggestions to have a happier, more peaceful and well-integrated pack. Now we are able to recognize and head off problems as they develop. It has been especially valuable to learn to recognize that these three dogs have very different personalities and what works well for one of them doesn't work at all for another.

We changed one simple thing in how we were dealing with the new dog's behavior and it worked!

There is a lot to this book and sometimes it felt like SO MUCH information because she is addressing so many possibilities. Never fear, the answer to your issue is in there and so is the understanding about what causes many issues to begin with. Amy Shojai's book, ComPETability, showed us how to recognize the cues our dogs were giving us and how our reactions were sometimes making things worse, not better.

The key is understanding and that is what this book helps you do.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The book title says it's for a Multi-Dog household but, it has good training advise that can be used for people with just one dog. I tried the technique for stopping multi-dog play when it gets too aggressive and it worked! My 8 year old dog sometimes barks and stops the play when it gets too aggressive with the two younger dogs. Maybe she already read the book! I received this book free for my opinion, but I would have bought it as a reference book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Understand, Outstanding Reference Guide June 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
As the pack leader of a newly blended 4 dog household, I've had my share of problems. A small beagle, two medium sized labs, and a large lab (all rescue dogs) makes for a chaotic mix. Reading Competability helped me to understand the problems we were having and how to prevent them in the future. Right off the bat, I was making changes in how I interacted with the dogs and they were displaying more desirable behaviors.

I've read a lot of books about dog behavior, but this author used great examples and broke things into easy to accomplish steps. Her writing style was clear and understandable. Though I received this free on Story Cartel, unlike some free books this is one I will refer to again and again and will recommend to friends with dogs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always wanted to know how to train a dog to speak June 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was excellent! It has great descriptions and instructions. It is also unique in how it is a book about how to deal with multiple pets in the same house. I've never read a book with multiple pets in mind. I was excited to read about how to train a dog to speak. I never knew how it was done and it is spelled out in this book along with other tricks. I don't have dogs anymore so I wasn't able to try it out. I'll use this book once I get pets again in my life. Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest unbiased review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great info even if you only have one dog! June 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
There's so much useful information packed in this book, I don't even know where to begin. I should state first off, I received this book free in exchange for an honest review, but I would have gladly paid for it. I have three big dogs, a 13. yr old female, a 3 yr. old female and a 7 month old male. Just one little tidbit from the book "A pup's testosterone level falls to adult levels by 18 months" has shed light on the behavior of the other dogs towards our puppy so we know how to react properly. We owe it to our dogs to try our best to understand them and this book is a great tool for doing just that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common sense and pet friendly June 9, 2013
As someone who works with rescued dogs I frequently look for help in trying to get an abused, neglected, sick or traumatized animal to fit into a household with other animals. This is a well-written and well-researched look at canine behavior and how to socialize, train and use the animal's own instincts to help you train and introduce new dogs. There was humor and wit enough to keep it interesting. I especially appreciated the suggestions and tips on natural products. I have managed a multiple dog home for many years. I learned some things to do better and some things that I should change. I highly recommend this book for anyone -- one dog or more.
I also read several sections out loud to my dogs, and they agree that it is well worth reading.
I purchased this as a Kindle edition.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource July 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Many dog books deal with adopting/buying dogs for your home and life. Few address multi-dog households. Amy does a very good job addressing the needs of current pet members as well as the change in dynamics when another pet comes into the house. Read this book before you ADOPT your next dog. I didn't see adoption addressed much which is the 4 stars - adoption should be the first option of people seeking to add pets to your family.
Another thing Amy does well is address the needs of the dog/pet itself. I've always believed in letting a dog be a dog first; Amy supports this and tells you what to look for in animal/dog behavior and body language. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF HER BOOK.
She cites multiple canonized sources (Dr. Ian Dunbar, Patricia McDonnell, Karen London, etc.) lending credence to her personal expertise.
I have tons of notes I took while reading this for my free book for Story Cartel - but I would have read and reviewed it had I needed to buy it - I have 20 plus rescue dogs in my house, give or take, and need all the multi-dog help I can get.
Thank you, Amy. I'll be looking at your other books as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish there was more about food agression
I ended up solving the problem myself. I guess this is a good book for people who never had a multi-dog household before - including me, but there is too much verbiage to wade... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Susan E. Avery
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Advice
This more or less reinforced what I already knew -- and that's FINE! We have 4 dogs of varying ages and sizes and it's good to know the best way to solve any problems that pop up!
Published 17 months ago by Carol the Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-DOG Household
ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-DOG Household
Great Job Amy!
Boy do I need dog help!
Thank you for making my dog a better person! lmc
Published 19 months ago by La McCoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical Advice for All Dog Owners
I received a free Ecopy of ComPETability to review through StoryCartel. I presently have three dogs, and found this book gave me new insight even though I am an experienced dog... Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. S. Squire
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
Amy Shojai hits yet another home run. With five indoor kitties and having added another dog, 6 months old Freckles, it is my go-to book for running interference with our fur... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
I really enjoyed this book. I have two dogs who get along most of the time but sometimes we have our problems. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars ComPETability
This book is a great resource guide no matter how many dogs you have. It is an easy read and provides step by step instruction for dealing with many common issues. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stacy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addition to Every Multi Dog Home
When I received my copy of ComPETability to review, I flipped through and was bummed - how long is this book? Then I started reading. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kimberly D. Gauthier
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be required reading for all dog owners!
This book should be required reading for all dog owners. Period. Understanding dog language and behavior is so important and doesn't come naturally to many. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stefanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This book really helped with our dogs & their barking. I will definitely recommend it to friends & family. Its a great read!
Published 20 months ago by Bowtieqt
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More About the Author

Amy Shojai is a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior, a certified animal behavior consultant, a spokesperson for the pet products industry, and the author of 30 nonfiction pet books. She also writes THRILLERS WITH BITE! which includes the dog-viewpoint thrillers LOST AND FOUND and HIDE AND SEEK.

Amy empowers pet lovers by providing the information they need to make informed decisions for their cats and dogs. She specializes in translating "medicalese" into easily understood jargon-free language, making it accessible to all pet lovers. Oh, and she loves bling-icity!

Amy addresses a wide range of fun-to-serious issues in her work, covering dog and cat training, behavior, natural and allopathic health care, nutrition, first aid, aging pets, "the bond" and cutting-edge medical topics. Her work has been honored with over three dozen writing awards and she is a two-time recipient of the "Friskies Writer of the Year" award. Her work appears in the Herald Democrat newspaper, on and and she's published several thousand articles and columns during her career. She presents a twice-monthly "Pet Talk" segment at KXII-CBS, and hosts the weekly "Pet Peeves" at and is an expert on Animal Planet DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Sometimes she has time to sleep.

Amy has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and in USA Weekend, The New York Times, Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Woman's World, and many other leading newspapers and magazines. She has also been a featured pet care expert on Animal Planet Dogs 101, Cats 101, Petsburgh USA/Disney Channel program, Good Day New York, Fox News: Pet News, NBC Today Show, WGN-Chicago "Pet Central" and "Animal Planet Radio" and many others.

She is an active member of the International Thriller Writers, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, founder and Past President of the Cat Writers' Association, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and Past President and Honorary Lifetime Member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. She frequently speaks to groups on a variety of pet-related and writing issues, lectures at veterinary and writer conferences, and conducts training and behavior demonstrations around the country.

She and her husband live with Seren-Kitty the Siamese wannabe, Magical-Dawg the German Shepherd, and other assorted critters at Rosemont, their thirteen-acre "spread" in north Texas. Find more information about her work at and follow her Bling, Bitches & Blood Blog at

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