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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dogwise Publishing (June 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929242441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929242443
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pigs is smart, well organized, has terrific exercises and catchy sound bites galore - verrrrry important in my opinion. --Jean Donaldson - Director, San Francisco SPCA and author of Culture Clash, Fight!, and Mine!

For those who believe that Bull Terriers are uncontrollable, strong-willed clowns, Jane Killion's When Pigs Fly will open your eyes. Highly readable! Read. Enjoy. Benefit. --Hon. David C. Merriam, Vice Chairman, American Kennel Club

A fresh, exciting, and thought-provoking way to look at your dog with new eyes and understanding. While there is some basic training in the book, seasoned trainers should take this book seriously. If you have tried other training books and been unsuccessful in seeing progress with your supposedly difficult dog, When Pigs Fly is the book for you. --Pam Dennison, Author of The Bringing Light to Shadow

About the Author

Author Jane Killion lives in New Jersey with a houseful of Bull Terriers and a very wise cat. She breeds and shows Bull Terriers, has successfully competed with five different Bull Terriers and a Cattle Dog in agility and obedience. She has contributed several dog training articles to various publications and magazines. Her house is the frequent site of Bullypalooza days, which involve lots of people getting together with their dogs to train all day and then staying into the evening for dinner and lively discussions about dogs and dog training.

More About the Author

Author Jane Killion lives with a house full of Bull Terriers and a very wise cat. She breeds and shows Bullies and has put 21 titles on her dogs in Breed, Obedience, Agility, and Rally. She is a frequent contributor to dog publications and first-time book author. She hosts an annual gathering of Bull Terriers and owners called "Bullypalooza" at her home in Blairstown, New Jersey.

Customer Reviews

A must read for anyone who is a dog owner.
singsong
I have a pigs fly dog- and most of my training successes have been because of suggestions in this book!
Lori
These dogs are really hard to train and this book helps and has tricks and things that really work.
Breezey

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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Blulupas on September 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
As the owner, partner and guardian of a 'difficult' breed I was enthralled as I read the great advice in this book. For those of us who are training-idea-challenged when working with one of the so called 'hard to train' breeds this book is jam packed with superb tips and explanations, many of which positive reinforcement / clicker trainers will recognize. I particularly liked the section on using breed tendencies to create the behaviours you want rather than always trying to suppress them or replace them with something less comfortable and natural for the dog. The step by step photos are excellent no, ... exceptional and the Piggy Pointers throughout sparkling gems some of which gave me 'duh, of course' moments. Loved it, would recommend it to other 'impossible dog' owners (pun intended).
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A reader on February 29, 2008
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I've read about a thousand training books, some really good, but none good enough to inspire me to write a review. Until this one. I'm raising my first Pigs Fly dog, and even though I'd read a lot about positive training techniques and nothing in this book is really new to me, the focus on this KIND of dog is so helpful. Over and over again Killion would write "I bet your dog does this," or "I bet you've had a hard time training that," and I would think "Yes! That's totally my dog! Someone understands!" Killion leaves out the stuff that doesn't work on these dogs (any approach that relies on their desire to please you, since that's not a huge motivation for them), which helps to avoid the frustration of trying that stuff and failing. She really emphasizes how to figure out what does motivate them (and why) and work with that. The result is effective, but more than that, it's an attitude readjustment. Instead of having a dog who "just doesn't get it," I now have a dog who works differently from my previous ones, and the tools to figure out how he works, and the ability to appreciate his creativity and sense of humor and independence so much more fully now that I'm not fighting them all the time. This book brought a whole new level of harmony and enthusiasm to my relationship with my crazy new coonhound-mix puppy, and we can't thank Jane Killion enough for that.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Tami M. Hawes on August 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Not sure if your dog might be an independent thinker? Then you may not have a dog from the terrier or hound group. :-) This would include a mixed breed dog with one or more of these in the mix.

Jane nicely brings in teachings from Jean Donaldson, Pamela Dennison, Karen Pryor and Morgan Spector, into a format that is easy to understand and implement with your 'pigs fly' dog(s). Jane explains why you want to start out with shaping rather than just lure your dog into a behavior. How to get your 'pigs fly' to do work with you rather than do their own thing.

Learn how to get those basic behaviors that may have made your 'pigs fly' dog a failure in class and help you both shine in the next dog class you both take.

Thought that agility looked like fun but you were afraid to trust your dog offleash?

Your dog is walking you rather than the other way around?

Get this book and have fun training your 'pigs fly' dog.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C. Wilson on May 3, 2009
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First, I have to take issue with snarky reviewers complaining "same old clicker stuff". I have literally dozens of training and behavior books and yes, some cover clicker training but NONE of them address the detailed specifics of how to get my type of dogs to respond and KEEP their attention . Breaking down each step in pictures and detailed explanation eliminated the knowledge gaps from other books.

Even though I bought and studied those other books, eventually I just plain gave up. My dogs weren't motivated by food, praise, or toys and greyhounds care even less than your average cat about what you want. I figured I was lucky they had natural manners and were very easy to walk.

Then we added our first rescue bull terrier. Walking her was like trying to play soccer with a bowling ball so I cracked open the books only to once again be frustrated and unsuccessful. We simply stopped walking her with any of the other dogs, but when we added two more rescues, a bully-pit mix pup and later a pit bull, solo walks were just no longer possible. But we HAD to walk them, so when I saw this book with a picture of what could be my own LucyLiu soaring across the cover, I was elated.

Turns out there was nothing wrong with the other books except that they were written for collies, shepherds, retrievers...dogs bred to look to people all day, every day, just dying to be told what to do next and thrilled to repeat things endlessly. "Pigs Fly" dogs have been bred to think and act independently, as anyone who has one knows very well. No wonder we were so frustrated!

Now I can walk all four (over 250lbs of muscle) at once! This book broke everything down very thoroughly and explained the "why" and "when" of each step.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By LEB on October 5, 2007
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Other reviewers have pretty much said it all-- there's a good and very approachable intro to clicker training in this book, and I loved the emphasis on fun games to play with your dog and teaching your dog to like playing with you. (That's been a key insight with my whippet.) What I especially liked was the contagious enthusiasm which the author obviously has for her "Pigs Fly" dogs. It's a book that makes you feel happy about having one, instead of mildly insane like the rest of the world might think. ;-)
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