- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Quarry Books; 2nd Edition edition (April 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592533256
- ISBN-13: 978-1592533251
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,103 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog Paperback – April 1, 2007
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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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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!
- step by step instructions
- visual cue pictures
- some useful tips
Don't like - too many steps are missing! The leap from taking a basic step toward the end trick is fairly significant in some cases. I also purchased a book on scent-oriented games, which detailed some of the same activities (ie find the keys) in much greater detail -- and, in my mind, more effectively.
I think this book might be a starting point if you have a highly motivated and intelligent dog (poodle, lab, etc.), but the tricks explained are not great for me and my hound.
This book works its way from the aforementioned basics through more advanced an specialized tricks. The tricks at the very end of the book are mostly only useful for show dogs, but I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking for basic commands.
Keep in mind that this book is about tricks, and will not help with behavior. Training a dog to sit on command will not make them stop chewing on your shoes. A well trained dog is not the same as a well behaved dog!
As for TRICKS and fun training, this book should go on a bit further to list by order of EASE.. so I am not looking all over the book for "roll over" and things like that, How difficult would it have been if they be classified from easy to advanced?? Order would make sense to me, and this book did not do it ! Additionally, I did take this book in to have the binding cut and spiral bound so it lays flat when I want to use it, The book was bound cheaply and came apart quickly. I think it best to go to the public library and make copies of the tricks you plan to work with, and save yourself the money.