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ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-DOG Household by [Shojai, Amy]
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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: 863 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: FurryMuse Publications (September 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095ZJ2HS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,287 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By T. Chandler on March 29, 2013
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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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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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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Don't let the title fool you - this book would be good for someone with just one dog as well, as it gives a lot of good information on why dogs do what they do, what can cause a lot of the common behavior problems, and how to help dogs and people get along too. It was recommended to me for helping a dog become less afraid of strangers, and there are tips I will be using to help out a friend's dog. This is a good reference that sees dogs as the complex creatures they really are in accordance with more up to date research, instead of oversimplifying them into a range of "dominant" and "submissive" behaviors. There is also an overview of the modern training styles, and the differences between various types of reward and punishment, and when they are best applied. Most of the methods involve a combination of positive reinforcement and what is known as "negative punishment", while avoiding accidental reinforcement of unwanted behaviors.
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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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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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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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