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Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog Paperback – Black & White, 2007
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Learn how to turn stress to confidence and distraction to focus using methods that are 110% positive. Leslie McDevitt's versatile Control Unleashed program is designed to help "dogs with issues" learn how to relax, focus, and work off-leash reliably in either stimulating or stressful situations. Whether you're training a challenging dog on your own, an instructor trying to figure out how to help dogs in your classes, or an instructor who wants to design a special program just for stressed out dogs, this book is for you. Who needs Control Unleashed? Dogs that are uncomfortable or unable to work off lead around other dogs Dog that are easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating Dogs that are reactive or easily aroused Dogs that are anxious or stressed and shut down Dog that are unable to control their impulses when excited This training program can change your dog's life!
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I appreciate the case studies in the book also, My one complaint (and the reason I didn't give 5 stars) is that the specific training techniques are lumped in with the rest of the text. It would have been helpful for those to have been called out in some way to make them easier to find for quick reference. As it is, you have to comb through the rest of the text to find them.
Even so, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for positive reinforcement training methods that create a better bond between owner/handler and dog!
Using the Control Unleashed exercises, I helped my male Norwegian Elkhound turn around from a worried, anxious, growly boy at dog shows to a quiet focused tail wagging dog...... he isnt aggressive but reactive. I felt I had to keep making excuses for his behavior. When he was 9 mo. another dog lunged at him, and thereafter he felt threatened by other male elkhounds and if growled at or even stared at he would moan or growl.
I used the Look at That clicker game for his reactivity to other male dogs .
After 3 years of trying to help him, this spring I bought this book and worked with him. In his last 5 shows, he was totally focused on me and the bait. He has had some wonderful wins, but it is surely much more fun showing a dog that likes to show and isn't worried about the dogs around him.
I am working now on his reactivity to seeing our barn cat, he becomes very excited and barking and wants to chase her.
I can't say enough about this book helping me. And don't think it's only for show or performance dogs... any dog that has a reactive nature needs to learn self control.
Its certainly worth the money!