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Dog-Friendly Dog Training Hardcover – July 1, 2007
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Praise for the 1st Edition of Dog-Friendly Dog Training
"I'm a dog fanatic, read everything I can find on dog behavior, and this book is terrific . . . the methods are clearly spelled out—how to do them, why they work, how they make the doggie-human bond a more loving one."
—Amy Tan author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, and Saving Fish from Drowning
"... [Arden's] approach is humane, user-friendly, dog-friendly, and guaranteed to produce the desired results. A must-read for owners."
—Dr. Nicholas Dodman author of The Dog Who Loved Too Much and Dogs Behaving Badly
The classic dog training guide, now updated and revised
This update of the perennially popular guide provides everything you need to know to develop a healthy relationship with a well-behaved dog. With easy-to-understand instructions and helpful illustrations, Dog-Friendly Dog Training, 2nd Edition begins with the necessary tools for teaching your dog, and then covers housetraining, socialization, basic manners, and problem solving, all using proven, positive methods. Key updates include information about:
- Instilling impulse control
Training a dog who is safe to handle
Teaching the Roll Over exercise safely and humanely
About the Author
ANDREA ARDEN is best known as the trainer and field host for The Pet Department, Fox's Emmy Award–winning show. She is a pet expert for many shows, including the Today show, and has authored Train Your Dog the Lazy Way and On the Road with Your Pet. Andrea has been the behavior columnist for Dog Fancy, The New York Dog, and Hollywood Dog magazines and a contributing writer for Modern Dog. She is the Director of Andrea Arden Dog Training and a charter member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
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The book teaches alternatives to the physical prompting that was so popular in the 70s and 80s. The two main alternatives are Reward training and Lure/Reward training. Basically, you are doing Reward Training if you just wait for the dog to do what you want him to do and then give him a treat and praise for doing it. Lure/Reward training goes a little bit faster and may be the best way to teach positions like sit, stand, and (lie) down. You hold a lure like a treat or piece of kibble in your hand, and depending on how you move it, the dog's position changes. The book also gives guidelines on physical prompting, though the guidelines are very gentle and tend to be combined with rewards and lure/reward training.
The best news is that you can start any of this training no matter how old your dog is. While a lot of behaviors and habits are learned in the puppy stages, an old dog actually can learn new tricks when properly motivated with rewards like treats, praise, attention, and toys.
This book teaches you how to train a dog using rewards instead of punishment. It works remarkably well. I was able to teach my dog all the basic commands ('sit', 'down', 'stay', etc.) in just a couple of weeks. I also taught him to fetch a ball which was fun for both of us. When I first got him and tried it he would not even look at the ball when I threw it so I thought it would never work. But it only took a few weeks before he was fetching like a pro - giving a great indoor workout for this senior dog.
The book is comprehensive but brief and includes nice illustrations that make the training easier. It is also written in a simple style that should appeal to children, too.
My only complaint about the book is the reward style of teaching is most effective using food treats and rewards. My dog has digestive problems and so this method is limited. Still, all in all, this is a great book and I can highly recommend it - especially to new dog owners or those who are still "punishing" their pets.