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Dog-Friendly Dog Training (Howell reference books) Paperback – November 26, 1999
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I don't think I could have survived the first night without Andrea's advice. My pillow was very useful in covering my ears to the wails of Max from the crate but sure enough, he stopped.
Everything from socialization (Pumba, my Bengal cat, is just enthralled with Max and took off with his dog bone last night while my other cat is still adjusting) to teaching tools to feeding is covered throughly in the book using simple language. Loved the sections in purple on every page!
The positive reward system for training has already taken hold and Max loves praise for peeing out on the grass!
We have just started to work on the barking lately. Can't wait until 4 lb Max grows a little so we can start the leash!
Like I said, this book has been so important in my house (chewed edges and all). Highly recommended for a novice mom like me!
By the way, I would appreciate any other tips for great dog books!
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.
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.
- Nicole Wilde, author Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears and So You Want to be a Dog Trainer (2nd edition)
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