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Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training the Crazy Dog from Over the Top to Under Control Paperback – January 5, 2013
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Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP has been working with dogs and horses since childhood, and she began training professionally in 1999. Laura was one of the earliest dog trainers to achieve national certification, scoring 98% on her written exam. She enjoys pursuing continuing education more than anyone should, and she has presented internationally on behavior. Laura is particularly fascinated by the science of altering behavior. Her instructional videos are popularly recommended and used in presentations on clicker training, and one has even made its way into a Harvard behavior class! In January 2008 Laura became a Certified Training Partner with the highly-regarded Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, and she returned to the Academy as an instructor, teaching certification workshops around the country. You can find Laura at www.CaninesInAction.com and at www.LauraVanArendonkBaugh.com.
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It took me the whole book to figure out I needed a floor mat, clicker, treats, etc... but there was NO point in the book that told me STEP BY STEP what to do at that point. It just left that out completely. I need it to be very clear and easy to follow. This book failed me completely.
I paid $5 for the kindle version and felt it was a total waste of money.
She quotes the book Control Unleased by Mcdevitt over and over-- maybe I should just try that one instead? That's where she gets all her techniques anyway...
I think all the good reviews must be from people who have researched extensively and this just reinforced what they already knew. For those of us that are just beginning this is NOT a good book!
After trying to get the hang of clicker training, I find that I am just not coordinated enough for it--I'm just too slow. Also, I have trouble juggling the clicker, the treat/rewards, and the leash with the dog all at the same time.
Might try at an another time but still enjoyed the book. The author's common sense approach made me wonder why I was complicating things so much. I was able to adapt most of the training suggestions to my normal training routine minus the clicker.
I found this book to be of mixed use. I really dislike the idea of the mat as a crutch, and feel like the same thing could be accomplished by teaching an auto sit/down and presenting stimuli with the dog choosing similar behaviors. Mostly, it is a visual cue but it is a very cumbersome one. Going on walks and such, you already have so much to carry (treats, clicker, leash, sometimes an umbrella, and in our case a water bottle to clean up messes outside of peoples yards. Japan)
The general concepts were very interesting and right on with what I have learned about cognitive processes in teaching. Giving the dog something to think about is a good way to handle a situation, teaching them to assess on their own is also a good thing to do. I just feel like other ways are more viable. I may be too much a fan of kikopup who does a similar training process without the crutch of a mat.
But for some people, I think this works well. It gives the person something to hold on to, and becomes just as much a security blanket for the owner as the dog. This can be a good thing since dogs pick up our emotional state. the more stressed we are, the more stressed they become. So I can see how this technique would be useful for some people and dogs, and not others. I would still recommend this book because of that. The book isn't bad, nor is it badly written--very clear, straightforward and easy to follow. It just isn't in sink with my style. And as I have said in another thread, the method of training should mesh with the trainer. If it doesn't, there is a huge disconnect between the trainer and the learner.
My greatest problem was not with the book itself, but with a peculiar religious pamphlet bound into the volume between pages 76 and 77, titled "Confronting familiar spirits" by Frank Hammond. This is a psychotic drivel on fighting demons which manifest themselves as imaginary playmates of young children...etc. I assume it has been inserted by the publisher. I wish the author and Amazon complained about this practice. The inclusion of this piece is not in the book description, in the table of contents, in Amazon information.
This book breaks it down for you in simple easy to do ways. Anyone that wants to put in the effort should be able to do this. I just started doing some of it today so if my opinion changes after going through the whole book I'll let you know. But so far I'm really enjoying it.
Also I should mention my dog has passed all his obedience classes with flying colors, doesn't mean he always behaves. This should help for those moments when he reacts without thinking