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The Midnight Dog Walkers: Positive Training and Practical Advice for Living With Reactive and Aggressive Dogs by [Annie Phenix]

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If you have a reactive or aggressive dog, and you find yourself walking him in the middle of the night or at the break of dawn to avoid meeting other people and dogs, you are already a member of this exclusive club to which nobody wants to belong. In The Midnight Dog Walkers, professional force-free trainer Annie Phenix addresses the often-taboo topics of reactivity and aggression in canines, speaking to owners honestly and candidly from the vantage point of her own experiences, successes, and even heartbreaks. Using reward-centered, scientifically based techniques with a focus on the all-important human–canine bond, Phenix introduces owners to training methods to help their dogs recover from fear, anxiety, and aggression in collaboration with a professional trainer or behaviorist.

Inside The Midnight Dog Walkers:

  • The stories of real Midnight Dog Walkers, detailing the extreme measures they take to manage their dogs' behavior around others·       
  • The author's experiences with her own aggressive and fearful dogs·        
  • The importance of good breeding and proper socialization in forming a dog's adult personality and temperament·        
  • Why punishment-based training worsens a dog's behavior and destroys the human–canine bond·        
  • The history of positive reinforcement and the qualities of a good dog trainer·        
  • Creating open communication and cooperation between owners, trainers, and veterinarians·        
  • Phenix's training program and plans for managing and rehabilitating a reactive or aggressive dog
--This text refers to the paperback edition.


Praise for The Midnight Dog Walkers

“Annie Phenix is an engaging writer whose compassion for dogs and the people who choose to help them shines through in this book. She makes a compelling case for the elimination of the use of force, fear, and pain in training for not only these vulnerable fearful and reactive dogs, but for all dogs. She provides an honest perspective on what it’s like to be a card-carrying member of the Midnight Dog Walkers’ Club and what others should know when they seek training help for their dogs. Lucky ones may even end up with Annie.”
—Debbie Jacobs, CPDT-KA, CAP2

“I’m thrilled to be reading an early copy of Annie Phenix's book on reactive dogs, where almost immediately I found this amazing (and so very true) quote: ‘ order to change another species' behavior, we must first change our own.’”
—Sarah Kalnajs

"The Midnight Dog Walkers is not just another book about dogs. The title grabbed my attention … being a dog trainer, I instantly realized what she meant. This book reaches out to those dog owners who have to live with dogs who express themselves through aggressive behavior, but it does so in a unique and so very touching way, with compassionate, practical, and sound advice on how to deal with such behavior. Annie [also] goes beyond this in reaching to all dog owners … in helping them understand what others are going through and how all of us can help each other and, ultimately, our beloved dogs.”
—Claudia Estanislau, DTBC, CASI

"A very enjoyable read. Ms. Phenix is an excellent storyteller as well as someone who has been there herself and can empathize with her readers. With solid, easy-to-follow training advice, backed by expert veterinary behaviorists and fellow trainers who specialize in working with reactive dogs, Ms. Phenix will give you hope and practical training tools—and even some smiles along the way."

—Leslie McDevitt MLA CPDT-KA, CDBC
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • File size : 17849 KB
  • Publication date : March 29, 2016
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print length : 224 pages
  • Publisher : CompanionHouse Books (March 29, 2016)
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 124 ratings

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3.0 out of 5 stars Read the beautiful explanations, ignore the training advice
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the stories about author's own dogs and problems they ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 5, 2017
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Lady Justine
5.0 out of 5 stars Sympathetic, highly readable and very enjoyable as well as useful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for reactive dog owners
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 1, 2018
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