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Training the Best Dog Ever: A 5-Week Program Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement Paperback – September 25, 2012
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In Five Weeks Teach Your Dog to:
- Succeed at Potty Training
- Bond with the Family
- Enjoy the Crate
- Stop Pulling on His Leash
- Be Relaxed About Food
- Accept Bathing and Grooming
- Respond to Essential Verbal Cues and Hand Signals
- Be Friendly with Strangers
Down: Luring Your Dog into a Down Position.
Part of Week Two: Training in Everyday Life
If you ever need to control your dog in an urgent safety situation, such as avoiding an aggressive dog or a distraction that makes her either fearful or overly excited, you will be grateful that the down cue is part of her repertoire.
Your dog is ready to learn down when she can sit fairly reliably. The cue takes advantage of her natural tendency to move her body to follow a lure, so it is an appropriate cue to learn after sit.
- START AT SIT. With your dog in the sit position, hold a lure in your fingertips with your palm turned down.
- LURE DOWN. Slide the lure toward your dog’s chest. Just before you touch her chest, lure straight down to the floor, staying close to her body.
- PRAISE, THEN TREAT LAST. If she drops straight down, mark it (say “good”), praise her, touch her collar, and reward her with the treat.
Start at sit.
Praise, then treat last.
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This book changed her behavior in a complete 180. Whereas she still isn't perfect, it has helped teach her manners, work on recall, and simpler things such as not jumping on people or guests, door and food manners, and bite inhibition. Bite inhibition was HUGE success!! It wasn't that she was aggressive but that she thought it was ok to regularly use teeth during play. But now she's much more calm and gentle and does not use teeth. I can also poke around her mouth without fear of being hurt. We still have a looking way to go but this is a huuuge start.
This book lays out the program simply and in great detail to help anyone understand what to do and how to problem solve for their own pups needs. It helped me train my pound puppy and I'll keep it for all pups to come :)
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My relationship with my dogs (13 week old puppy and 5 year old) is more connected, happier and meaningful than before, and the dogs are far more obedient than I could ever imagine.
One of the major “wins” for us is having our little rescued Mexican street puppy going in her crate on cue. She is sometimes hostile, chasimg the cat, scarfing down anything in site including important papers, and biting our ankles.
After a few days of training using the advice in the book, if I say “crate” and point to the crate, she runs in there and waits patiently for her treat for being a good obedient girl :) it’s a perfect way to counteract her bad behaviour and praise her for listening to cues.
Now, if she sees me with a treat (even a carrot), she runs in her crate, whether it’s for her or not!
There are some great tips that are applicable to owners who are willing to put in the time to enhance the relationship between their puppy or dog and build a lasting bond that benefits more than just trainer and pet.
Note: if you are thinking of alternative training devices like prong/shock collars, please give this book/manual a chance.
The book is very well laid out, with step by step explanations of every new tasks, complete with pictures to show you the positions you and your dog are aiming for. The training logs are going to be a great tool to keep track of what we are doing well with, and what to ask the trainer for extra help on when we get to formal classes.
Can't wait to try out the steps on my puppy! Won't be for a few months still, but I'd rather over-prepare than get caught short....
Great for all ages. Perfect source for the “RIGHT WAY”