Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1. Good Relationships Are Built on Good Training 1

Good Relationships Are Built on Realistic Expectations • Choosing a Training Method • The Advantages of Using Food to Train Your Dog • Other Rewards • The Disadvantages of Using Force to Train Your Dog • The Role of Force in Positive Training • The Magic of Training the Positive Way

2. Housebreaking the Positive Way 15

Punishment • Reward • Confinement and Using a Crate • Confinement When You Work All Day • Giving Your Dog More Freedom • Scheduling • Feeding • Cleaning Up • Asking to Go Out • Realistic Expectations • Submissive Urination • Marking • Health Problems • Troubleshooting Checklist

3. Getting Off to a Good Start 35

Choosing a Dog • Characteristics of a Good Breeder • Puppy Temperament Tests • Starting Training • Teaching Commands: Sit, Stay, Okay, and No • Handling Puppy Behavior Problems the Positive Way • Building Confidence • Starting Off-Leash Training

4. Understanding Your Dog's Personality 63

Behaviors Related to Breed • Assertive and Passive Dogs • Aggressive or Passive Defense Reactions • Independent or Dependent • Energy Level and Reactivity Intelligence and Trainability • "Reading" Your Dog • The Issue of Dominance viii Contents

5. Basic Training the Positive Way 77

Treats • Collars • Leashes • Basic Training Skills • Training Plans Week by Week • The Test • Training Never Ends

6. Coming When Called and the Off-Leash Dog 117

Realistic Expectations • The Foundation • Unintentional Punishment: Training Your Dog Not to Come • The Long Line: A Life Saver • When to Use the Long Line • How to Use the Long Line • The Off-Leash Dog

• Keeping Up Your Come Training

7. Exercise: The Magic Problem Solver 133

How Much? • Walking Your Dog: Good for Both of You • Finding a Place to Exercise Off Leash • Dog Play Groups • Jogging with Your Dog • Other Alternatives • The Benefits of Exercise

8. Common Behavior Problems 147

Jumping Up • Attention-Getting Behaviors • Stealing • Destructive Chewing and Separation Anxiety • Excessive Barking • Shyness

9. Aggression 163

Dog Personality Types and Aggression • Does Your Dog Have an Aggression Problem? • Fear Aggression • Territorial Aggression • When Fear Aggression and Territorial Aggression Combine • Dominance Aggression • Dogs Aggressive with Strange Dogs • Normal Aggressive Response to Rude Dogs • Dogs Who Are Aggressive with Other Dogs in the Household • Finding Help • Conclusion

10. Great Adventures with Your Dog 179

Obedience Classes • Joining a Dog Club • Showing Your Dog • Showing in Obedience • Showing in Breed • Matches • Canine Good Citizen Test • Rally and Rally-O • Agility • Therapy Dogs • Special Activities for Special Breeds • Fun and Fitness with Your Dog • To Breed or Not to Breed • Conclusion

11. Lessons to Learn from Our Dogs 201

Building a Good Relationship • The Power of Positive Reinforcement • The Importance of Nonverbal Communication • Dogs Are Our Mirrors

Index 209

Dog Owners Handbook

Dog Owners Handbook

There are over a hundred registered breeds of dogs. Recognizing the type of the dog is basically associated with its breed. A purebred animal belongs to a documented and acknowledged group of unmixed lineage. Before a breed of dog is recognized, it must be proven that mating two adult dogs of the sametype would have passed on their exact characteristics, both appearance and behavior, to their offspring.

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