Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 2

Conventions Used in This Book 2

What You're Not to Read 3

Foolish Assumptions 3

How This Book Is Organized 4

Part I: Training for You and Your Dog 4

Part II: Giving Your Dog's Training Its Best Shot 4

Part III: Training for Competition 4

Part IV: Beyond Training: Addressing Your Dog's Needs 4

Part V: The Part of Tens 5

Icons Used in This Book 5

Where to Go from Here 6

Part 1: Training for You and Your Dog 7

Chapter 1: Recognizing Why Dog Training Is Important 9

Identifying a Well-Trained Dog 10

Identifying the Basic Five Commands 11

The "Sit" command 11

The "Go Lie Down" command 11

The "Down" command 12

The "Come" command 12

The "Easy" command 12

Just Who Is Training Whom? 13

Understanding the YOU Factor 14

Knowing your expectations 14

Knowing your attitude 16

Figuring Out How Your Dog Thinks 17

"Reading" your dog 17

When you don't read your dog in time 18

Tackling distractions 19

Exploring Advanced Training for Fun and Competition 19

The Novice, Open, and Utility classes 20

The Canine Good Citizen Certificate 20

Agility, Rally Obedience, and more 20

More than Training: Understanding How Dogs Help People 20

Chapter 2: Setting the Stage for Training 21

Selecting a Training Model 22

Traditional training 24

Clicker training 27

Establishing Trust with Your Dog 29

Being consistent with commands and tone of voice 30

Outlasting your dog — be persistent 31

Knowing to avoid "no" 31

Repeating commands 32

Taking charge 32

Assuming Your Role as Pack Leader 34

Placing your dog in a Sit and Down 34

The Long Sit and Down exercise: A recipe for leadership 36

Chapter 3: Surviving the Puppy Period 39

Understanding Your Puppy's Socialization Needs 40

The weaning period: Weeks 3-7 40

Getting to know everyone: Weeks 7-12 42

Suddenly he's afraid: Weeks 8-12 43

Now he wants to leave home: Beyond 12 weeks 43

Managing the Terrible Twos 45

Surviving the juvenile flakies 45

Puppy discovers sex 46

When hormones kick in, it's not always about sex 47

Spaying or Neutering 48

Knowing when to spay or neuter 49

Disadvantages to spaying and neutering 49

Finally He Grows Up 50

Chapter 4: Housetraining 51

Using a Crate: A Playpen for Your Puppy 51

Finding the right crate 53

Coaxing Buddy into the crate 53

Helping Buddy get used to the crate 54

Identifying the Fundamentals of Housetraining Your Puppy 55

Set up an elimination schedule 55

Establish a regular toilet area 56

Keep your eyes open for signs 57

An accident is an accident is an accident 58

Be ready for regressions 59

What to do if you catch Buddy in the act 59

How to train an adult dog 59

What to do about an apartment dog 59

Using an Exercise Pen for Housetraining 60

Managing Marking Behavior 61

Traveling by Car with Buddy 63

Chapter 5: Understanding Your Dog's Mind 65

Recognizing Your Dog's Instinctive Behaviors 65

Prey drive 66

Pack drive 67

Defense drive 69

How the drives affect training 70

Determining Your Dog's Personality Profile 71

Deciding How You Want Buddy to Act 74

Bringing out drives 76

Switching drives 76

Applying drives to your training 78

Chapter 6: Equipping for Training Success 83

Choosing the Right Training Equipment 84

Pulling on leashes 84

Choosing among collars 85

Hedging toward head halters 91

Treats Are Your Training Buddies 93

Selecting the ideal treat 93

When treats don't work 94

Chapter 7: Mastering Basic Training 95

The First Step: Leash Training Your Dog 96

Teaching the Basics 96

Sitting 96

Staying 98

Playing the Sit-Stay game 100

Releasing: The magic word is "Okay" 101

Getting the dog down (but not out) 102

Go lie down, doggy! 103

Dashing Your Dog's Dashing Habits 104

Door and stair manners 104

The doorbell and guests 105

Setting the Tone for Proper Table Manners 107

Chapter 8: Canine Cruise Control: Walking, Coming When Called, and Leaving Stuff Alone 109

Walking Your Dog 110

Born to pull 110

Heeling on leash 111

Changing direction 114

Changing pace 115

Winning the Game of Coming When Called 116

Training Buddy to come when called 117

Adding distractions 118

Advancing to off-leash distractions 119

Mastering the "Leave It" Command 120

Part JJ: Giving Your Dog's Training Jts Best Shot 123

Chapter 9: Developing Training Savvy 125

Managing Your Dog's Environment 125

Starting on the right foot 126

Recognizing your dog's social needs 126

Identifying your dog's emotional needs 127

Feeding your dog's nutritional needs 128

Managing the Dog Within 129

Breed-specific behaviors 129

Temperament 131

Mental sensitivity 132

Responses to visual stimuli 132

Sound sensitivity 134

Touch sensitivity 134

Stressing the Stressful Effects of Stress 135

Understanding stress 135

Recognizing the symptoms of stress 137

Origins of stress — intrinsic and extrinsic 137

Relating stress to learning 138

Stress and distraction training 140

Managing Stress 140

Managing positive stress 141

Managing negative stress 141

Other remedies for managing stress 141

Chapter 10: Dealing with Doggie Don'ts 145

Figuring Out the Cause of Behavior Problems 146

Exercise 146

Good company 147

Good health 147

Good nutrition 148

Good training 148

Dealing with Your Dog's Objectionable Behavior 148

Tolerating your dog's behavior problems 149

Trying to solve your dog's behavior problems 150

Finding a new home for your dog 150

Taking a one-way trip to the pound 151

Digging the Scene 151

Barking Up Any Tree 152

Barking as a response 153

Barking for no apparent reason 153

Chewing — The Nonfood Variety 154

The physiological need to chew 154

The psychological need to chew 155

Coping with Separation Anxiety 155

The desensitizing approach 156

The D.A.P. approach 156

Soiling the House 157

Dribbling, or Submissive Wetting 158

Suffering from Carsickness 159

Chapter 11: Dealing with Aggression 161

What Is Aggressive Behavior? 161

Looking at the Causes of Aggression 163

Managing Your Dog's Aggression —

Prey, Pack, Fight, and Flight Drives 164

Aggression from dogs high in prey drive 165

Aggression from dogs high in fight drive 165

Aggression from dogs high in pack drive 169

Feeding and Aggression 171

Dealing with Fear-Biters — Dogs High in Flight Drive 171

Getting Attacked by Another Dog 172

Discovering the Truth about Electric Fences 173

Chapter 12: Preparing for Your Dog's Citizenship Test 175

Becoming a Canine Good Citizen 176

Exercise requirements of the Canine Good Citizen test 176

Getting ready to take the exam 181

Passing the Test 184

Do's and Don'ts of Taking the Test 184

Part HI: Training for Competition 187

Chapter 13: Getting Ready to Compete 189

Training for Competitive Dog Titles 189

Understanding the system 190

Requirements for Pre-Novice 191

Prelude to Exercise 1: Teaching the "Ready!" Command 192

Using Control Position 193

Focusing Buddy's attention on you 194

Introducing Buddy to the "Ready!" command 194

Getting Buddy to respond to "Ready!" 195

Rewarding Buddy's response 196

Reinforcing the "Ready!" command 196

Getting Buddy to ignore distractions 197

Heeling with Distractions 198

Heeling in new places 198

Heeling with a distracter 199

Responsibilities during heeling 199

The Novice Class: What's Expected from You and Buddy 200

Exercise 1's Heel On Leash: "Let's Dance, Buddy" 201

The halt 203

Changes of pace and turns 203

Exercise 1's Figure 8: "Buddy, Do the Twist" 205

Preparing Buddy for the Figure 8 206

Teaching Buddy the actual Figure 8 207

Doing the perfect Figure 8 207

The Rally Class 208

Your Dog Isn't an Elephant 209

Chapter 14: The Companion Dog Title 211

The Stand for Examination 211

Teaching Buddy the "Stand" command 212

Teaching Buddy to stand still: The hands-on method 213

Teaching Buddy to stand still: The hands-off method 213

Teaching Buddy the "Stand-Stay" command 214

Leaving Buddy in a Stand-Stay 214

Teaching Buddy the Return 215

Teaching Buddy the actual examination 215

Transitioning to Heeling Off Leash 216

Heeling Off Leash 218

The Recall 219

Stay 219

Come with distractions 220

Front 220

Finish 222

The Group Exercises 223

Introducing self-generated distractions 224

Increasing the level of difficulty 224

Oops: Playing the yo-yo game 225

Chapter 15: Retrieving 227

Taking the Steps to Successful Retrieving 227

Retrieving on command 229

Introducing the object of retrieve 229

Helping your dog retrieve 231

Learning to hold on 232

Learning to reach for the retrieve 234

Walking after retrieving 234

Teaching the pick-up 235

Chasing to retrieve 236

Testing your dog's patience 237

Retrieving with Distractions 238

Chapter 16: The Companion Dog Excellent Title 241

The Open Class: What's Expected from You and Buddy 241

The Heel Free and Figure 8 243

The Drop on Recall 243

Getting Buddy to obey Down on command 243

Getting Buddy to Down while he's walking 244

Getting Buddy to Down while you're still walking 245

Getting Buddy to Down while he's running 245

Getting Buddy to stop and drop when coming toward you: The on-leash method 246

Getting Buddy to stop and drop when coming toward you: The off-leash method 246

Getting Buddy to ignore distractions 247

The Retrieve on Flat 248

The Retrieve Over the High Jump 249

Target training 249

The sequences for teaching the Retrieve Over the High Jump ...251

The Broad Jump 255

Getting Buddy used to the jump 255

Getting Buddy to jump on command 256

Getting Buddy to make the turn 256

Getting Buddy to ignore distractions 257

Out-of-Sight Stays 257

Chapter 17: The Utility Dog Title 259

The Utility Class: What's Expected from You and Buddy 259

Not All Exercises Are Created Equal 260

The Signal Exercise 262

Giving the hand signal to heel 262

Getting Buddy to stand at heel on signal 262

Getting Buddy to drop from a Stand and Sit from a Down 264

Introducing distractions 267

Giving the "Come" and "Finish" signals 267

The Scent Discrimination 268

Getting Buddy to retrieve leather and metal articles 268

Getting Buddy to use his nose 269

Introducing Buddy to the articles 269

Teaching Buddy Scent Discrimination 270

Getting Buddy to discriminate between your scent and someone else's 270

Weaning Buddy off the board 271

Teaching Buddy the Turn and Send 272

The Directed Retrieve 272

Teaching a right turn in place 273

Teaching a right about-turn in place 273

Teaching a left turn in place 274

Teaching how to retrieve the gloves 274

The Moving Stand with Examination 276

The Directed Jumping 277

Teaching Buddy the "Go-Out" command 277

Teaching Buddy Directed Jumping 279

Putting it all together 280

Part JV: Beyond Training: Addressing

Your Dog's Needs 283

Chapter 18: Feeding Your Dog 285

Finding the Right Food for Your Dog 286

Reading labels and making choices 287

Giving meat to a carnivore 288

Keeping your dog's diet rich in protein 289

Identifying Food for Growth at Critical Times 290

Deciphering puppy food labels 291

Going easy on the carbohydrates 291

Knowing the value of fats — in moderation 291

What else is in this food? 293

What else isn't in this food? 294

Adding minerals 295

Quenching his thirst — keeping fresh water around 296

Digesting information 297

Enzymes and enzyme robbing 299

Feeding Buddy 299

Option 1: The easy way out 300

Option 2: Beefed-up commercial food 300

Option 3: Natural Diet Foundation formula 301

Option 4: Wendy Volhard's Natural Diet recipe 301

Chapter 19: Understanding Your Dog's Health 307

Here Comes That Needle Again (The Overvaccination Issue) 307

Boarding, Schooling, and Vaccinating 309

Uncovering the Rise in Doggy Hypothyroidism 311

The Bone Crusher: "Oh, My Aching Back" 312

Homeopathy: Medicine or Magic 313

Using More Needles: Acupuncture 314

Chapter 20: Seeking Expert Outside Help 317

Going to Class — Obedience and Training Schools 319

Choosing a good training class 320

Puppy training classes 321

Advanced training classes 322

Finding a Private Trainer 322

Heading to Boarding School 323

Enjoying The Great Dog Camp Adventure 323

Part V: The Part of Tens 325

Chapter 21: Ten (Okay, Eleven) Fun and Exciting Sporting Activities 327

Obedience Competitions 328

Agility Events 328

Tracking Titles 331

Field Trials and Hunting Tests 332

Earthdog Trials 332

Lure Coursing 333

Schutzhund Training 333

Flyball Competitions 334

Freestyle Performances 334

Skijoring 335

Important Jobs that are Fun for Dogs 335

Service dogs 336

Detection dogs 336

Assistance dogs 336

Companions 337

Chapter 22: Ten Basic Commands Every Dog Needs to Know 339

Sit — The Safety Command 339

Sit — The Convenience Command 339

Stay 340

Go Lie Down 340

Come 340

Easy 341

Give 341

Off 341

Leave It 342

No "No" Command 342

Chapter 23: Ten Reasons Why Dogs Do What They Do 343

Why Do Dogs Insist on Jumping on People? 343

Why Do Dogs Sniff Parts of Your Anatomy That You'd Prefer

They Didn't? 344

Why Do Male Dogs Lift Their Leg So Often? 344

Why Do Dogs Mount Each Other? 345

Why Do Dogs Like to Chase Things? 345

Why Do Dogs Roll in Disgusting Things? 346

Why Do Dogs Eat Weeds or Grass? 346

Why Do Dogs Eat Disgusting Things? 347

Why Do Some Dogs Scoot on Their Rear Ends? 347

Why Do Dogs Show Nesting Behavior? 347

Chapter 24: Ten (or So) Tricks for Fun and Gains 349

The Trick to Successful Tricks 349

High Five 350

The Other One 352

Roll Over 352

Play Dead 354

Find Mine 355

Jumping through Arms or Hoop 357

Don't Cross This Line 358

You Have Food on Your Nose 360

Take a Bow 361

Index 363

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