Dog Training for Dummies

Author(s): Jack Volhard; Wendy Volhard


A well-trained dog is the result of education - actually, more yours than your dog's. You need to know what makes a dog a dog: how he thinks, reacts, grows, and expresses himself; what his needs are; and most important, why he does what he does. When you understand your dog, you will achieve a mutually rewarding relationship. Dogs aren't homogeneous. Each one is unique, and in their differences lie the challenge.

Dog Training For Dummies can help anyone who has just brought home a puppy or is thinking of getting one. Even if you have experience with dog training, you'll find useful information for a wide variety of dog breeds and personalities. This book is also for you if

  • You want your dog to be well behaved - for his sake as well as yours.

  • You have little or no knowledge of proper dog training techniques

  • You have done some reading on the subject, but have had limited success with your dog.

  • Your dog is partially trained but needs to learn a few more things

Find out what it takes to have a well-behaved pooch by recognizing your dog's instinctive behaviors and determining its personality profile. Understand what your expectations are and know how your attitude affects your dog's training. This handy reference guide also covers the following and more:

  • Dealing with barking and chewing

  • Coping with separation anxiety

  • Housetraining a puppy

  • Walking and heeling

  • Retrieving on command

  • Training for competitive dog titles

  • Teaching your dog to be a Companion Dog

  • Dealing with aggression

  • Understanding your dog's health

  • Going to obedience school

The important thing about dog training is to get started today. The sooner you train your dog to behave the way you want him to, the sooner the two of you can live in peace together, and the more problems you can prevent down the road. So get going! Your dog will thank you for it.



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Jack and Wendy Volhard are internationally recognized for their contributions to dog training, health, and nutrition. At the heart of their teaching is the "Motivational Method," a unique approach to training that is aimed at people who value dogs first and foremost as pets and companions.


Introduction. Part I: Setting the Stage for Successful Training. Chapter 1: Dog Training: The Key to Your Dog's Safety and Your Sanity. Chapter 2: Canine Psychology 101: Getting to Know Your Dog. Chapter 3: Developing Training Savvy. Chapter 4: Understanding the Vital Role Nutrition and Health Play in Training. Chapter 5: Gearing Up for Training Success. Part II: Performing Puppy Preliminaries. Chapter 6: Surviving Your Puppy's Growth Periods. Chapter 7: Starting Puppy on the Right Paw. Chapter 8: Honing In on Housetraining. Part III: Tackling Training Basics. Chapter 9: Mastering Some Fundamentals: Sit, Down, Stay, and Leave It. Chapter 10: Canine Cruise Control: Walking on Leash and Coming When Called. Chapter 11: Dealing with Common Doggie Don'ts. Part IV: Taking Training to the Next Level. Chapter 12: Participating in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Programs. Chapter 13: Training for Fun and Competition. Chapter 14: Completing the Companion Dog Title. Chapter 15: Retrieving. Part V: Dealing with Special Situations. Chapter 16: Addressing Aggression. Chapter 17: Helping Your Hound Handle Special Situations. Chapter 18: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Keeping Your Senior Young. Chapter 19: Supplementing Your Training Efforts with Expert Help. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 20: Ten Training Traps and How to Avoid Them. Chapter 21: Ten Fun and Exciting Sporting Activities. Chapter 22: Ten Reasons Dogs Do What They Do. Chapter 23: Ten Tricks for Fun and Games. Index.


General Fields

  • : 9780470600290
  • : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
  • : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
  • : 0.001
  • : July 2010
  • : 231mm X 182mm X 22mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jack Volhard; Wendy Volhard
  • : Paperback
  • : 3rd Revised edition
  • : English
  • : 636.7/0887
  • : 408
  • : Pet
  • : ill