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The Everything Dog Training and Tricks Book

The Everything Dog Training and Tricks Book
By Gerilyn J. Bielakiewicz


287 Pages | Paperback

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Sit. Come. Go fetch the remote. Good dog!
There's no greater joy than a well-behaved dog. Whether your dog is an undisciplined puppy or an intelligent adult, The Everything Dog Training and Tricks Book, 2nd Edition will show you how to introduce new skills right away.

This easy-to-use guide helps you teach your dog the simplest commands, the showiest tricks, and everything in between! Learn how to
  • Use treats, toys, and a clicker to train your dog.
  • Teach tricks based on your dog's breed.
  • Get to the root of problem behaviors.
  • Address common issues, from housebreaking to excessive barking.
  • Deal with special-needs cases, such as fearful or aggressive dogs.
Work your way up from Sit and Stay to Play Dead and Get the Mail. You'll be showing off your dog's skills for years to come ? because you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Table of Contents

Top Ten Components of a Happy, Healthy Dog
Introduction

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1. Why Teach Tricks?

1

Training Improves Your Relationship
Trick Training Leads to Better Training
The Importance of Consistency
Fix Behavior Problems
Therapy Work

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4
5
7

2. What's Your Dog Like?

9

How Well Do You Know Your Dog?
Energy Level
Personality
Keep Safety in Mind
What Motivates Your Pooch?

10
10
12
13
14

3. Give Your Dog a Job

19

Exercise First; Training Will Follow
Work Out Together
Provide the Right Foundation for Learning

20
21
23

4. Clicker Training

27

The Kindness Revolution in Dog Training
Getting Started with a Clicker
Shaping
Using Lures in Training
Targeting
Labeling Behaviors
Weaning off the Clicker and Treats

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30
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5. Dog Training Basics

43

Invest in the Future
Teaching the Basics
Steps to Success
Working on the Quality of the Trick

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6. Kindergarten Tricks

59

Teaching Simple Tricks
Polite Pawing
Calm Canines
Who Loves an Audience?
Social Graces

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60
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7. Retrieving Tricks

77

Shaping the Retrieve
Links and Chains
The Retrieving Tricks
Delivery Tricks
The Next Level

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8. Show-Off Tricks

95

Fancy Dogs
Humble Dogs
Family Tricks
Supersmart Tricks
Multi-Dog Tricks

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101
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108

9. Techniques and Tools for Problem Solving

117

Set the Best Environment
Analyze the Problem
Behavior Management
Alternate Behavior
Problem-Solving Tools

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119
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10. A Word about Punishment

129

Punishment Can Make Things Worse
Punishment is Reactive
Timing is Everything
Redirect the Behavior
Establishing New Patterns
The Fallout of Punishment: Aggression

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11. Training a More Desirable Behavior

137

Have a Plan
Solutions to Breed-Specific Behavior Problems
Practice Makes Perfect
When Things Go Wrong
Classical Conditioning Tools

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151

12. Barking Problems and Solutions

153

Why Do Dogs Bark Excessively?
Mindful Management
Motivation Determines Solutions
Dogs That Bark at Visitors
Dogs That Bark for Attention

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159
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164

13. Fears and Phobias

167

Make a Commitment to Training
Genetics, Abuse, or a Lack of Exposure?
Unrealistic Expectations
Now Get Busy Training
Veterinary Behaviorist and Alternative Solutions

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169
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14. Housebreaking 101

181

Why Things Go Wrong
Using a Crate to Help Housebreak Your Dog
Charting Your Dog's Progress
Using a Leash for Potty Trips
Confinement Works
Proper Cleanup Procedures for Accidents

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15. Pulling on the Leash

193

The Only Solution Is Training
Walk Without Pulling
Adding Duration to Your Walks
Choose Rewards Carefully
Training Equipment

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202

16. Lunging and On-Leash Aggression

207

Leashes Can Cause Aggressive Behavior
Bad Leash Manners Get Dogs into Trouble
The Leash
Teach Your Dog to Leave It
The Bar Is Open

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208
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17. Running Away

219

Use a Leash to Control the Variables
Leadership Matters
Building a Foundation for Come
An Ounce of Prevention
Safe Confinement

220
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226
228

18. Jumping on People

233

Why Do Dogs Jump?
The Welcoming Committee
Define Your Dog's Greatest Distraction
Teaching Sit/Stay with Duration
Creating a Sitting Maniac

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240

19. Dogs That Dig

243

Why Do Dogs Dig?
Prevention is Key
Legal Digging Zone

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248

20. Canine Social Skills

251

Socialization Versus Training
Socializing Your Dog to Other Dogs
Socialization to People
What About Doggie Day Care?
Abused or Unsocialized?

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21. Family Dynamics: Problems and Solutions

261

When Baby Makes Four
Adding a Dog or Puppy to Your Growing Family
Training for Peaceful Co-existance
Management Basics
Supervision

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Appendix

271

Books
Videos
Organizations
Websites

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Index

277




Gerilyn J. Bielakiewicz is the co-founder of Canine University, a dog training facility located in Malden, MA. Canine University and its programs have been featured on the local NBC, CBS, and WB affiliates, as well as in print media. Ms. Bielakiewicz is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Golden Retriever Club of America. She holds a Certified Pet Dog Trainer certificate and a Karen Pryor Clicker Trainer Partner certificate, and she has more than two decades of experience teaching people and dogs. She lives in Wakefield, MA.



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