Beyond The Basics: Unlock Your Dog's Behavior by Denise Fenzi - including Shipping


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Beyond The Basics: Unlock Your Dog's Behavior by Denise Fenzi - including Shipping

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Author:  Denise Fenzi

Subject Matter:

You are a dedicated pet owner or trainer who is willing to put a fair amount of time and thought into the process of changing dog behavior. You want to develop a training plan that accounts for your dog's needs as well as your own, and that moves you to desirable behavior as expeditiously as possible!

By considering your dog's emotions, overall health, and temperament and then adding a big dose of applied training skills, you and your dog can come to a place of mutual cooperation and behavior change.  Not only will this book help you understand your dog better so that you can pick the right training plan, it will also help you evaluate your decisions after the fact to ensure that you are, indeed, making progress towards your goals.

The first part of this book focuses on "Understanding".  Understanding what factors influence your dog's behavior and also how to apply training skills to your situation so that you can design a training plan.  

The second part is a series of case studies, focused on the problem behaviors of excessive barking and failing to recall.  Both are frustrating to owners, and both require a good look at the overall situation before deciding how to proceed with any given dog.

The final part of this book focuses on Evaluation.  Did you reach your goals?  If not, why not?  By walking through a systematic approach to evaluating both success and failure, odds are that success will be reached more quickly. 

Pages: 144

Dimensions: 6 x 9"; soft cover.

Table of Contents:

Beyond the Basics

Table of Contents

About the Author........................................................................................6

Preface ..................................................................................................... 7

Part One: Understanding ..........................................................................11

Chapter 1 The Emotional Lives of Dogs ............................................. 15

How Emotions Impact Behavior .............................................................. 16

Adults, Pre-Verbal Children, and Dogs......................................................20

The Ideal Emotional State for Learning .................................................... 21

When You Ignore Your Dog’s Emotions ................................................... 21

What is My Dog Feeling? ......................................................................... 22

Dog Body Language..................................................................................22

If Your Dog Was a Toddler ....................................................................... 25

Guessing Wrong........................................................................................26

Chapter 2 Pain, Illness, and Behavior.....................................................29

Common Health Issues in Puppies and Adolescent Dogs........................30

Symptoms of Physical Pain........................................................................31

Mental Pain (Mental Illness) ..................................................................... 32

Identifying Mental Distress........................................................................34

Finding Undiagnosed Illness or Pain ....................................................... 35

Do Not Assume.........................................................................................36

The Effects of Undiagnosed or Ignored Pain and Illness ........................ 37

My Personal Experience ......................................................................... 38

Summary ................................................................................................. 39

Chapter 3 Temperament of the Dog .................................................... 41

Typical Temperament Traits.......................................................................42

Not All Dogs Fit the Mold..........................................................................46

Innate Temperament and Training.............................................................46

Summary ................................................................................................. 47

Chapter 4 Applied Training Skills...........................................................49

The Importance of Motivation...................................................................50

How Motivators Work...............................................................................52

Setting the Stage......................................................................................54

Rate of Reinforcement..............................................................................55

Know What You Want ..............................................................................55

Know How to get there ............................................................................56

Choosing a Training Time ........................................................................ 57

Let Your Dog Know When He’s Done .......................................................57 Punishment.............................................................................................. 58

But Bad Behaviors is Happening RIGHT NOW!........................................59

Good Behavior is Happening RIGHT NOW!..............................................61

Summary .................................................................................................. 62

Chapter 5 How to Design a Training Plan...............................................63

Before You Start..........................................................................................63

Small Steps to Success..............................................................................64

Do You Really Care?....................................................................................67

Training Never Really Ends..........................................................................68 Management.............................................................................................. 68

Train Your Dog or He’ll Train Himself ........................................................ 69

Summary ................................................................................................... 70

Part Two: Applied Case Studies ................................................................ 73

Chapter 6 Problem Barking......................................................................75

Kip - Terrier Mix ......................................................................................... 76

Flip - Hunting Labrador Retriever................................................................78

Bandit - Cattle Dog Mix................................................................................80

Zoey - Portuguese Water Dog.....................................................................82

Cain - Masti .................................................................................................84

Britta - Sheltie...............................................................................................86

Dante - Australian Shepherd ...................................................................... 88

Summary .................................................................................................... 91

Chapter 7 Recall Issues..............................................................................93

Tiffany - Havanese.........................................................................................94

Puzzle - Beagle.............................................................................................96

Daisy - Dalmatian.........................................................................................99

Joey - Standard Poodle..............................................................................101

Kylie and Thor - Alaskan Husky and German Shepherd.............................104

Tickle - Labradoodle....................................................................................106

Chloe - Vizsla ..............................................................................................109 Summary..................................................................................................... 111

Chapter 8 All the Rest .............................................................................. 113

Asking the Right Questions ........................................................................ 114

Using Training to Address the Behavior ...................................................... 118

Summary ..................................................................................................... 120

Part Three: Evaluation.................................................................................. 123

Chapter 9 Evaluation ................................................................................. 125

Warning Signs that Failure is Imminent..........................................................126

Why Training Programs Fail............................................................................127

Why Dog’s Don’t Understand Our Plan.........................................................130

One Last Look ............................................................................................. 133

Summary ..................................................................................................... 134

Chapter 10 The Un-Problems ................................................................... 135

Immaturity .................................................................................................... 136

Lack of Training ............................................................................................ 138

Issues of Breed or Temperament ................................................................. 139

The Challenging Dogs .................................................................................. 140

The Rare Errors ............................................................................................ 141

Summary ...................................................................................................... 141