I think it's good for any age, personally. That and Power Of Positive Dog Training both really do a good job of laying things out in a logical order - if you follow their curriculum and put in the practice required, you'll have a very well behaved dog in no time.Is the "Family Friendly Dog Training" book any good and is it only for puppies or can it work for a 10 month boxer ???
I agree for the most part, and it seems most of what CM does is just show owners how they are reinforcing the very behavior they don't want, and how to stop doing that and reinforce behavior that they do want. It's really simple stuff IMO. However you want to phrase it or represent it, he phrases it in a way he can get some people to understand, and that's ok.Everyone has their own definition of "leadership", with "addendums" depending on the context. It's a pointless practice IMO. All we need to know about our dogs when we train them is...possession of resources follows the 9/10th law; and how, as my dog's guardian, can I maintain control over those resources. Beyond that all we need to know is, do you want more behavior or less? Answering that question does not involve "leadership". You just need a sense for what you want and a means to get there. Coincidentally, your dog wants the same thing.
What the dog is thinking, at the nth degree, regarding a "position" is meant only as an exercise in rhetoric. It has no real application when training a dog.
Don't forget your local library can be a valuable resource. No need to buy all these books if you can read them for free.I've decided to actually read a couple training books after coming here and reading though. I read "don't shoot the dog" last week but got limited new information from it. I'm going to read "control unleashed" next and probably the 101 dog tricks book as well.
I'm hoping to maybe pick up a couple of tips or ideas I haven't thought of for strengthening recall from the first, and mainly ideas for behaviors to train from the second.. Any opinions on those two books? Will I be wasting my money?
Ahh I had read about really reliable recall, but forgot about it.Don't forget your local library can be a valuable resource. No need to buy all these books if you can read them for free.
I have to agree with you on Don't Shoot the Dog. It can be an eye opening read, but if you've got your eyes already open, you'll leave feeling empty.
Control Unleashed, however,is an excellent read, with some worth while approaches to include in your dog's training. I'm not too familiar with the 101 dog tricks book.
For recall though, Leslie Nelson's book Really Reliable Recall is excellent.
Here's a video of my husband doing the pushing exercise with two of our dogs. The one thing he's doing wrong is that he holds up too high on Jaia's neck. He should be resisting down more on his chest. You can see the difference between Jaia and B'asia because I had been working with B'asia quite a bit by this time.The other one I was looking over was "natural dog training" and an exercise called "pushing" to get your dog to open up more using prey drive in interacting with you.
I tried it a little one night just to see how she would react, and she will push.Here's a video of my husband doing the pushing exercise with two of our dogs. The one thing he's doing wrong is that he holds up too high on Jaia's neck. He should be resisting down more on his chest. You can see the difference between Jaia and B'asia because I had been working with B'asia quite a bit by this time.
And some think this exercise might encourage eager behavior as regards taking treats, but B'asia takes treats like a deer. She's very gentle under normal circumstances. I always finished the pushing exercise with a few treats using the "easy" command.
Hmm, Hope isn't really fearful, just more serious and reserved and a bit cautious but curious of new things, but she almost always goes straight to check it out if something makes her jump or react, she doesn't avoid it.I don't know of any bad experiences anyone has reported.
B'asia has a high prey drive and she was very shy and fearful. She's come a long way and pushing was just one of the techniques we used on her. At that time, she would fetch a frisbee, but wouldn't return it or let anyone near her. We were working on getting her to return it and we were successful. She still prefers to hang on to it, but she will give it up if I ask (which I do sometimes to keep her practiced). Basically, Pushing helped her trust us enough to turn her "prey" over to us.
This video was taken at the same time. It's some of the results of our natural dog training techniques we used. B'asia Frisbee
A good DVD recommendation if video is appealing to you too.What other things have you done to build drive and focus besides pushing?
We're not trying to build her drive. Just work with it. We play tug, and use several of the techniques and exercises described on the Natural Dog Training page. We use a Flirt Pole (another video), but for focus, I use clicker training.What other things have you done to build drive and focus besides pushing?
When pigs fly looks like a good one.. I read a few pages on amazon's site. I think I'll get that one too.Check out the Volhard books, they are excellent.
"Control Unleashed", "When Pigs Fly" and "So your dog's not Lassie" are all great books. "Beyond Basic Obedience"., "Building Blocks for performance" and "Competition Obedience: A Balancing Act" are all superb books.
CM has a lot of good ideas, so I don't totally diss him. I've learned some stuff from him like I have from every other trainer.
Well I picked up 101 dog tricks and control unleashed and have time to read through them a bit.Some of my favorite books (training, not theory or relationship-building) that I've personally read:
How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks
101 Dog Tricks
And more specialized ones for specific issues:
Click to Calm
Help for your Fearful Dog
Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding Behavior in Dogs
And, one of my very favorite "books" for basic training isn't a book at all, but Susan Ailsby's Training Levels, which are available online:
http://www.dragonflyllama.com/ DOGS/ Dog1/levels.html