Positive Answers for the Aggressive Dog. The dog that bites. The dog that attacks other dogs. The dog who may not survive his own aggressive behavior. What can be done to help these dogs? When Emma Parsons, canine behavior consultant, discovered that her own dog was aggressive, she developed innovative and effective strategies to calm, alter, and re-shape his reactive displays, and those of her clients' dogs.
* desensitize your dog to approaching strange dogs * grab your dog's collar without getting bitten * teach dogs to perform canine calming signals on cue * use your own body language when under stress as a cue for your dog to remain calm
Brand: Sunshine Books
Karen Pryor Clicker Book
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have been actively training dogs for 25 years, and have lived with dogs for nearly twice that long. I've been through the (horrifying, damaging) dominate-your-dog training tend. I've worked with trainers -- and have read training books -- that advocate training without any correction, just happy vibes and jolly talk (good luck with that if you have a reactive dog). The clicker program described in this book strikes a happy, usefully dispassionate middle ground between the training extremes. "Changing the behavior to change the emotion," as the author puts it, clarifies communication between you and your aggressive or over-excited dog. I don't agree with everything the author advocates -- and I cannot forgive her for what she subjected her own dog to -- but the book is a useful tool.
Karen Pryor's Don't shoot the Dog was a breath of fresh air when it came out in 1984. Unfortunately, it took a decade or more for her kind techniques to be fully taken up by dog trainers...
I was hooked right from the start. The author's story about being a dog trainer with a reactive dog resonated true for me as well. I have a very nice, sweet, lap dog of a baby Australian Cattle Dog. He is great and gets along with other dogs well. However, when I am feeling anxious (as I am a lot, especially when things are changing) he feeds into my anxiety and becomes defensive on my behalf. His sense of our personal space shrinks and he does not want anyone else in it. I am also a trainer and have worked countless hours to desensitize him and counter-condition him, but the latest reactivity I thought might be the end of our competition days and even the end of our hiking days. However, this book gives lots of useful information and training recipes I am already using and teaching. This is the first book I have ever read on aggression and reactivity that specifically mentioned the handler's response. Because if you are doing well with your dog, you are truly a team. I am much...
When I bought this book I was in desperation mode. I feel the expected results were over-hyped. My Ziva was a guarder. Anything on the floor or ground was hers and she was very aggressive in protecting what she felt was hers. My trainer recommended this book. It did not work for this situation. Ultimately, she bit me in the face over a bone that was six or eight feet away from me. I was sitting in a chair in the patio. I have no idea what set her off. My vet put her on maximum dose of Prozac for her weight (95 lbs.).
She responded well to the clicker when the goal was treats for clicks. When she was on guarding task, she wouldn't respond, even with the meds.
I rated this book well because I think it will be effective in many, not all, cases. I have used and seen used many examples of successful click training. The tactics just didn't work with Ziva.
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