If Fido doesn't come when called, sit when greeting visitors, or get off the furniture at your command, consider the time you've taken to teach him proper manners. If you haven't spent the time simply because you are too busy, Train Your Dog In No Time can help. It's the busy dog owner's guide to getting your dog to behave once and for all. Using step-by-step instructions, easy-to-follow to-do and equipment lists, and informative illustrations, this book assists you with the following: * Socializing your dog to people and pets* Housetraining your dog* Communicating your wishes to your dog* Teaching basic obedience commands* Training your dog to perform simple tricks* Exercising with your dog* Correcting misbehavior Plus, Train Your Dog In No Time will help the entire family getting in on the training fun. With this book, your dog will be a model for all dogs in no time.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Who Should Read This Book How This Book Is Organized The Book's Parts Special Icons Everyone Wins I. FIRST THINGS FIRST. 1. What You Should Know About Your Dog. Understanding Your Dog's Personality Influences of Age Influences of Gender Breed Considerations Assessing Your Dog's Temperament Explore Your Puppy or Dog's Temperament Setting the Stage: Critical Periods of Development Socializing Your Puppy Socializing Your Adolescent Dog Socializing an Older Dog Making Introductions Preparing Your Dog for Baby Introducing a New Dog to Your Children and Other Family Members Introducing a New Puppy or Dog to Your Current Pet Summary 2. What You Should Know About Training. Determining Your Dog's Aptitudes and Training Needs Your Dog's Aptitude for Learning Using Body Language to Discern Your Dog's Training Needs Integrating Training Methods into Family Life Selecting a Head Trainer Where to Train When to Train Learning the Rules of Training Sending a Clear Message Giving Immediate Feedback Making Training Fair and Fun Summary 3. Getting Ready for Training. Preparing Your Dog's Spaces Choosing and Locating the Crate Choosing and Locating the Dog House Preparing for Yard, Paper, or Litter Box Training Buying Equipment and Supplies Choosing a Collar and Leash Selecting Treats What You Should Know About Toys Selecting Cleaning Products for Training Accidents Summary II. TRAIN YOUR DOG OR PUPPY IN NO TIME. 4. Manners Training: Week by Week. Week One: Using Commands and Beginning Basic Crate and House Training Choosing and Using Commands Crate Training Toilet Training Week Two: Adding Basic Commands and Stopping Unwanted Behaviors Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called Teaching "Sit" Preventing Unwanted Puppy Chewing Curbing Puppy Biting Behavior Week Three: Introducing Leash Walking Leash Walking Basics Teaching Your Dog to Turn with You Week Four: Adding the Down Command Week Five: Introducing "Stay" and the Release Word Week Six: Teaching Your Dog to Remain in the "Down" Position Teaching the "Down-Stay" Having Patience with Your Pet Summary 5. Graduating to Next-Level Basics. Continuing with Recall and Leash Training Another Technique for Teaching "Come" Teaching the "Heel" Command Teaching Hand Signals Getting Your Dog's Attention by Clapping Using Hand Signals for Heel, Come, Sit, Down, and Stay Introducing Clickers and Other Event Markers Using a Clicker Using the Clicker to Introduce Nail Trimming Summary 6. Having Fun with Simple Tricks. Teaching Your Dog Tricks Considering the Benefits of Trick Training Choosing the Right Tricks for Your Dog Training for Bell Ringing Selecting Fun Tricks Teaching Roll Over Wowing with Bowing Jumping Through Hoops Teaching "Play Dead" Summary 7. Having Fun While Exercising. Making Exercise Part of Your Dog's Routine Choosing the Right Exercise for Your Dog Conditioning for Exercise Hiking and Backpacking Choosing Doggy Packs and Other Supplies Following Trail Etiquette Introducing Water Sports Teaching Your Dog to Swim Considering Life Jackets Playing Fetch Teaching Your Dog to Fetch Considering Athletic Competitions Summary III. IMPROVING YOUR DOG'S MANNERS. 8. Housetraining in Every Way. Discouraging Potty Accidents Tracking Down and Treating the Cause Retraining Curbing Submissive and Excitement-Induced Urination Putting an End to Marking Behavior Teaching Your Dog Home and Garden Rules Keeping Your Dog Off the Furniture Putting an End to Stealing Ending the Yard Excavations Cleaning Up Your Dog's Eating and Drinking Habits Ceasing to Reward Begging Preventing Toilet Drinking Closing the Poop Buffet Summary 9. Eliminating Annoying Habits. Silencing Excessive Vocalizations Dealing with Excessive Barking, Howling, or Whining Correcting with Distraction and Punishment Putting a Stop to Jumping Up Making Corrections Putting a Stop to Gate and Door Rushing Ending Pushy Behavior at Doors and Gates Teaching Proper Doorbell Etiquette What to Do When Your Dog Gets Personal Ending Nose-to-Crotch Sniffing Putting an End to Mounting Summary 10. Getting Tough About Serious Offenses. Putting a Stop to Aggression Incorporating Tough Love for the Dominant Pooch Preventing Fear Biting Correcting Territorial Aggression Controlling Predatory Behavior Preventing Predatory Behavior Toward Animals or People Curbing the Car Chaser Reducing the Anxiety of Separation Reading the Clues Treating Separation Anxiety Reducing Your Dog's Fearful Reactions Calming the Scared Dog Summary IV. APPENDICES. A. References and Resources. Selecting a Dog Choosing the Ideal Dog: A Questionnaire Accommodating Allergic Family Members Accommodating Young Children Where to Find a Dog Selecting a Trainer, Behavioral Consultant, or Veterinary Behaviorist Selecting an Obedience Instructor or Dog Trainer Selecting a Behavioral Consultant or Veterinary Behaviorist Useful Websites, Telephone Numbers, and Books Information Products Books B. Planning Charts. Daily Toilet Training Diary Weekly Obedience Training Logs Weekly Obedience Training Log: "Come" and "Sit" (Introduced Week 2, Chapter 4) Weekly Obedience Training Log: "Walk" (Introduced Week 3, Chapter 4) Weekly Obedience Training Log: "Down" (Introduced Week 4, Chapter 4) Weekly Obedience Training Log: "Sit-Stay" (Introduced Week 5, Chapter 4) Weekly Obedience Training Log: "Down-Stay" (Introduced Week 6, Chapter 4) Index.
Using her experience as a practicing veterinarian, H. Ellen Whiteley, D.V.M. has been columnist for consumer and professional publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, Woman's World Magazine, Milwaukee Sentinel, Amarillo Globe News, DVM News Magazine, and Veterinary Forum. She has written four books devoted to pet behavior and veterinary medicine and won numerous awards for her writing skills. As corporate spokesperson, Whiteley has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows. Dr. Whiteley and her husband George have four children and nine grandchildren. They live in Guadalupita, New Mexico. You can visit Dr. Whiteley at www.drwhiteley.com.