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FETCHING THE PERFECT DOG TRAINER - GETTING THE BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG
by Katenna Jones (See other books by author)


Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
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2012 Paperback, 64 pages

ISBN: 9781617810657
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Summary: There are so many books, television shows, DVDs, and training schools available today that it can be sometimes difficult to find the right training resource for you and your dog. Who should you listen to? Who should you hire? What methods are best for you and your dog?

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Who should train your dog?
Acquiring a dog, whether a purebred puppy or a shelter rescue, is a big step for most people and fortunately there is a lot of good information available to make a good choice. Deciding who should train your dog is another matter. Unless you have lots of experience training dogs yourself, you probably have not even considered who should train your dog—and if you just rely on newspaper ads or business cards left in a vet’s office to find a trainer, you may be very disappointed in the outcome. Fetching the Perfect Dog Trainer by Katenna Jones presents all of the information you need to know to find the right trainer for you based on your lifestyle and the particular behaviors your dog needs to learn. Your dog is too important to not make the right training decision.

You will learn:
• How to evaluate and interview a prospective trainer to know if she is right for your dog.
• Red flags to watch for based on what a trainer says and what you observe.
• The common characteristics of effective and humane trainers.
• About training organizations and their certification programs.
• What kind of training you may be able to do on your own and what should be left to a professional.

What experts are saying about Fetching the Perfect Dog Trainer:
Finding a good dog trainer is critical to a dog’s successful transition into a new home. This guide is a valuable resource for shelters and veterinarians as a way to provide information to their clients in an affordable, easy-to-use format.
Dr. Ian Dunbar, Founder of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers

Katenna has been doing good things for animals all of her life. This book takes that effort to the next level by continuing education for those on the other end of the leash.
Terry Ryan, author The Toolbox for Building a Great Family Dog

A clear and accurate guide for consumers trying to navigate this still-unregulated profession. Katenna’s book is the Consumer Reports of training and behavior modification. Brava!
Jean Donaldson, Founder of The Academy for Dog Trainers, author Oh Behave!

Katenna Jones has written a true gem. Fetching the Perfect Dog Trainer answers all the important questions in finding the most suitable dog trainer for your dog. The book is easy to read and is filled with wonderful examples. A resource that will be cherished and well used!
Aubrey H. Fine Ed.D., Licensed Psychologist, Professor CA State University, Pomona, author The Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy, Afternoons with Puppy and Give A Dog Your Heart

Katenna Jones worked for several years with the American Humane Association and is presently employed with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers as the Education Programs Coordinator. Katenna lives in Cumberland, Rhode Island, with her husband, two adopted cats—Scrumbalina and Van Gogh— and their adopted pit bull, Maison.

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AVSAB, American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior
“Dog Training has changed significantly over the past thirty years. No longer do we need to use punitive methods to train our pets. Positive reinforcement has become the gold standard by which other training methods are compared. I anticipate the title will do a good job of getting the attention of dog owners looking to make sure they are doing their best for their four legged family member. My favorite part of the book was the questions owners can use to interview prospective trainers. Most people seem to be reluctant or embarrassed to ask about a trainer's qualifications. As anybody can call themselves a trainer, I feel this is very important. The author also goes so far as to tell people when to walk away such as wen supposed trainers offer guarantees with their training. One of the only books of its kind, I anticipate this book will be a good reference to dog owners.” Miranda Bourque B.Agr.Sc, DVM

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YES!, June 27, 2012
Reviewer: Skye Anderson
“YES!” I said, thumping my fist into the air!

This was my reaction when I first saw Fetching the Perfect Dog Trainer. Finally, a book that will save loads of time explaining, and will do a better job to boot!

What is the difference between training and behavior? What is balanced training? How can trainers explain punishment to dog owners in lay terms?

Katenna Jones has written a thorough book on finding and selecting a dog trainer, with all the “why’s” anticipated and answered in advance. And, 100% of the author’s proceeds will be donated to Friends of Fido (www.friendsoffido.org), a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of outdoor dogs and educating their owners while withholding judgment and prejudice.

More than just an indispensable reference, Fetching discusses what owners can do on their own, when they should turn to a behavior professional, and how to get the most out of dog training. Jones tells how to interview a prospective trainer and lists questions to ask with recommended responses. She also mentions red flags to watch out for and discusses guarantees and ethics.

Along with an unforgettably adorable photo (and caption) on page 7 is a multi-page chart of the types of classes (STAR, SAR, CLASS, CGC, and classes without acronyms from puppy kindergarten to specialties like herding) with their descriptions and benefits. In addition, page 20 lists certification organizations, certificate programs, licensing organizations, and membership organizations, and explains the difference. Certification abbreviations like CPDT and ABCDT as well as various titles in use (trainer, behaviorist, behavior counselor, etc.) are also defined. A short index is included and an extensive list of helpful DVDs and books. Whew!

The author is an ACAAB (an animal behavior expert with an appropriate advanced degree) with a background in shelter work. Therefore, I was not surprised to detect a definite bias in favor of dogs! Jones is a positive dog trainer: nevertheless, Fetching covers the entire training spectrum and defines every term that begs to be defined. An academic and a practitioner, Jones has compiled a wealth of information about a dry subject and makes it an appealing read with an easy-to-retain format.

Colored headings and subheadings had me perplexed until I figured out the organization of this handy little book: I would have preferred all black print. Numerous color photos that didn’t always enhance the text interrupted the flow. A few purposely-askew photos may drive you batty and, finally, minor errors in names of organizations are things only a former editor like this reviewer would catch.

Fetching is a grand Reference with a capital R! I hand it out to prospective clients, veterinary staff, and shelter and rescue workers. This portable reference may also light a fire under those of us who have not yet sat for the CPDT exam.

Fetching may not be a quick read due to its voluminous factual information but it is reader-friendly. I bet Jones could even make a dictionary fascinating!

(To appear in APDT's COTD)
 

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