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CLICK TO CALM - HEALING THE AGGRESSIVE DOG
by Emma Parsons (See other books by author)


Publisher: Sunshine Books
Edition:
2004 Paperback, 181 pages

ISBN: 1890948209
Item: DTB825
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Summary: More than 40 exercises in an easy-to-follow training recipe format, including how to desensitize your dog to approaching stranger dogs; have your dog perform canine calming signals, instead of aggressive displays, on cue; use your own body language when under stress as a cue for your dog to remain calm; and many more creative and effective uses of managing behavior through clicker training.

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When Emma Parsons, canine trainer and behavior consultant, discovered that her own prized golden retriever was aggressive toward other dogs and that traditional remedies took his reactivity to nightmarish levels, she turned to clicker training. In the process, Emma developed innovative and highly effective strategies to calm, alter, and re-shape her dog's aggressive displays. Her work has since helped many clients successfully reduce and even erase their dogs' reactivity.

More than 40 exercises in an easy-to-follow training recipe format, teaching how to:
*Desensitize your dog to approaching stranger dogs
*Allow you to grab your dog's collar without him snapping
*Have your dog perform canine calming signals, instead of aggressive displays, on cue
*Have your dog turn and give you eye contact whenever another dog approaches, or you tighten on the leash
*Use your own body language when under stress as a cue for your dog to remain calm
...and many more creative and effective uses of managing behavior through clicker training!


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Excellent training resource, September 11, 2015
Reviewer: Johanna Bouchard
An excellent training resource for aggressive dogs, Parsons made the switch from traditional punishment-based training after various 'professional trainers' attempts to 'correct' her aggressive dog resulted in a worsening and deeper ingraining of the aggressive behavior.

Click To Calm discusses differences between positive and punishment based training methods, and the positive methods she used to help her dog overcome his aggression.

Primarily focused on the 'Look-At-That' technique, where the handler clicks and rewards the dog for looking at his or her trigger from a safe distance, below threshold, this book is designed to reduce your dog's emotional response to triggers through systematic-desensitization and counter-conditioning.

This book is very thorough, and broken down into simple and easy to follow segments, making it extremely user-friendly. It relies on pre-planned 'set-ups', where there must be a stationary decoy or trigger, so you will have to have a helper or willing partner to practice (I use strangers at the park- they usually have no intention of interacting with my dog and pretend not to mind that I'm following them around with an insane dog :)

I have used this technique with some success with my aggressive rescue dog, but find it is not practical in the 'real world' i.e., walks etc. Highly recommend this book in conjunction with Behavior Adjustment Training by Grisha Stewart, and Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt.
 
Very informative, April 27, 2014
Reviewer: Amy VG
I have read many dog training books over the last year. When we adopted a puppy, I was worried I would make a mistake so I started reading everything I could about training. I am sure I have made a lot of mistakes along the way! Our puppy is now one and has been socialized to everything and everyone. But he can be 'bossy' at times, to dogs and to some people, like men who have rough housed with him (my dog loves it). So I read this book to see if I could prevent any further bossiness or it turning into aggression. I absolutely love Emma Parson simple but effective suggestions and have applied them with great success. He is rarely bossy (he used to demand attention from my husband by barking at him) and listens very well to instructions from all family members. I have tried many different training methods along the way with my previous dogs: Caser's methods, with treats, without treats with more physical force , etc, and I have found that my golden responds the best with clicker training. It's a highly intelligent way to train dogs, and, from my experience, highly effective if done properly. But I know every dog is different, and the training needs to be adapted to each individual dog.
 
Skills for the Troubled Dog, April 24, 2014
Reviewer: Amelia Looper
It's often said that the path to mastery begins with mastering the fundamentals. The exercises laid out in exquisite detail in this book are the go-to essentials for any dog, especially one with 'issues'. I particularly enjoy that the emphasis is on giving dogs (and handlers) specific skills with which to cope with problem situations. While it appears medium-length, this is an information dense read, highly re-readable, and thus a great value.
 
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