We are all familiar with this problem. Your dog performs a perfect recall when you are practicing with him alone in your backyard. But when surrounded by other dogs and the sights and sounds of an obedience trial, that recall is no longer so perfect. In The Art of Proofing - Preparing Your Dog For Obedience Trials, author Adele Yunck (co-author of the popular Competition Obedience: A Balancing Act) takes on the element of dog training that is so often overlooked - proofing. This handy, spiral bound guide should go with you every time you are working with your dog in a new environment filled with distractions that can impact performance.
Flying under the radar here for a few months is The Right Way the First Time by Alana Stevenson. This book is one of the few that delivers great positive training methods for basic behaviors - but does it in a clear and well written fashion that the casual or novice dog owner will understand and hopefully accept. If you are a trainer or dog enthusiast and are having trouble recommending a solid training book to your less experienced clients or friends (one they can actually understand and follow), this is a really good choice.
A new feature we will include with some of our Weekly Updates will be Dogwise staff picks highlighting some of our lesser known books. This week we want to feature The Dogs of Windcutter Down by David Kennard. David is a sheep farmer in Devon, England - and this book offers the reader a chance to live the life of a shepherd and his dogs in the English countryside (maybe a good career move?)! You'll get to know his four sheepdogs well and come to agree with his mantra: "There is no good flock without a good shepherd, and no good shepherd without good dogs."
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