Braveheart – Motivation and Confidence Training for Performance and Companion Dogs

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Alex Lato
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How is it possible that some can train their dogs easily, with great results, while others spend excessive amounts of time, yet remain frustrated, with poor results and unreliable performances?

Alex Lato, internationally renowned dog trainer and behaviourist, has the answer. We need our dogs to be brave! It is no easy matter for a dog to live in a world full of unexpected, unpredictable events and to remain happy, calm and balanced. It is even harder if we want that dog to compete in a challenging sport, and to excel in all situations. The secret is to bring out the Braveheart in every dog. Bravery can be the deciding factor as whether our training is a success or a failure. Lato has worked closely with dogs of all types over many years, and believes that they key components of bravery are motivation and confidence.

• A motivated dog values anything we use as a reward, which means he is always ready to work for us, and try something new.
• A confident dog trusts his own abilities and knows that, with the support of his handler, he can work through any challenges he may face.

Together this creates a blueprint which allows dogs to reach their potential, fully equipped to meet the demands of modern life head on. In this ground-breaking book, Lato explains his own, personal philosophy on dog training and the Bravery Boost concept – a detailed programme to develop motivation and build confidence.

Written with great sensitivity, and advancing some truly novel strategies, Braveheart is essential reading for everyone who wants to expand their knowledge and expertise in dog training.

More about the author- Alex Lato is no ordinary dog trainer! When asked why he chose this profession, he replies: “I wasn’t raised by wolves, and I wasn’t born a dog whisperer, but my success comes from hard work, the constant desire to learn – and my passion for dogs.” Alex Lato studied at Warsaw University of Life Sciences and in 2008 gained a Masters degree in Animal Science. On a practical level, his passion for dog training started from working with Border Collies in sheep herding, and then continued with companion and sport dog training in Warsaw before moving to Finland and becoming IGP Helper/decoy. To this day, he continues to be involved in IGP, in competitive obedience and more recently in mondioring.

In 2013 Alex moved to the UK and, together with his friend, Lila Zachwatowicz, he established Temperament Dogs to provide the highest standard of home boarding and training for companion dogs. His favourite, and most successful, area of expertise is helping dogs that suffer from reactivity. He is also the creator of the Bravery Boost training programme that is designed to help dogs attain their full potential through confidence and motivation training. Bravery Boost also involves helping dogs who suffer from fears, such as noise sensitivity, those that are reactive and those that feel a general lack of confidence. Alex is in big demand for his innovative workshops both in the UK, and overseas.

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  • 5

    Posted by Sharon Hobson on 18th Jan 2023

    I'm loving this book! The author provides both clear explanations of theory and really good exercises to build a motivated, confident dog. The diagrams are well done, and the material well organized. A very useful book.

  • 5
    Motivation and confidence building

    Posted by Elizabeth Patterson on 25th Sep 2022

    A well designed book with clear text and illustrations that are clear and helpful.

  • 5
    Building confidence and resiliance in your dog

    Posted by Alison Lentz on 10th Sep 2022

    Alex Lato writes as a skilled and patient teacher laying out a remarkable book about building motivation, confidence, and resilience in your dog. This is a book with depth of insights which will be valuable to both trainers and to companion pet owners Throughout the text, this trainer strives to view the process from the dog’s perspective. The book is divided into 3 sections. The First discusses 3 pillars of successful dog training: Motivation, Communication, and Reliability. The Second section focuses on Motivation through relationship and play and includes numerous games and exercises. Section Three outlines in detail his approach to training. The best teachers don’t just provide methods and facts, they help their students learn to think. In his striving to instill bravery and confidence in the dogs he trains, Lato has given a lot of thought to the issue of dog reactivity and fear. In the last section, he describes being asked the question, “What is reactive aggression?” and says he has come to the conclusion that, “It is the intention to increase distance.” He then examines the ways that confidence building can provide that distance. This in a book that not only provides insightful behavioral observations and effective methods for building confidence and bravery in dog training. It also offers a practical and constructive way to think about that process.

  • 5

    Posted by Eric on 25th Aug 2022

    Lots of great hints and ideas Basic to advance