Revised Edition with new exercises and photos!
Change for the good, that is
Many dogs are overly excitable, reactive, nervous, or stressed. These aren't bad dogs, but those kinds of behaviors can make living with your pet more difficult than need be. While there is no good dog switch, understanding how dogs learn, using positive reinforcement methods, creative training exercises and good management techniques can make for dramatic changes for the good in your dog.
Author Dee Ganley has developed dozens of training exercises based on many years of experience working with problem dogs. Completing the exercises that apply to your dog's particular behavior problem can lead to extraordinary results as owners and dogs change, learn, and grow together.
Learn how to:
Use positive reinforcement strategies to teach new, acceptable behaviors that will replace unacceptable ones.
Manage the environment around your dog to minimize the chances of difficult behavior.
Find and execute the training exercises that will help you solve problem behaviors.
What dog trainers are saying about Dee Ganley's Changing People Changing Dogs:
Dee's book is clearly written and provides systematic advice that any pet owner can follow. At the same time, it is comprehensive and deep enough to be an extremely valuable resource for the professional trainer and consultant.
Jim Barry, author of Ethical Dog Trainer and Positive Gun Dogs
The goldmine of this book is the section on training exercises in the appendix. Ganley, refreshingly practical in her approach, explains to handlers exactly what to do with their hands, their eyes, and their voice and how to deliver rewards in order to achieve success.
Barbara Shumannfang, author of Happy Kids, Happy Dogs: Building a Friendship Right from the Start
Dee Ganley is a skilled dog trainer, handler and instructor, with 30 years experience. Dee provides lectures and workshops to trainers and veterinarians in North America and Europe. Dee lives in New Hampshire with her husband, daughter and three dogs.
What reviewers are saying...
"A good third of the book is an appendix giving step by step, detailed and clearly explained instructions for numerous exercises. Two of the self-control exercises that I use with clients almost daily are the Settle: Relaxed Down on Lead, and the "Find It Game". - Carolyn Clark, M. A. Director of Centre for Applied Canine Behavior This book covers a lot of ground, with sections on training equipment, toys and chews for environmental enrichment and play, canine communication, how dogs learn, how to evaluate and assess a dog for training and behavior work and chase out the details of what owners might report and a few case studies.
What reviewers are saying...
"A good third of the book is an appendix giving step by step, detailed and clearly explained instructions for numerous exercises. Two of the self-control exercises that I use with clients almost daily are the Settle: Relaxed Down on Lead, and the "Find It Game". - Carolyn Clark, M. A. Director of Centre for Applied Canine Behavior