Expanded Description written by Laure-Anne Visele
Everything you have ever wanted to learn about impulse control during the raising of your dog.
Does your dog not listen to you immediately when you call him? Does he pull on the leash? Does he pay more attention to his surroundings than to you?
In her book Happy Handling! Reward targeted training, suitable for any dog and owner the Dutch dog trainer Jolein van Weperen offers numerous tips and practical exercises how you can make listening to you becomes fun for your dog. It is an effective training method that allows you to control the behavior of your dog through rewards and positive reinforcement.
Your dog will be taught in a positive way that listening to you is fun. Using this training method she consciously avoids using reprimands, corrections or an angry voice.
The publication of Happy Handling! is a milestone in Dutch dog training. The methods are factually sound, ethically responsible, and practically focused. Every trainer in charge of putting together a dog school curriculum needs to have read it.
With its attempt at making a best-of-breed trainer out of every client, the book occasionally flirts with idealism. But hey, if you need a point of reference to build your curriculum, best you start too perfect than the other way round, right?
Jolein formulated classic ideas in a way really drive the point home to the layman. Some were so good that we are going to quote her in future theory seminars.
Here are some examples:
• The self-control of your dog depends on your own self-control.
• Selfishness is the motivation behind nearly every behavior.
• Each time you repeat a command, put a dollar in a jam jar.
• (about the watch me' exercise) If your dog is not looking at you, see it as feedback from your dog.
What experts are saying about Happy Handling!:
The publication of Happy Handling' is a milestone in (Dutch) dog training. The methods are factually sound, ethically responsible, and practically focused. Every Dutch trainer in charge of putting together a dog school curriculum needs to have read it. With its attempt at making a best-of-breed trainer out of every client, the book occasionally flirts with idealism. But hey, if you need a point of reference to build your curriculum, best you start too perfect than the other way round, right? Jolein is a beacon for modern dog training in The Netherlands. Her fair, effective and rational methods reflect the gold practices of force-free training. De Laar has become a home away from home for evidence-based trainers from all over the world. In this book, Jolein shares her years of field experience and gargantuan knowledge with trainers and owners alike for generations of well-adjusted and polite dogs. I would love to see more books by Jolein van Weperen.
Laure-Anne Visele BSc, MSc, Head trainer at OhMyDog! and Canine behavior therapist at Canis bonus
Jolein van Weperen of Hondenschool de Laar only uses force free humane methods to train animals. She uses the latest in scientific training. Jolein trains dogs to be well behaved, happy, confident and calm family dogs/animals. She is a wonderful person that has a passion and love for helping dogs and humans be successful. I would highly recommend her services!
Pamela Johnson Dog Trainer at Pam's Dog Academy
Jolein is driven and capable. Stress-free training is one of the pillars of her training method. She has lots of knowledge and experience and it shows in her varied courses and in the way she manages to come up with custom approaches to behavioral difficulties.
Alexandra Wilkinson, canine behavior specialist