Help give your dog the key to the kingdom of scent
Your dog truly rules when it comes to scenting ability, but you hold the key to allow him to learn how to more fully explore his kingdom. And that key is your willingness to work with him in what dog trainers call nosework exercises and games. While your dog has a wonderful innate ability to scent, nosework will present fun and interesting challenges which will make your dog more physically and mentally fit as well as to help solidify your relationship with your dog. Anne Lill Kvam's The Canine Kingdom of Scent provides you all you need to know in terms of training techniques and tips so that you and your dog can both get all the benefits from doing nosework.
You will learn:
How to motivate your dog to follow a scent trail or find a hidden item through the use of positive reinforcement and effective rewards.
The importance of teaching your dog is step-by-step increments and allowing sufficient times for breaks and relaxation.
The best way to teach your dog the names of his toys, find lost keys, and how to retrieve items left on a track.
All about the pancake tracking method used to begin to teach your dog how to track and then how to keep your dog challenged as he begins to tackle more difficult tracking exercises.
Praise for The Canine Kingdom of Scent
The Canine Kingdom of Scent is an intriguing book for both the experienced trainer and the pet owner who simply wishes to have a great time training nosework with any dog. Anne Lill's positive and structured training program provides recipes to help the dog (and the handler) become calm, confident and focused for success. She includes a wide range of nosework activities from search dog training and to a wide range of fun and useful behaviors anyone can teach their own canine pal.
Carolyn A. Krause, Author of Try Tracking!, AKC Tracking Test Judge Emeritus, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Animal Assisted Therapy Trainer/Handler
Anne Lill Kvam began working with search and rescue and scent discrimination dogs in the 1980's. After studying at the Turid Rugaas Dog Trainer School, she has been working full time with dogs including a three year period in Angola teaching dogs and their handlers how to detect land mines. Anne Lill gives seminars worldwide and her positive and natural training methods have found an enthusiastic audience.
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What reviewers are saying...
Midwest Book Review
A well trained dog is a good addition to a happy family. "The Toolbox for Building a Great Family Dog" is a guide for those who want to help their dogs be more harmonious with their family with simple training techniques. With tips on understanding the dog and understanding what needs to be done for one's family and more, Terry Ryan creates a very useful compendium of information. "The Toolbox" is not a read to be overlooked for dog lovers.
James A. Cox