Fired Up, Frantic and Freaked Out: Training The Crazy Dog From Over The Top To Under Control

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Laura VanArendonk Baugh
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Some dogs need a little help. Some dogs are afraid, or excited, or reactive. Dogs that don't listen and go crazy don't live the lives we - or they - want.

Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out can change that. Simple steps and an accessible, conversational tone from award-winning, internationally-known trainer Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP make calming the agitated dog not only possible, but pleasant.

Inside you'll learn how to:
*Achieve change in short, simple training sessions of a minute or less
*Maximize the effects of natural brain chemistry
*Know when to call in medical help
* Clean up unreliable behaviors in both overexcited sport dogs and pets at home
*Recognize how fear, aggression, and excitement are variants of the same root problem
The conversational tone is both informative and fun very accessible, and it feels like the reader has a consulting trainer standing at her shoulder! Bring your dog from emotional to thoughtful, and enjoy a calmer, more enriched life with your best friend.

I'm loving it! Laura has managed not only to write a clear and incredibly important book, she's really funny too! Her way of writing, the images in her language, and the diagrams make this book really stand out; there's no way to misunderstand the concepts she's presenting. Emelie Johnson Vegh, co-author of Agility Right from the Start

Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP has been working with dogs and horses since childhood, and she began training professionally in 1999. Laura was one of the earliest dog trainers to achieve national certification, scoring 98% on her written exam. She enjoys pursuing continuing education more than anyone should, and she has presented internationally on behavior. Laura is particularly fascinated by the science of altering behavior. Her instructional videos are popularly recommended and used in presentations on clicker training, and one has even made its way into a Harvard behavior class! In January 2008 Laura became a Certified Training Partner with the highly-regarded Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, and she returned to the Academy as an instructor, teaching certification workshops around the country. You can find Laura at and at

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  • 4
    Fired up frantic and freaked out

    Posted by Kate McElligatt on 1st Aug 2023

    Good book but it does use clicker training so will be most helpful to people who are wanting to do clicker training.

  • 5
    Fired Up, Frantic and Freaked Out

    Posted by Suzanne on 18th Aug 2022

    A book I wish I read before I ever had a companion animal. Real life situations and solutions that can be applied by professionals and the rest of us. Thank you

  • 3

    Posted by Ron and Yvonne Bevacqua on 30th Oct 2018

    The book has some wonderful ideas but it’s presentation has sooo much to be desired.

  • 5
    High drive dogs in need of focus

    Posted by Alexandra Sedlacek on 27th Mar 2018

    Excellent training ideas in this book. I bought this copy as a gift for a pro trainer.

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 15th Feb 2018

    This book is a quick read packed with loads of easy to understand valuable information and tips. I, myself, have a frantic and freaked out dog and nothing has been able to help. I can't wait to try the information I've gathered from this book to start retraining him!