The core of this book is the same pet manners curriculum that I teach to local dog owners every day. As you work through the exercises, you'll train your dog how to sit, lie down, come when called, leave it, stay, settle on a mat, walk politely on a leash, potty promptly when asked and more.
And in the process of teaching those behaviors to your dog, you'll pick up a few new skills yourself! You'll learn fundamental concepts of dog training such as the three ways to build any new behavior, how to train effectively with positive reinforcement, how to attach a cue to any behavior, how to level up the difficulty on your dog's skills and all the techniques you'll need to train a totally new trick from scratch without a recipe holding your hand.
If you and your dog both do your homework, by the end of the book, you'll know the basics of how to teach a dog anything (some assembly required).
What experts are saying aboutLevel Up Your Dog Training:
Level Up Your Dog Training is an accessible and personable guide for non-professionals to work toward professional results. With warmth and humor, Watson lays out not just step-by-step instructions, but background for why we do it this way.
Laura VanArendonk Baugh, KPA-CTP CPDT-KA
Author of Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out
Author of Social, Civil and Savvy
The perfect book for the dog owner who wants to have a well-trained dog and also wants a peek into the science behind efficient training. As a dog trainer, I'm impressed at the seamless way Natalie Bridger Watson weaves together the practical and educational components of training. This is the book I've been wanting to recommend for my students who want to dig a little deeper into the why and how of training.
Abigail Curtis, DVM CPDT-KA
Co-founder of International Dog Parkour Association
Co-owner of Adventure Unleashed Dog Training
Natalie Bridger Watson spent most of her childhood with her arms full of either (a) a wide variety of excellent books or (b) a wide variety of excellent pets that she probably smuggled home in secret to forestall her parents’ protests, so it should surprise exactly no one that she now writes books, works with animals and lives with her own zoo of high-maintenance herdy dogs.
When Bridger is not writing epic fantasy novels, she’s probably training a dog. She runs a positive reinforcement dog training business by day, trains her own dogs by night and occasionally travels the east coast of the US to compete with other dog trainers in dog sports on the weekend for a busman’s holiday. Her dogs are nationally ranked in their respective sports and Bridger hopes to someday be as accomplished as they are.