Play Your Way to Good Manners: Getting the Best Behavior from Your Dog Through Sports, Games, and Tricks

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Kate Naito and Sarah Westcott
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The Power of Play Have you ever wondered why dogs struggle to learn polite manners such as Come and Off, but they seem to naturally pick up Paw and Fetch? Because these things are fun, of course! Dogs are playful animals, and they learn best when they enjoy the task at hand. Play Your Way to Good Manners shows you how to approach your dog's manners training as a collection of cool tricks, exciting sports moves, and interactive games, changing your dog's attitude from "I have to do it" to "I want to do it." Accomplished dog trainers Kate Naito and Sarah Westcott have drawn from techniques used in canine sports, games, and trick training, and applied them to a positive-reinforcement manners training program that you and your dog can easily follow. Inside Play Your Way to Good Manners you’ll learn strategies to teach your dog: · Impulse control indoors, outdoors, and around distractions such as food or other dogs · Coming to you, even in the park · Polite leash walking · Controlled interactions with kids and guests · Games to burn energy and encourage good manners

Kate Naito is a CPDT-KA certified dog trainer, Manners Program Director at Doggie Academy, and author of BKLN Manners™: Positive Training Solutions for Your Unruly Urban Dog. An avid writer and experienced educator with an MS in teaching, Kate was an editor and writer of feature articles for an equine publication (now called Equine Journal), and currently writes positive-training articles for and maintains a training blog at Kate is a rescue advocate who has volunteered for many causes, currently coordinating the monthly newsletter for Blind Dog Rescue Alliance.

Sarah Westcott, CPDT-KSA, is the founder of Doggie Academy and the Brooklyn Dog Training Center. Sarah enjoys training and competing in agility with her Lab mix Hank and Border Collie Fever. Sarah and Hank were honored to be amongst the competitors at the very first Master's Agility Championship at Westminster and were thrilled to win the 24" Excellent Standard class. In less than a year, Fever reached the Masters level in AKC Agility. Sarah and Fever also enjoy training in sheep herding, dock diving and disc dog. Both dogs have appeared on TV, including Blacklist: Redemption and the upcoming Netflix show Seven Seconds.