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Winner of The Merial Human Animal Bond Award
Winner of the 2008 Indie Book Awards for Animals/Pets
Winner of the IIACAB Award for 2007 Best Dog Book (Misc.)

Do you have an impossible dog?
Does your dog come when called, heel properly when you go for a walk, and sit quietly when you ask him to? If your answer is a resounding No! then you may think you have an impossible dog. But think again! Most kinds of dogs that people have trouble training (typically Hounds, Terriers, and some Northern Breeds) actually have many characteristics that make them quite trainable they are smart, are good problem solvers, and have strong drives to get what they want.
The key to training success with these dogs is to figure out what they find rewarding and then use those rewards to get the behavior you want. You'll be amazed at what your bad dog will do when you know how he thinks and what turns him on!

Call them stubborn, call them independent but don't give up!
Find out why you shouldn't train your Pigs Fly dog like he's a Lab or a Golden.
Learn how to make your dog operant, a dog who willingly tries to seek out the right behavior in return for a reward instead of always trying to get away with something bad.
You don't need to constantly feed your dog to get good behavior. Learn how to use play and other activities your dog enjoys as effective rewards.

Experts praise When Pigs Fly
For those who believe that Bull Terriers are uncontrollable, strong-willed clowns, Jane Killion's When Pigs Fly will open your eyes. Highly readable! Read. Enjoy. Benefit.
David Merriam, Vice Chairman, American Kennel Club.

A fresh, exciting, and thought-provoking way to look at your dog with new eyes and understanding. While there is some basic training in the book, seasoned trainers should take this book seriously. If you have tried other training books and been unsuccessful in seeing progress with your supposedly difficult dog, When Pigs Fly is the book for you.
Pam Dennison, Author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training and Click Your Way to Rally Obedience.

Easy, step by step instructions on how to work with your dog and develop a long lasting, satisfying bond. Her pictures and straight forward language demonstrate how to work through the various training exercises.
Erin Schaefer, Five time FCA Agility World Team Member.

Author Jane Killion lives with a house full of Bull Terriers and a very wise cat. She breeds and shows Bullies and has put 21 titles on her dogs in Breed, Obedience, Agility, and Rally. She is a frequent contributor to dog publications and first-time book author. She hosts an annual gathering of Bull Terriers and owners called Bullypalooza at her home in Blairstown, New Jersey.

What reviewers are saying...

When Pigs Fly! focuses on training dogs from the "non-biddable" breeds such as terriers and hounds. Author Jane Killion uses her own Bull Terriers to illustrate how to work with "Pigs Fly" dogs While this book is geared toward the average dog owner, there is plenty of excellent information and ideas for dog trainers who may find ideas for dog trainers who may find themselves challenged by clients' dogs who fit this description The book contains many photographs that provide step-by-step instructions on teaching behaviors, as well as shaping, types of equipment, and playing with your dog. I enjoyed the presentation in the photos of a variety of "non-traditional" breeds such as her Bull Terriers, as well as Pugs, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Basenjis, Beagles, and Newfoundlands. As a bully breed and mixed breed dog owner myself, I always appreciate "equal time" for dogs you don't normally see in the training ring I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to owners and trainers of any breed of dog.
Mychelle Blake, MSW, CDBC

I have had the recent pleasure of reading Jane Killion's When Pigs Fly!. In her first book, Jane has constructed an admirable training manual appropriate not just for impossible dogs, but every dog and dog owner. An experience trainer inspired to new methods by her own dogs, a herd of Bull Terriers, Jane's friendly, open style and succinct instruction will make this volume a valuable addition to any training library Introducing the concept of training the Pigs Fly dog, Jane points out differences between biddable breeds such as most Herding dogs, and less biddable, more independent dogs such as Terriers and Hounds. She highlights one main difference, taking time to emphasize the fact that intelligence is not measure in cooperation with a handler, but in the ability to solve problems presented to the dog. Most biddable breeds learn quickly with direction from a handler, but don't take the initiative to solve problems without directions at first. However, most Pigs Fly dogs excel at independent problem solving skills and are keen to attempt solutions without instructions for a handler. Jane proposes that the key to successful and cooperative training of a Pigs Fly dog is creating an operant dog. She goes into great detail but remains easily understood, explaining what makes a dog operant and why this helps every dog learn more quickly I would highly recommend Jane's book to any dog owner, not just Pigs Fly owners From the first time dog owner to the seasoned instructor looking for new ideas, anyone can come away from reading When Pigs Fly! with a fresh perspective and energized to play.
Monique Feyrecilde, LVT

Does your dog come when called, heel properly when you go for a walk, and sit quietly when you ask him to? If your answer is a resounding No! then you may think you have an impossible dog, a Pigs Fly dog, one you may think can never be trained. But in this fresh and exciting book author Jane Killion asks us to think again. She explains that many kinds of dogs that people have trouble training actually have characteristics that make them quite trainable they are smart, they are good problem solvers, and they have strong drives to get what they want. The key to training success with these dogs is to work with the dog's nature, not against it. That is, figure out what they find rewarding and then use those rewards to get the desired behavior. I'm giving this book to a friend with a Shiba Enu puppy!
Judy Johns, Managing Editor

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    When Pigs Fly!

    Posted by Amy on 11th Oct 2020

    This is a fantastic book. First, it was a huge relief to realize I was not alone in having a dog who seems impossible to train. I could see my dog in the author's descriptions and that gave me some hope. Second, while I was concerned about how well I could learn dog training from a book (vs. a video or a class), the author does a great job of explaining her recommended methods clearly. They are very practical and not complicated. It turns out that my dog is totally panicked by the sound of the clicker (even the one where you can adjust the volume), and I was afraid that all hope was lost. But the author explains that this sometimes happens and offers alternative approaches when this is the case. Her instructions are clear enough that I could develop some training techniques without the clicker.