Dog Training For Dummies by Jack Volhard & Wendy Volhard

Dog Training For Dummies

By Jack Volhard & Wendy Volhard

  • Release Date: 2010-06-22
  • Genre: Pets
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Make training fun and effective
This friendly guide shows you how to select the right training method for your dog, based on his unique personality, to reach your desired goals. Whether you want to teach Buddy to sit or master retrieving, you'll get expert training tips and techniques for you and your dog — to ensure a mutually respectful relationship with your four-legged friend.

Concentrate on canines — discover why your dog acts the way she does, understand her nutritional needs, and ready yourself for the task of training your dog

Prep for your pup — prepare your home for your puppy's arrival, discover the importance of socialization, and get started on housetraining

Put your best paw forward — teach basic commands like Sit, Stay, and Down, and get the scoop on how to deal with doggie don'ts like chewing, digging, and excessive barking

Take training to the next level — get involved in organized dog activities and competitions, where you'll both show off impressive tricks like retrieving, figure 8s, and much more

Open the book and find:

Step-by-step instructions for teaching your dog basic commands

Helpful advice on crate training

Safe ways to address aggression and separation anxiety

Tips for teaching Buddy to behave himself around people and other dogs

Techniques to keep your senior dog feeling young

Health issues that can interfere with training

Experts to turn to for training help

Learn to:

Use positive reinforcement as an effective teaching tool

Select the gear you need for training success

Teach the basics including Sit, Stay, and Down

Eliminate unwanted behavior


  • Not so sure...

    By YBuzz
    This book has some good overall advice, especially about general care, nutrition, the growth stages puppies go through etc, but when it comes down to basic training the methods are very odd. Its a little outdated - lots of pushing and pulling the dog into positions instead of teaching the dog to problem solve by using treats. Where it does use treats as lures its as a 'preliminary' stage, encouraging the dog to sit by using a treat for example, but then recommends teaching the dog to sit on command by pulling on their collar and giving the command. You could just as easily link the command to the act using a treat or toy lure, and saying the cue as they sit but they don't... It also actively encourages the use of punitive 'quick fixes' like electrified 'scat-mats' spray and shock collars at one point, instead of encouraging people to manage their dog's environment and train them!