One of the reasons we share our lives with dogs is to enjoy their company – while they help us loosen our grip on this no-nonsense, career-driven world. Once you and your canine pal have serious training (for obedience, basic good behavior, and so on) under the belt, you can take the edge off by injecting the whole training process with some fun tricks and games.
Tricks and games are open to dogs of all sizes, shapes, and ages. Every dog can learn to do something they’ll enjoy. A Poodle, for example, can learn to dance. A retriever needs to fetch. Bichon Frises love their parlor tricks. Huskies want to pull a sled, herders love to herd, and so on. As for you, the dog owner, you need to be sure your pooch knows who’s in charge. You need to be the trainer, not the trained, before you and your dog can move on to tricks and games.
Dog Tricks For Dummies makes trick training fun for you and your dog. You can teach simple tricks, like wagging the tail on command, and more complex ones, like fetching a soda from the refrigerator. This handy guide also shows you how to
- Use basic commands such as Sit, Stay, Down, and Go.
- Teach good manners: Potty in one place, settle in one spot, pick up toys
- Identify your dog's personality: Eager Beaver, Comedian, Bully, and more
- Keep injuries at bay with a health plan
- Teach jumps (and when not to jump)
- Have fun in the snow: Sledding, skijoring, and tunneling
- Go hiking, backpacking, or carting with your dog
- Train your dog to run an agility course
- Play Frisbee and flyball
- Participate in pet therapy and at kids' parties
Sharing your life with a dog shouldn’t be a militaristic venture, selfishly designed around what you want your dog to do. Owning a dog is about joining two different species, two different spirits, in a way that will make the world better for both.
About the Author
Sarah Hodgson has been training dogs for more than a decade and has appeared on TV shows such as NBC's Today and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. She is the author of several dog books.
Table of Contents
PART I: Getting from "No!" to "Good Dog!".
Chapter 1: Presenting .! The ABCs of Trick Training.
Chapter 2: Starting Off on the Right Paw: "Doglish" and Basic Commands.
Chapter 3: Teaching "Good Manners" Tricks.
PART II: Preparing for New Adventures.
Chapter 4: Nurturing Your Dog's Natural Abilities.
Chapter 5: Feeding for Fitness.
Chapter 6: K-911: Keeping Injuries at Bay with a Health Plan.
PART III: Training for Tricks: Ready, Set, Go.
Chapter 7: Playing on Your Dog's Emotions.
Chapter 8: Pawing Around.
Chapter 9: Hip, Hop: Teaching to Jump.
Chapter 10: Sounding Off: Barking, Singing on Cue.
Chapter 11: Go Fetch!
Chapter 12: Butler Dog: Keeping the House Tidy.
Chapter 13: Sledding, Skijoring, Sliding B-r-r-r-r Tricks.
Chapter 14: Hiking, Backpacking, Carting.
PART IV: Expanding Your Repertoire.
Chapter 15: Running the Agility Course.
Chapter 16: Track and Field: Training for Breed and Mixed-Breed Events.
Chapter 17: Forming a Frisbee Partnership.
Chapter 18: Playing Flyball All Dogs Invited.
PART V: Presenting Your Dog at Center Stage.
Chapter 19: Double-Oh-Seven Dog: Finding Lost Treasure.
Chapter 20: Parlor Tricks: Teaching the Old Favorites with a New Spin.
Chapter 21: Taking a Bow Wow!
Chapter 22: Turning Pro: Show Me the Money.
Chapter 23: Getting Invitations to Perform.
PART VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 24: Ten-Plus Top Dogs in U.S. Culture.
Chapter 25: Ten-Part Test of Good Canine Citizenship.
Chapter 26 Ten Best Web Sites for Dogs.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an interesting read, while I did find that some of the tricks are alittle over the top and if not impossible for example getting dog to bring can of coke?? I did teach my dog to fetch by using this book...so it was good for something, she now sits at my leg as I type this barking repeatedly and holding up her toy so that I can throw it for her and repeat.
Amazing tricks to teach your dog, freakin' awesome!!! =D
Sarah Hodgson has written another great book on training from a realistic and humane school of thought. Entertaining reading covering tricks of all degrees of involvement and utility.