The Power of Positive Dog Training

The Power of Positive Dog Training

by Pat Miller

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Updated with the latest tools and techniques—including the clicker method

Renowned dog trainer Pat Miller gives you the positive training tools you need to ensure that you and your dog share a lifetime of fun, companionship, and respect. Following her step-by-step, six-week basic training program, you'll learn how to develop a relationship with your dog based on friendship and positive reinforcement, not fear and punishment. Plus, you'll get:

  • Information on the importance of observing, understanding, and reacting appropriately to your dog's body language
  • Instructions on how to phase out the use of a clicker and treats to introduce more advanced training concepts
  • A helpful diary to track progress, suggestions for delicious treats your dog will respond to, and a glossary of training terms

Whether you've never trained a dog or are just switching over to positive training, with Pat's proven method you'll discover that training your four-legged friend is easy, fun, and effective. Now that's The Power of Positive Dog Training.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470294093
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/15/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 268,599
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Pat Miller has been a dog trainer for over thirty years. She is the founder of Peaceable Paws Dog&Puppy Training Center and is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She is a leading proponent of positive dog training techniques, and her columns on training are read by thousands in publications such as Whole Dog Journal.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Foreword     xiii
Pat's Positive Training Principles     xv
Partners in Training: Laying the Relationship Foundation     1
Dogs Just Want to Have Fun     3
Train with Your Brain, Not Pain     7
Operant Conditioning     9
The Pitfalls of Positive Punishment     11
The Benefits of Positive Reinforcement     14
Dogs Just Want to Have Fun, Redux     15
How Can I Answer If I Don't Understand the Question?     17
Soft Feathers on a Duck     18
A Dog's-Eye View of Training     20
Let Me Hear Your Body Talk     23
Cross-Species Communication     24
The Good News     26
A Two-Way Street     27
I Read You Loud and Clear     29
Body Parts     31
Major Misunderstanding     35
Stress and Threat Signals     36
A New Leash on Life     41
Training Equipment     42
Management Tools     47
The Shape of Things to Come     53
Offered Behaviors     54
Elicited Behaviors     55
Management versus Training     56
ShouldYou Ever Punish?     59
The Trick Is in the Training: Basic Exercises     63
It's All Tricks     65
Choosing Your Classroom-Where Should You Train?     67
The Basic Training Recipe     68
Using Your Tools Positively     71
The First Week-Sit Happens     75
Core Exercises     76
Bonus Game     87
The Second Week-On Target     91
Core Exercises     92
Bonus Games     107
The Third Week-Take It to the Limit     111
Core Exercises     112
Bonus Games     117
The Fourth Week-Everyone Needs Her Own Spot     123
Core Exercises     124
Bonus Games     134
The Fifth Week-Up and Over!     139
Core Exercises     140
Bonus Games     146
The Sixth Week-Well, Excuse Me!     153
Core Exercises     154
Bonus Games     158
Click! and Jackpot!     163
Ain't Misbehavin': Addressing Behavior Challenges     169
The Poisoned Cue (And Other Important Training Concepts)     171
Habituation/Learned Irrelevance/The Poisoned Cue     172
Salience      174
Blocking     174
Fading the Lure     175
Extinction     176
Generalization     178
Chaining and Backchaining     178
The Principle of Parsimony     180
Pees on Earth: Happy Housetraining!     181
Housetraining Is Simple     182
When Housetraining Isn't Simple     186
Canine Social Misfits     187
They've Got to Be Carefully Taught     189
Outcomes     194
Don't Worry, Be Happy     195
Choose Your Chews     196
Can You Dig It?     199
A Bark in the Park     201
One Is the Loneliest Number     205
Canine Separation Anxiety     207
Behavior Modification     209
A Biting Commentary     213
Too Much Stress = Possible Biting     214
Classifications of Aggression     216
Classifications of Bites     217
The Green-Eyed Monster     219
Resource Guarding     220
Paws Off My Person!     224
Doggone It!     225
And Baby Makes Three     227
Dogs and Babies     228
Dogs and Kids      232
Epilogue: Choosing Your Animal-Care Professionals     235
How to Choose a Dog-Training Professional     236
Doggy Day Planners     239
Delicious Treats and Delightful Rewards     247
Canine Activity Contact Information     249
Resources     257
Glossary of Training Cues and Terms     261
Index     265

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Power of Positive Dog Training 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read A LOT of dog training books. My shelves are packed with books on dogs. I'd have to say out of all the books I have, this one is the best because the way the book shows you to teach your dog is in such a way that will make your dog very very solid in how well he responds to your commands. It also teaches you how to get your dog to respond to you in distracting environments which is a definite plus because it doesn't matter how well trained your dog is if he won't listen away from home! I say that if you want a super well trained dog, this book will show you how to make your dog into one.
treetopcc More than 1 year ago
Have read and refer back to this book often. It was suggested to us by our local humane society. My wife and I own a black lab / newfoundland dog that we rescued. After 3 days this method of training stopped our dog from jumping up when excited. After 2 weeks we were able to have a house trained dog. Keeping a river of pee from greeting us in the morning was alone worth the price of the book. Training does work and is a positive experience for both you and your best friend to boot. Must buy for dog owners.
Kailin More than 1 year ago
This is an EASY wonderful read. If you want to improve your relationship with your dog. I have a 6 month old great dane and I was really intereste in Clicker training. We started clicker training with her at 8 weeks old (the day we got her) and her training has just become so much fun. The thing that I found and sometimes still find is getting upset easily and then it becomes not fun for her or me.. With this book it really has put things into perspective. I would recommend this book to ANYONE that trully cares about their for legged friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pat Miller writes clear and easy to follow instructions on how to train your dog. A book every dog owner should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very practical and informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved reading this book! As a dog trainer (& member of APDT), I found this book very helpful. It taught me a lot that I will use in my training.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just recently got a puppy and have very little experience training dogs. My wife has always been the animal lover. This gave me a lot of insights into why she says or does things with the dogs. The exercise section is great and I have already started with the clicker training. Great book with great information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I needed some help with training aggression out of my dog. Although it wasn't to helpful with the aggressive part, this is an awesome book. Training should be fun
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When I read this book, I closed it and the next day I started to read it again. This time I was going to highlight parts that I would use. I like the author's tone throughout the book and basically it made complete sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read and good intro to clicker training- if you're into clicker training. Well organized and lighthearted.
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Jim_Gregor More than 1 year ago
This book had some good advice on training your dog. I bought it and read it within a couple of days. I wish it wasn't so long, but definitely gave some good advice. I also bought "Dog Training Academy: Obedience Training For Dogs" which is really short, but gave me just what I needed without the fluff. Both books helped me train our family dog Austin - well he's still a pup but growing fast. In any case, I recommend this one.
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