Dog Training For Dummies, 3rd Edition

By Jack Volhard   |   Published On: Jul 1, 2010
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Make training fun and effective with the Wiley Dog Training For Dummies, 3rd Edition. Whether you want to teach your dog to sit or become a pro retriever, this friendly guide shows you how to select the right training method based on your own dog’s unique personality. You’ll get all the expert training tips and techniques for you and your dog, so you can enjoy a mutually respectful relationship with your four-legged friend while achieving your goals.

Taking a concentration on the canines, this book allows you to discover why your dog acts the way she does, understand her food needs, and ready yourself for the task of training. Including step-by-step instructions for teaching basic dog commands, helpful advice on crate training, what to do about separation anxiety, and how to handle destructive behavior like digging and chewing, it’s your go-to guide for a happy, well-behaved and socialized pet. There’s even advice on getting your home ready for a puppy, advanced tricks, positive reinforcement, what gear to use and techniques to keep senior dogs feeling young.

About the Author

Jack and Wendy Volhard are internationally recognized for their contributions to dog training, health, and nutrition. At the heart of their teaching is the "Motivational Method," a unique approach to training that is aimed at people who value dogs first and foremost as pets and companions.

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  • Dimensions
    9.25 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight
    1.9 pounds
  • Series
    For Dummies
  • Edition
    3rd Edition
  • Pages
  • Subject
  • ISBN-13
  • Format
  • ISBN-10
  • Author
    Jack Volhard, Wendy Volhard
  • Publication Date
    Jul 1, 2010
  • Publisher
  • Made in
    United States
Table of Contents


Part I: Setting the Stage for Successful Training.

  • Chapter 1: Dog Training: The Key to Your Dog’s Safety and Your Sanity.
  • Chapter 2: Canine Psychology 101: Getting to Know Your Dog.
  • Chapter 3: Developing Training Savvy.
  • Chapter 4: Understanding the Vital Role Nutrition and Health Play in Training.
  • Chapter 5: Gearing Up for Training Success.

Part II: Performing Puppy Preliminaries.

  • Chapter 6: Surviving Your Puppy’s Growth Periods.
  • Chapter 7: Starting Puppy on the Right Paw.
  • Chapter 8: Honing In on Housetraining.

Part III: Tackling Training Basics.

  • Chapter 9: Mastering Some Fundamentals: Sit, Down, Stay, and Leave It.
  • Chapter 10: Canine Cruise Control: Walking on Leash and Coming When Called.
  • Chapter 11: Dealing with Common Doggie Don'ts.

Part IV: Taking Training to the Next Level.

  • Chapter 12: Participating in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Programs.
  • Chapter 13: Training for Fun and Competition.
  • Chapter 14: Completing the Companion Dog Title.
  • Chapter 15: Retrieving.

Part V: Dealing with Special Situations.

  • Chapter 16: Addressing Aggression.
  • Chapter 17: Helping Your Hound Handle Special Situations.
  • Chapter 18: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Keeping Your Senior Young.
  • Chapter 19: Supplementing Your Training Efforts with Expert Help.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

  • Chapter 20: Ten Training Traps and How to Avoid Them.
  • Chapter 21: Ten Fun and Exciting Sporting Activities.
  • Chapter 22: Ten Reasons Dogs Do What They Do.
  • Chapter 23: Ten Tricks for Fun and Games.



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    Great Book

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    Easy to read ! Very informative. It was delivered early! Can’t wait to practice what I read when new furry family member arrives.

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    Great basic information book!

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    This book offers great basic information. Great if you are just wanting to learn not only basic training but also more about how your dog works, what kind of dog you have, and even what breed of dog would work best in your home and how to handle them properly.

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    Book to help train your dog

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    Book was very good and helpful. Good ideas and lots of help to train puppy

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Reference Book

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    Husband and wife team have written several training books that are a good read. Their methods are used in classes I have taken.....I would buy this book again. 4 star rating... only because I personally do not care for the title...

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