The Dog Listener: Learn How to Communicate with Your Dog for Willing Cooperation

The Dog Listener: Learn How to Communicate with Your Dog for Willing Cooperation

Jan Fennell

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 0060089466

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In The Dog Listener Jan Fennell shares her revolutionary insight into the canine world and its instinctive language that has enabled her to bring even the most delinquent of dogs to heel. This easy-to-follow guide draws on Jan's countless case histories of problem dogs—from biters and barkers to bicycle chasers—to show how you can bridge the language barrier that separates you from your dog.

This edition includes a new 30-Day Training Guide to further incorporate Jan's powerful method into every element of pet ownership, including:

  • Understanding what it means to care for a dog
  • Choosing the right dog for you
  • Introducing your dog to its new home
  • Overcoming separation anxiety
  • Walking on a leash
  • Dealing with behavioral problems
  • Grooming
  • And much more

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wider world— and the day when you take your dog for its first walk. Again, it is important to stress that all dogs must be treated as individuals and allowed to develop at their own pace. In general, I recommend that you wait seven days before actually venturing out. Some owners, however, will have to wait much longer before venturing out. The reason for this is simply that not all dogs will be capable of progressing this quickly. Rescue dogs with particularly nervous dispositions may have to

him to—something that had never happened in the house before. Until then, Tim had looked at the humans in the house as if they were total idiots. Progress was, however, painfully slow. Jenny often felt that, for every step forward, she was taking two back. Soon after she had begun to get Tim to come to her, he began rebelling. He would run upstairs and pull all her shoes out of the bedroom wardrobe. She had to put a gate there to stop him trashing the room. To be fair to Jenny, the situation was

feelings. I trained Shane with my father, according to the technique Dad had used himself in raising his dogs as a young boy. Dad was a gentle man, but he was also determined the dog was going to do what we said. If Shane did something wrong, he got a tap on the nose or a smack on his bottom. But I got a smack on the bottom too and I thought it was OK, particu- larly as Shane was an extremely smart creature and seemed to understand what we wanted. I can still remember the pride I used to feel at

them they have come more than two or three feet toward me. I have seen dogs that freeze at the sight of any- one dressed in uniform. On many occasions I have seen dogs who display the ultimate signal of submission and simply flat- ten themselves out on their belly and wet themselves. I am sure I will continue to come across new manifestations of this prob- lem for as long as I continue to work with dogs. The root cause of this behavior is always the same, however. The dog is simply overwhelmed by

give your dog during this very early stage. It is all too easy to drown a dog with too much affection, making it hyperactive, needy, and potentially problematic further down the line. It is also not necessary for you to interact with your dog after each and every separation. By simply ignoring the dog and going on with your daily routine, you are still relaying the central message that you are in charge of its movements. The fact that the dog is not invited to join you will further underline the

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