Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz is a very special trainer. She knows dogs instinctively, and, drawing on lessons she learned from raising three children, she uses the power of positive reinforcement and bonding to train dogs to be joyful, obedient, and devoted members of a family. Dog lovers throughout the Washington, DC, area know her: She trained each of the late Senator Ted Kennedyâ™s dogs, and when the Obama family were deciding on a puppyâ and could have chosen any trainer in the world to work withâit was Ms Sylvia-Stasiewicz who trained Bo. In The Love That Dog Training Program , a lively, accessible, authoritative book, she shares her invaluable and proven program. Her method is based on positive reinforcement. She believes in trust and treats, not choke collars; in bonding, not squeezing or hitting. Her dogs are happy and self-confident, spirited yet very well-behaved. The basic program is five weeks, it takes only 15 or 20 minutes a day, and it works for both puppies and dogs, including retraining a dog with bad habits. Illustrated with step-by-step photographs, The Love That Dog Training Program covers hand-feeding. Crate training and potty training. Simple commandsâ sit, stay, come here âas well as more complex goals, such as bite inhibition and water safety. It shows how to avoid or correct common behavioral problems including jumping, barking, noise phobias, hiding, and more. Then: how to make your dog comfortable in the worldâa dog that travels well, knows how to behave in a dog park or vetâ™s office, is comfortable around strangers, and more. As the author points out, dog training never ends, it just gets easierâand even more rewarding.
The love that dog training program
New York, NY :, Workman Pub.,, c2010.
xiii, 290 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
The basics. My approach to dog training ; Preparing for dog training
The fundamentals program. Feeding, potty training, and crating ; Week one : Fundamentals training program ; Week two : Training in everyday life ; Week three : Advancing to verbal cues ; Week four : Completing the foundation ; Week five : Reviewing the basic skills
The next steps. Training games and activities ; Clicker training and dog tricks ; Behavior problems ; Your dog in the world
Appendix 1. Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate test prep course
Appendix 2. Specialized training.
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