Is your dog ever “crazy?” Do you want to do something about it? Are you sometimes confused by all the training information you hear and read? Then there is a book for you.
“Fired Up, Frantic and Freaked Out: Training Crazy Dogs from Over-the-Top to Under Control” provides instructions on what you can do to help your dog as well as giving you enough information to understand what is going on without being overcomplicated.
Author Laura VanArendonk Baugh, CPDT-KA KPACTP uses humor, plain talk and examples you can relate to tell you:
· Why your dog may get so crazy
· Why waiting until your dog is acting crazy to do something is, well, crazy
· How to teach your dog to handle situations without getting overwhelmed
She successfully used the method in the book with her own Doberman, Laevatein, as well as the many dogs she has worked with since beginning her professional training career in 1999. During that time, she has heard all the reason it won’t work and counters a number of the objections such as:
· He’s not interested in food while he’s reacting
· He’s just too excited;
· That’s just who he is, and it’s wrong and cruel to want to change it
· He’s not stressed, distressed, afraid, or frantic, he’s just stubborn
· I don’t have time to train the dog
She explains how foundation behaviors like targeting and settling on a mat can help and gives easy-to-understand instructions and important reminders on how to use these tools to teach your dog to be calmer and happier.
The book includes references to a lot of other wonderful training resources, a glossary of important terms that you may have seen but not fully understood, and a description of stress indicators that will give you even more insight into your dog’s behavior.
If you have read a lot of training books or if this is the first one you have consulted, you will come away with a wealth of information that will make a difference for both you and your dog.
To read more about Laura VanArendonk Baugh and her training, visit www.caninesinaction.com.