by Eugenie Chopin
Book of the Month: How to RIGHT a Dog gone WRONG by Pamela S. Dennison – A Roadmap for Rehabilitating Aggressive Dogs
This is a fabulous resource for the everyday dog owner who suddenly finds himself dealing with the challenges of an aggressive dog. How to Right a Dog Gone Wrong makes it easy to understand why our dogs sometimes behave in scary ways, and gives owners easy to follow recommendations to help their dogs succeed and thrive. Ths book will top my “must-read” list for clients with aggressive dogs.” – Melissa Alexander, author of “Click for Joy” .
EDITOR’S NOTE: I’ve dipped enough into this book to know that I want to read more. It starts out by explaining the things that we, as owners do to accelerate the aggression, which it so important for people to understand. One of my favourite paragraphs is:
“You must give up using punishment as a method for controlling aggressive behaviour. The Merck Veterinary Manual, in “Behavioural Problems Associated with Canine Aggression,” states: “Almost without exception, physical punishment, including the use of prong collars and electric shock collars, alpha rolls, and dominance downs can make an already aggressive dog worse. Owners should be discouraged from using these techniques.”
Website of the Month: www.clickerdogs.com
Susan Barrett is a great proponent of Clicker Training and has written a couple of books on shaping, weave poles, jumping, etc. Go have a look at the articles section for some interesting reading!
- Jean Donaldson has a video about how to condition your dog to the Gentle
Leader: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wakterNyUg; Of course, this is useful for acclimatizing to any Head Collar or in fact any new piece of equipment.
- Fitting an Easy Walk Harness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiPMj2qAl1Q&feature=fvw
- Do you think you can train a Rhino to “sit”, down and roll over? Well have a look at this video! http://www.clickertraining.com/node/2352/print
- Beautiful song on God and Dog – a treat for dog lovers; GoD And DoG by WJ Francisco: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H17edn_RZoY