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Renee PremazaPhone: 609-280-9338Email: renee@JerseyDogTrainer.com

Links to Excellent Books on Dog Training

The following is my recommended list of books on this subject; all of these books are available at dogwise.

 

Culture Clash
by Jean Donaldson
Don’t Shoot the Dog
by Karen Pryor
bc-aggression Aggression in Dogs: Practical Management, Prevention & Behaviour Modification
by Brenda Aloff
bc-canine Canine Aggression Workbook
by James O’Heare
bc-cautious Cautious Canine
by Dr. Patricia B. McConnell
bc-feeling Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage & Enjoy a Multi-Dog Household
by Dr. Patricia B. McConnell
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Positive Dog Training
by Pamela Dennison

(this easy to read guide to clicker training is available at Amazon.com)

 

Links to Find Positive Trainers & Behavior Consultants

If you need to find a trainer or behavior consultant outside of the southern New Jersey area, you can click on the links below. Do your research! Do not hire the first person you speak to. Ask these professionals what methods of training and behavior modification they use and avoid hiring anyone who uses aversive methods. Aversives would include (1) shock collars, (2) prong collars, (3) severe choke chain corrections, or (4) any harsh punishments.

The links I’m providing for you will take you to sites that are primarily for positive reinforcement professionals in this field. Good luck!

http://www.iaabc.com/ (This link is for the International Association of Dog Behavior Consultants)

http://www.apdt.com/ (This link is for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers)

Understanding What Your Dog Tells You

Turid Rugaas, a Norwegian trainer and behaviorist has been studying dogs for well over 25 years. She has done incredible research on how dogs communicate with other dogs, and also how they also attempt to communicate with us. If you want to get better acquainted with how dogs definitely communicate their feelings, please click on this link: http://www.canis.no/rugaas/gallery.php

Once you get to view these pictures, you can then click on each individual photograph to see a larger picture that shows a lot more detail.

Please note that many of these calming signals are very subtle signs given off in body language. Next time your dog goes to greet a dog, notice how he behaves. You’ll see calming signals for several minutes, such as look-aways, nose-licks, sniffing the ground, play-bows, and many other behaviors. The more familiar you become with dog calming signals, the better you will be able to understand how your dog is feeling about events that are taking place daily in his life.

What I find incredibly interesting and important is how dogs respond to our human body language. Take a look at your dog next time your young child goes to hug him or kiss him. Can you honestly say that your dog is actually enjoying this closeness? Believe it or not, many dogs only tolerate our getting up front and personal. And many dogs don’t tolerate it, and then nip at children’s faces!

Dogs are incredible creatures. They’re extremely honest and they don’t hide their feelings. As dog owners and guardians, it’s our responsibility to learn how to determine what makes them happy, and what makes them very unhappy. I think you’ll be quite surprised about what you learn from these photographs.

Ideas for providing much needed mental stimulation in the lives of all dogs of all ages and all breeds.

Renee & Karen give out lots of very fun ideas on how to provide mentally challenging activities to keep terriers, hunting dogs and working dogs happy and active doing appropriate things vs. destruction, stealing and other bad behaviors that are caused by boredom. The two links here are Renee’s favorite boredom-busting toys: www.petproductadvisor.com (click on Toys, and then type in Hide-a-squirrel). www.petproductadvisor.com (click on Toys, and then type in Babble Ball). Fun, fun, fun!

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High Drive Working Dogs

Susan Bulanda, expert trainer and behavioral expert, discusses how to live with a dog who has an intense desire to have a job. Many people mistakenly purchase puppies who are bred specifically for work, such as protection, herding and hunting breeds. People may have wanted a companion pet and soon realize their dog is incredibly smart and has a strong work ethic that cannot be “corrected.” Everyone should listen to this show! For more information about Sue and to read her books, go to her website: www.sbulanda.com

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