Dog Tips from Dogtown: A Relationship Manual for You and Your Dog
National Geographic, 2010 - Pets - 255 pages
As fans of the hit TV show have witnessed, the trainers at the Best Friends Animal Society have a remarkable way with canines. Dog Tips from DogTown draws on that unique philosophy to help people craft a successful relationship with a dog from the very start. The book is a valuable tool in helping you adopt from local shelters and animal rescues and incorporate your new dog into your home and life through the power of positive reinforcement. Learn the questions to ask before you even step foot into a shelter: Would a high-energy dog enjoy your laid back lifestyle? Would that Great-Dane-mix fit in your studio apartment? Next, a chapter on canine communication gives valuable insight into the signals dogs send, so you know what behaviors to look for while searching for your new pet. Illustrations show how dogs' posture, ears, and tails can reveal their states of mind. Learn what to expect when you meet your dog for the first time, and how to prepare your house and family for the homecoming. Then the Best Friends trainers get to work, showing you how to build a relationship with your new dog through positive reinforcement strategies in training and exercise. Dog Tips from DogTown takes you through basic obedience with clear instructions and step-by-step illustrations, and introduces fun activities--such as flyball and agility training--that go beyond a daily walk to stimulate your dog's mind and body. The Best Friends method relies on fun and praise, making it a pleasant experience for everyone. When you're both having fun, it is more likely that you and your dog will stick to your routine.
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