The Dog Rules: 14 Secrets to Developing the Dog YOU Want

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 10, 2009 - Pets - 256 pages
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In this groundbreaking guide, elite dog trainer Kyra Sundance reveals the path to helping your dog be a reliable partner and true member of your family. Kyra -- a world-acclaimed Stunt Dog Team performer, nationally ranked dog sports competitor, and movie dog trainer -- holds the human-dog bond at the heart of her training method. She cares for her dogs with tenderness, trains them thoroughly, and inspires them to excel.

If you're battling the same problems with your dog over and over, then the training method you're using isn't working. Instead of more training, what's needed is better training. Kyra's "whole-dog" approach looks beyond sterile training methods that manipulate through reward and punishment and instead advocates humane behavior modification techniques to establish expectations without compromising love. Her principles -- such as "One Command, One Consequence," "Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem" and "Praise, Touch, Treat -- in That Order" -- empower readers with a clear strategy and the tools to enact real change.

Kyra's method does not suppress natural behaviors and teach subservience. Instead, it fosters confident, happy dogs who are motivated to do the right thing rather than fearful of making a mistake. The Dog Rules shows us us how to develop joyful relationships with dogs who balance enthusiasm and self-control.
 

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While average dog owners wouldn't expect their pets to perform routines at the level that Sundance, a celebrity Stunt Dog Show performer, reaches, the fundamentals she puts forth here should be ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
EnCourAgE TrusT
9
Be Honest
13
Be Fair
24
Be Consistent
31
InsTIll A DEsIrE To PlEAsE
37
Motivate with Positive Reinforcement
39
Fuel the Drive
67
The Seven Tenets of Come
143
ExPECT rEsPECT
151
Benevolent Leadership
155
No Free Meals
169
BuIlD ThE BonD
177
Communicate
181
Exercise Together
207
Forgive
219

Attention Is a Reward
78
TEACh BEhAvIor
93
Cue Action Reward
97
One Command One Consequence
122
Do MorE WITh Your Dog
229
Notes
231
Index
233
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Together, Kyra Sundance and her Weimaraner Chalcy are one of the most recognized dog performance teams in the country. Their Stunt Dog Show has entertained audiences worldwide at fairs, circuses, schools, sporting event halftime shows, and even a command performance in Marrakech for the King of Morocco. They've starred in 200 performances of Disney's Underdog movie stage show in Hollywood. Kyra, Chalcy, and a new puppy, Jadie, live with Kyra's husband, Randy Banis, on a ranch in the California desert of Mojave. Kyra is a marathon runner and gymnast and is also the author of 101 Dog Tricks.

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