Before the weekend: 6; 8 key elements; How to be the perfect owner; Understanding your dog; Canine body language; Canine behaviour; Respecting your dog; Command and reward; Taking on a rescue dog; Essential equipment; Weekend puppy training: 34; the first 7 steps; Collar and leash training; Socializing your puppy; Crate training; Toilet training; Play-biting; Jumping up; Food training; Weekend obedience training: 54; 11 essentials for the adult dog; Name response; Leash manners; Sit; Lie down and roll over; Stay; Away; Road safety; Retrieve; Recall; Socializing an adult dog; House manners; Weekend corrective training: 86; cure the 12 most common problems; Agressive behaviour; Barking; Pulling on the leash; Soiling in the house; Eating faeces; Won't recall; Chasing and rivalry; Climbing on furniture; Begging and fussy eating; Chewing; Door manners; Travel problems; Index 126; Acknowledgements 128
Caroline Davis is editor of Your Dog, Britain's best-selling canine magazine. She is a freelance pet journalist and author of numerous pet books. Keith Davis is a former police dog handler, who now runs a successful series of dog training businesses in the north of England.
Just got a puppy or a rescue dog? Don't know where to begin controlling him and prevent him from running riot around the house and you? Panic no more. This book by experienced trainers Caroline and Keith Davis will help you turn that hairy monster back into the little sweetie you were first so smitten with. There is nothing worse - or more stressful - than an uncontrollable dog in the home and the first instinct is that it is the dog that is causing the problem. But just think for a moment and you will see that it is your desire to keep the animal happy and unstressed that is causing the problem. You are afraid to tell it off or say "no" to it for fear of upsetting it and the end result is a four-legged terror ruling the home and family. This clearly written, well-photographed book will teach you how to instil some discipline into the animal without losing its love. From initial sit, down and stay to heel and recall each step covers the best methods to use, how to do it, where to do it and the psychology behind it - for both you and the dog. Whilst appreciating the small attention span of puppies, the weekends restrict themselves to the basics, gradually working up to more intense sessions to reinforce earlier lessons. For older dogs with a history of bad behaviour there are tips and retraining ideas, for "problem" dogs there are case histories, outlining how their owner's overcame them. This is a great book for all new dog owners and owners of existing dogs, tired of being taken for a walk or made to sit in a chair not of their own choosing! No dog owner should be without it. - Lucy Watson