Understanding and training your dog by Kath RaysonUnderstanding and training your dog by Kath Rayson

Understanding and training your dog

byKath Rayson

Hardcover | August 26, 2016

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New to dog training or hope your next dog is better behaved?  Part One explains why dogs behave as they do and why their training needs to reflect their innate language for a dog to understand what is expected of him (or her).

Part Two covers ten training stages which develop the dog to an advanced level in his first year of training.  Practicing and mastering each exercise is rewarding and effective, and your dog will learn how to behave wherever you go.  As his trainer, you’ll plan and track which exercises to work on to progress through all ten stages.  With training he understands, your dog (whatever breed or gender) will be a joy to have around.


Having a great love of animals and of course dogs in particular, I have spent the last 35 years working as a dog trainer. During my lifetime, I have had ten dogs of my own; however, I have also trained over 300 owners and their dogs. Along the way I have gained a huge amount of experience in what works and what doesn't and it is this...
Title:Understanding and training your dogFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 8.5 × 0.69 inPublished:August 26, 2016Publisher:Maran House BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1911447017

ISBN - 13:9781911447016


Table of Contents

1 WHAT IS A DOG? IntroductionHistoryBreeds and their differencesPoints and senses of the dog2 THE DOG'S WELL-BEINGFood and waterGroomingHousing and securityTravelling by carFresh air and walksRoutine and holidays3 THE DOG'S BEHAVIOURGood and bad behaviourNatural behaviourPack members working togetherBehaving as a leader4 THE DOG'S LANGUAGEThe need for languageOriginsMisunderstandingsBody languageStances and expressions of emotionSounds5 WORKING AS A PACKThe importance of a packThe trainer's body languageHealing peaceEarly introduction to peopleWelcoming a new arrivalLetting the new arrival feel safeThe importance of play6 TRAINING APPROACHESThe importance of your approachTricks and obedience trainingTraining with treats or toysTraining allowing no freedomTraining with praise and correction7 PRE-TRAINING FOR PUPPIESComing to youLying stillBehaviour with bones8 FORMAL TRAININGForming a packOFF YOU GO!TrustGolden rulesTraining aidsHow to use this book9 STAGE ONE: GETTING ATTENTIONWhat is involvedStart with HEEL and the Right About-TurnInclude SITIntroduce the Right TurnIntroduce the Left Turn using the IN commandCombine all three turns10 STAGE TWO: IMPROVING HEELWORKWhat is involvedIntroduce random rectanglesImprove the Right About-TurnIntroduce the SIT-STAY positionIntroduce the DOWN positionEstablish a foot signal for the DOWN positionDOWN with a large dog11 STAGE THREE: INTRODUCING CLOSEWORKWhat is involvedIntroduce the Fast DOWNIntroduce SLOW and FAST pacesIntroduce closeworkClosework exercise 1: HEEL-SITClosework exercise 2: IN-SITProblem solving for the IN-SITImprove the dog's supplenessIntroduce the COME-SITProblem solving for the COME-SITIntroduce the DOWN-STAYFurther work on DOWN with a large dogIntroduce disturbing influences12 STAGE FOUR: FOCUSING ON TREATSWhat is involvedHand positions for working with treatsImprove HEEL-SIT using treatsImprove the Right About-Turn using treatsIntroduce wearing a hat or head coneImprove IN-SIT using treats13 STAGE FIVE: PREPARING FOR DISTANT CONTROLWhat is involvedIntroduce serpentines as a warm-up exerciseImprove the accuracy of closeworkIntroduce SIT>DOWN>SIT transitionsFurther work on STAY with a circleIntroduce STAY with a diamondIntroduce the STAND position14 STAGE SIX: ENHANCING HAND SIGNALSWhat is involvedEnhance hand signals with a clapContinue with closeworkIntroduce the Left About-TurnIntroduce the LEAVE command15 STAGE SEVEN: WORKING OFF-LEASHWhat is involvedIntroduce HEEL FreePrepare for using a long leashIntroduce the SIT-INIntroduce the STAND-STAYIntroduce the STAY DropIntroduce the HEEL RecallIntroduce the COME RecallProblem solving for the COME Recall16 STAGE EIGHT: WORKING FURTHER AFIELDWhat is involvedHEEL with the leash in your left handIntroduce walking around the blockRemove HEEL and COME Recall patternsImprove the STAYCar trainingUsing a Halti or muzzle17 STAGE NINE: Accuracy, Fun and JumpingWhat is involvedWarming upEstablish the DROP commandIntroduce STAND from the FrontFurther improve closeworkDevelop your foot signals for closeworkDevelop SIT>DOWN>STAND transitionsIntroduce a Drop in the COME RecallIntroduce the Send AWAYIntroduce switching sidesIntroduce LEFT and RIGHT commandsIntroduce weaving around your legsBegin jumping for funStart with a single jumpIntroduce a second jumpIntroduce a line of four jumpsIntroduce a box of four jumpsIntroduce right side handling over jumpsIntroduce Recall and Send AWAY over jumps18 STAGE TEN: Running FreeWhat is involvedTraining the packSTAYs with two or more dogsRecalls with two or more dogsHEEL with two or more dogsImprove leaving other dogs on commandRunning freeFurther jumpingLast words

Editorial Reviews

"If it is your greatest wish to have a well-trained dog, as it was mine,then the approach and exercises in this book will take you all the way."Ellen Wilson