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101 Dog Tricks: Step-by-step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog [Paperback]

Kyra Sundance
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Book Description

1 April 2007
"101 Dog Tricks" is the largest trick book on the market and the only book with a full-colour photo of every trick presented, and colour photos of each step in the process. This is not a study guide or a training philosophy book; the step-by-step approach, tips, trouble-shooting boxes and difficulty ratings allow readers to start trick training in five minutes. Some training books require special tools (such as clicker training) or an understanding of dog psychology, but "101 Dog Tricks" simply spells out the actions to take. Trick training is a must for all dog owners who consider their dogs part of the family. A dog that learns tricks is better trained and better behaved overall because basic commands are understood and the human/pet communication is in place.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc. (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592533256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592533251
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kyra Sundance and her Weimaraner, Chalcy, are world-class Trick Dog Show performers. Regulars at circuses, sporting events and fairs, they've also performed on The Tonight Show and Showdog. Kyra has a background in competitive dog sports, she teaches Dog Tricks classes and has worked as a trainer on movie sets. She lives in California, USA.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great presentation, packed with fun! 13 Jan 2012
We have a 6 month old miniature poodle who longs for any opportunity to learn a trick in return for some chopped up cocktail sausage. After ordering the book I became a little worried about the term "trick" after learning the author is a trained professional and participates in dog competitions (our dog is nowhere near that standard!) and grew concerned that the book may be unsuitable or farfetched.

Upon opening the book and flicking through the pages, my initial impression was excitement. It is clearly and beautifully laid out, very easy to understand, and lots of information at my fingertips which other books didn't offer. Some chapters will be more suitable for us than others (I can't see us rolling her on a barrel!), but all look like great fun and worth a try.

101 Dog Tricks: Step-by-step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog offers more than I was expecting. The book begins by running you through common questions and mishaps, such as the order in which you teach, praise and reward, your role as a trainer, getting the timing right, finding the right motivation for your dog, why some trainers fail with their dogs, the purpose of hand signals, what you should expect with your dogs progress, and more.

The rest of the book consists of 189 pages of commands with 'how to' pictures and explanations. The paragraphs are brief and concise, straight to the point without any waffle. The photographs show each stage of the trick very clearly, and give you a voice command and hand signal to use which are easily interchangeable with your own.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun!!! 11 Jan 2008
I was running seriously short on tricks to teach my smart-alec puppy so got this book to see if I could challenge him. I couldn't be more impressed!

The tricks are set out with (at least) a page per item- most have a double spread. Every trick is illustrated- this is done well considering how hard it is to represent a dog in motion!- and there are step-by-step instructions. Tricks are rated from beginner to advanced and there's something for every dog in each section. The tricks vary from simple obedience skills to fun stuff like 'answering the phone' to tricky weaves and spins. So whether you just want a better behaved pooch or you want to show off how clever he is, there's plenty for you.

There's a lot here to keep me and Max occupied for quite a while. This book would suit anyone looking to have fun on the way to teaching their dog a few cool tricks!
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a dog trick book. 4 May 2008
I don't particularly approve of animals doing "tricks" & have always had misgivings about that. However, this book uses the "tricks" (I use inverted commas because it starts with SIT, DOWN, COME and so on, which we would not usualy call tricks, but are the building blocks)to build a better bond between you and your dog - and thats the whole ethos to the authors method. The "tricks" are so clearly set out and explained from the basics, & go step by step to the result - even to providing troubleshooting hints. The book makes clear that the key is patience and affection and that your dog absolutely must be having fun. They make no pretence that you'll get instant results (though it depends on what your dog already likes doing - we perfected an "Advanced" trick in 3 days, because it built on a behaviour our dog already enjoys) The photography is vibrant and a sheer joy in itself - the photographer is an award winner, and it really is easy to see why. We achieved our first "trick" out of the book which involved me, our dog and my daughter (see the idea? - real bonding stuff with your dog & family) in three days - with our dog just having a real sheer fun time and plainly loving it) and ending up doing something like a circus trick!(page 110).
I read this book in our local library and just had to buy a copy. I've NEVER in 30 years of dog ownership, found a book which is so clearly laid out, realistic and based on mutual affection in it's methods. The whole family is having fun with it - and most of all our dog is! I wish I could find a fault with this to give a balanced review... but I can't!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for dog-lovers 18 Oct 2009
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This is a beautifully presented and designed book with gorgeous photographs and easy-to-follow instructions for teaching your best doggy friend some great and impressive tricks. The introduction is fantastic, it sums up the importance of patience and good humour when attempting to train a dog and it's clear Ms Sundance really knows what she's talking about. We are currently enjoying the company of a very energetic young rescue dog and already he's enjoying the stimulation of learning new tricks.

This book is a great companion for people undergoing obedience training with their dogs as you can apply the principles learned in class when teaching the tricks (and it IS fun learning tricks alongside the obedience disciplines).

I didn't give it five stars because I think the tricks could have been better organised, starting with the easiest, so that you and your dog can work your way through. Also some tricks require you to have already learned previous ones, and again if the tricks were listed more logically, this would help.
This is a very small criticism though, it's a really lovely and useful book and would make a great gift. Four and a half stars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
loads of great fun ideas for any dog
Published 1 day ago by slambid
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun.
Lots of good ideas to copy. I used this book with two dogs and it was amazing how smarter one was (in terms of learning and amazing tricks) than the other. Read more
Published 7 days ago by LKG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and I still use it now. Wonderful little helpful tips and very clear instructions.
Published 22 days ago by taja prowse
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, fun for you and the dog
excellent book,fun for you and the dog.
Published 22 days ago by Mrs. J. Cundy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by Robert Danecker
5.0 out of 5 stars nice and clear photos and instructions
Lovely book, nice and clear photos and instructions.
Published 26 days ago by linda caroline tucker
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good ideas but not always broken down into clear steps.
Published 26 days ago by Katy D
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of the tricks were pretty good but some a little showy for me but...
Some of the tricks were pretty good but some a little showy for me but I suppose it all all depends if you want to train for the stage or not.
Published 1 month ago by Lorraone Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good explanations. The pictures help to understand. And my dog enjoys learning
Published 1 month ago by Leina
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book.
Lovely book with clear explanations and step by step pictures. It's easy to follow and processes from one trick to another smoothly.
Published 1 month ago by Rhi
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