When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs Paperback – 22 Jun 2007
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Get it, you won't regret it.
Without this book I wouldn't have known where to start to train an "impossible" dog and would have given up trying! It's so refreshing to read a book that tells you the truth about terrier breeds, ie. the fact you might never get a truly reliable recall and that it could take years to get your dog to like playing (mine's not interested unless it involves chasing rabbits down holes). Jane also uses nothing but positive reinforcement, which is my training method of choice (my dog isn't into toys, but is thankfully a food junkie!).
The only downside to the book for me is its reliance on clickers. My dog is terrified of them (I don't know his previous history) so I shape using a verbal command.
My dog and I are learning together and now, after 12 months, I feel we have a truly wonderful bond. And, while nowhere near perfect, he's making painfully slow but steady progress. I'm now even getting odd occasions where he's busy sniffing a rabbit hole or eating sheep poo, I'll recall him and he'll come back to me from across a field as fast as his legs will carry him - my heart nearly bursts with pride. Thank you Jane!
We had already invested in a clicker when we got him, but not conditioned him to it or used it consistently enough. The book makes great sense and really gives you a good insight into your dog's way of thinking. I feel a lot calmer and less frustrated with him now I can see why he does certain things (even if they are still annoying). He is already walking better on the leash and behaving better around the house.
If you can't train, manage! What a great mantra. :) If you are having difficulty with training your dog, this book is HIGHLY recommended!
This is a totally new way of training for "unbiddable" dogs such as ours (rescued stray at 1 year old). It takes a LOT of hard work and patience and you have to be able to take days (or weeks) with little progress without getting despondent. It is very much "clicker" based. Basically you have to wait for your dog to do something, reward it, then gradually "shape" the behaviour into what YOU want, with your dog still thinking he/she is in charge (sneaky eh?). The focus is away from telling off your dog, rather encouraging them to offer you a new behaviour and think for themselves until the reward is forthcoming. This has improved our dog's attention no end and she now responds to treats and toys in a way she never has before.
In the 3 months we have been using this technique, I rarely have to tell her off, she has turned into (almost) a "Velcro" dog always close by, and responds so much better to commands which she used to ignore completely. She is so much calmer.
I keep thinking it must be a fluke when she comes back as I call her, or doesn't bark at the horses (it hasn't and I don't think we will ever cure her loathing of cats). It seems to good to be true after 3 years of trying with traditional training methods.Read more ›
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Recommended for difficult dogs. Arrived quickly - V pleased.Published 7 days ago by Dawne Barringham
So much great foundation information, clearly written and easy to understand. Made me feel I now have the tools to train and enjoy my dogPublished 21 days ago by Carole
A very useful book with some very good information and ideas on training. I have found this book most helpful with not only my own dog but also as part of my studies as a dog... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andstheman