This book received the DWAA Maxwell Medallion Award in 2006 as the Best General Reference Book!
Your dog is talking. Are you listening? More important, are you WATCHING? Dogs are attempting to communicate with humans as well as other dogs all the time. Learn how to interpret their native language the language of body movement, facial expression and proximity to things and other beings.
Canine Body Language is an exhaustive photographic documentation of dogs in their day-to-day activities: Dogs alone, dogs together, dogs in the water, dogs having fun, dogs that are stressed and dogs in relation to human beings. In addition to the incredible photographs, author Brenda Aloff gives the reader detailed descriptions of what is happening in each photograph so that you can build your canine vocabulary.
Never look at dogs in the same way again!
Great for professional dog trainers! Use it to teach students important behavioural cues.
Are you connected with your dog?
Getting connected with your dog is the key to building a relationship in which learning can flourish and the needs of both the dog and the owner are met. Relationships are built on communication, so having a common language that both sides can understand is of paramount importance. Luckily, dogs are masters of body language and you can learn to utilize movement and other kinds of body language to help build an effective communications loop with your dog.
Once you know how to communicate with your dog, that knowledge -combined with positive training techniques - can make you a much more effective trainer. And your dog will become a willing partner, one who trusts you and is willing to work with you to learn behaviours. Over time, your dog will flip the Magic Switch and begin to use the thinking part of his brain (the Frontbrain) more often than just the reactive part of his brain (the Hindbrain). And you will have achieved a huge step forward in your ability to train and interact with your canine companions!
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Promote a great relationship with your dog, establish consistent behaviours for easy, reliable handling and lay the foundation for more advanced training with this great DVD. Whether you're working with a young puppy or an older dog, this is the perfect tool for the professional trainer or the motivated owner.
Foundation Behaviours for Every Dog shows you the actual training of two nine-week-old puppies. One is cooperative, while one is mouthy, over-active, and reactive - just like dogs you've known, right? Brenda explains and clearly demonstrates techniques that will train your dog to be a safe and reliable companion using gentle, positive methods. What do you do when the puppy just will not attend to business? How do you cope with the constant biting that is so common in puppies when you are trying to teach them something? This DVD shows you REAL training in REAL time. Plus, with the DVDs handy menu system, you can choose specific chapters and views to look at or you can go through all the training exercises chronologically.
Brenda Aloff, author of the Maxwell Medallion Award winner Canine Body Language and Get Connected with Your Dog, now brings you a book that will make your dog owning experience with your new puppy or rescue dog everything you dreamed it would be!
This book goes beyond any of the other puppy books out there and brings you Brenda's 20 years of experience working with problem dogs as a professional pet behaviour consultant. This gives Brenda a unique view of what owners should have done to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. She says, "Many of the sad situations that occur do not have to be. Education on the person's part combined with humane and effective technique can make dog ownership the joy you imagined it would be!" Training your dog should be a shared and fun experience that enhances the relationship you have with your dog. This book will lead you through each "problem" and in an easy to understand step-by-step program will show you how to make big differences in your dog's behaviour.
This book comes with a DVD that shows you exactly how to carry out the protocols in this book. The Table of Contents is filled with all of those common, but irritating issues that come up in daily life with a new puppy or dog and solutions for each one. The DVD is super and even children can watch the training steps and then follow the steps to gain success with your family pet. (Of course, children will need parental supervision, as well.)
Learn more about dog aggression and dog behaviour and how to address reactive or aggressive behaviour, with over 400 pages of text, drawings, and photographs. As the book says, aggression has a wide range of manifestations.
This book does not just discuss aggression. It provides protocols to use for behaviour modification. Starting with prevention, the reader learns about common mistakes owners make to promote aggression in their dog, and how to avoid these mistakes.
In the behaviour modification section, learn about how to build trust with the dog, using positive reinforcement. Brenda Aloff shows how to achieve this level of trust with hundreds of exercises to promote appropriate behaviour and modify inappropriate behaviour. In the practical management section, the reader is prepared for a lifelong regimen of keeping his dog safe.
The exercises in this book will be a salvation for problem dogs and a guide for prevention for others. Anyone involved with dogs will find a wealth of information about dog behaviour in these pages and practical do-able solutions for problems.
(Available at Amazon.com)
Operant conditioning is a specific type of learning whereby behaviours are altered or changed primarily by manipulating the consequences that follow them. Author Brenda Aloff uses the theory of operant conditioning and applies it to dog training in this informative book.
Written by an experienced dog trainer in language that the novice can easily understand, this step-by-step guide to reliable obedience and effective training method is based on the belief that the best way to teach your dog appropriate behaviour is to use positive reinforcement instead of punishment.
Paperback: 207 pages
Publisher: TFH Publications (May 1, 2001)
"Fixed action patterns, negative punishers, unpredictable avoidance responses, bridges, and reward marks... OH MY!!! Do these terms make you dizzy? Do you want to train your dog using the most gentle and effective way, but phrases like successive approximation make you lose interest?
Brenda Aloff has finally done it ... In this wonderfully written and funny book, she explains all of the terms and methods for training your dog the fun and easy way. One-by-one she shows you the proven techniques for shaping your dog's behaviour into that of a well-behaved canine companion. This book also has a lot to offer the more-advanced dog trainer, and even obedience/agility instructors!
As the owner/handler of Fox Terriers, a notoriously difficult breed, Aloff makes it clear that all dogs are trainable if you know how to communicate with them clearly. She is also careful to emphasize that when training your dog it's "the journey that counts" and that the desired behaviour is of no consequence if you have ruined your relationship with your dog in the process!
I especially enjoyed this book because although she stresses using a reward mark, or a "clicker," she also discusses training WITHOUT one! I have a noise-sensitive dog who is actually scared to death of clickers, so this was of great use to me. I am able to apply her methods, even though I'm not using a clicker.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in dog training... if your goals are professional, a hobby, or just for fun. This is a great book!". ~ A. Johnson
Brenda Aloff's books and DVDs are also available at dogwise.com.