Fired Up, Frantic and Freaked Out E-Book

Fired Up, Frantic and Freaked Out E-Book




Subtitle: Training Crazy Dogs from Over-the-Top to Under Control
Author: Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP
Length: 174 pages
Release Date: 2013

Some dogs are afraid, or excited, or reactive.

Dogs that "don't listen" and "go crazy" don't live the lives we—or they—want. Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out can change that. Simple steps and an accessible, conversational tone from award-winning, internationally-known trainer Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP make calming the agitated dog not only possible, but pleasant.

This book will show you how to

  • Achieve change in short, simple training sessions of a minute or less
  • Maximize the effects of natural brain chemistry
  • Know when to call in medical help
  • "Clean up" unreliable behaviors in both overexcited sport dogs and pets at home
  • Recognize how fear, aggression, and excitement are variants of the same root problem

The conversational tone is both informative and fun—very accessible, and it feels like the reader has a consulting trainer standing at her shoulder! Bring your dog from emotional to thoughtful, and enjoy a calmer, more enriched life with your best friend.

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Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out contains the following chapters and sections:

About this book


Chapter 1: Help, My Dog Is Crazy!

  • What Is an Agitated Dog, Anyway
  • Changing Behavior to Change Emotion
  • "But He Knows!"
  • What Do You Mean By That?
  • So How Do We Fix It?
  • Why This Won't Work
  • Let's Get Started

Chapter 2: Where Do We Start?

  • Teach the Skills First
  • Get Organized

Chapter 3: Foundation Training

  • Clicker Training In a Nutshell
  • Splitting
  • Targeting
  • Settling on a Mat
  • On Poisoned Cues

Chapter 4: Reactive & Proactive

  • The Too-Friendly Dog
  • The Continuum
  • Predictability and a Sense of Control

Chapter 5: Adding a Trigger

  • Trigger, Meet Mat; Mat, meet Trigger
  • Introducing a Trigger to the Mat

Chapter 6: The Trigger—Phase 2

  • What About Mistakes
  • Bringing It All Together
  • A Two-Way Conversation
  • Inertia and Momentum

Chapter 7: Off the Mat

  • Action!
  • The Illusion of "Protective"
  • "Power Is Nothing Without Control"
  • All Dogs Can Be Reliable

Chapter 8: Adding a Mat to the Trigger

  • Preparation
  • Getting Started
  • What Just Happened?

Chapter 9: Adding the Mat—Phase 2

  • Split It Fine
  • Keep It Short. No, Really.
  • No Mistakes
  • A Sidebar for Science
  • Where Do We Go From Here?

Chapter 10: Making the Trigger a Target

  • How Is It Done?
  • Decoy Dog
  • Make It Better

Chapter 11: Why It Goes Wrong

  • Progressing Too Quickly
  • Sessions Too Long

Chapter 12: Medication and the Agitated Dog

Chapter 13: Preventative Measures

  • Socialization
  • Genetics

Chapter 14: In the End


  • Stress Indicators
  • Dominance & Training
  • Finding Professional Help
  • Socialization
  • Clicker Training Resources
  • Simple Record Sheet


About the Author


"I'm loving it! Laura has managed not only to write a clear and incredibly important book, she's really funny too! Her way of writing, the images in her language, and the diagrams make this book really stand out; there’s no way to misunderstand the concepts she's presenting." —Emelie Johnson Vegh, co-author of Agility Right from the Start