Authors: Denise Fenzi and Deborah Jones, Ph.D.
Format: Paperback, 8.5" x 11"
Length: 146 pages
Release Date: 2013
This book is the first in a series of books designed for the dog sport enthusiast. Dog Sports Skills, Book 1 focuses on developing a competition foundation based in engagement and relationship. It doesn't matter what genetic package or temperament your dog is born with, you can bring out the best in your dog by developing a relationship that encourages a willing and happy attitude with natural focus, while eliminating undue stress in both training and competition. Understanding and applying excellent engagement and relationship building techniques, will help both you and your canine companion find more enjoyment in the training process, even if you choose never to step foot inside a competition ring.
If you are an instructor who is struggling with your novice students or less focused dogs, you will find advice on how to work with a range of canine temperaments.
If you have a dog that works well at home but you can't seem to maintain that connection in public, you will learn the basics of recognizing stress, paying attention to your dog, and alleviating or minimizing problems so that you can focus on work rather than worry.
Dog Sports Skills, Book 1 covers relationship (what it is and how to get it), stress (recognizing it and techniques for lessening its impact), developing focus, positive methods for getting behaviors, and the use of trick training to develop a handler's training skills and a dog's mental and physical flexibility.
In the foreword of the book, Silvia Trkman says: "This is the first book on dog training that I have ever finished reading... [It] will help you skip all the frustration and get to the good part. It describes how to get to know your dog, how to adjust your training to meet his needs, and how to build a strong bond based on trust and respect."