Authors: Denise Fenzi
Format: Paperback, 6" x 9"
Length: 140 pages
Release Date: December 2016
If you're training your dog for competition dog sports, then you want this book—it is radically different from anything else on the market. Train the Dog in Front of You will help you understand your dog on the most fundamental level so that you can be a more effective trainer for YOUR dog. The one you have NOW. The one in front of you!
Rather than assuming that the basis of competition dog training is specific techniques or mechanical skills that can be applied to all dogs, Train the Dog in Front of You starts with the assumption that teaching specific behaviors is not the challenge at all. The challenge is meeting your dog's individual needs through a customized training plan so that your dog can be successful in the competition ring. When this basic training plan is not created, then your training will either progress painfully slowly or it will fail altogether if your dog doesn't happen to do well with the cookie cutter approach that you've probably already tried.
This purpose of this book is to help you understand who your dog is so that you can apply training in a way that works for your dog, so that the training will "stick." You need to consider a wide variety of dimensions to create your customized training plan, including an assessment of your dog's
- Overall level of confidence,
- Environmental vs. handler focus,
- Degree of flexibility,
- Underlying drive structure,
- Amount of power, biddability, and handler softness or hardness, and
- Impulse control.
Train the Dog in Front of You will also consider your individual dog's use of movement within training and the quality of the dog and handler match.
This book is practical, realistic, and easy to read. If you're struggling in your training class or you're not enjoying your training time with your dog, then you need to change something. This book will help you to do that.