Control Unleashed® Book 1: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog

Control Unleashed® Book 1: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog

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Subtitle: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog
Author: Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT
Format: Paperback
Length: 226 pages
Release Date: 2007

Learn how to turn stress to confidence and distraction to focus using methods that are 110% positive. Leslie McDevitt's Control Unleashed® program is designed to help "dogs with issues" learn how to relax, focus, and work off-leash reliably in either stimulating or stressful situations. Whether you're training a challenging dog on your own or an instructor trying to figure out how to help dogs in your classes, this book is for you.

Who needs Control Unleashed®?

  • Future performance dogs that need to learn self-control as part of their foundation training
  • Dogs that are uncomfortable or unable to work off lead around other dogs
  • Dog that are easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating
  • Dogs that are reactive or easily aroused
  • Dogs that are anxious or stressed and shut down
  • Dog that are unable to control their impulses when excited

Lesson plans for a seven-week class are included for instructors who want to run their own Control Unleashed® classes. Rather than using traditional attention and control techniques that often fail in highly charged performance situations, Control Unleashed® uses a creative and sensible series of training games that can be customized to the needs of each particular dog. The Control Unleashed® program also stresses the importance of balancing attention and control work with letting your dog "be a dog."

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About the Author
Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. In 1998, Leslie rescued Gordie, an American Pit Bull/GSD cross that had been badly abused, and in trying desperately to help him through his crushing anxieties and fears, met her inspiration and mentor, world-renowned veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall. Through Gordie, Leslie found her calling and devoted herself completely to becoming a dog trainer, and later, a behavior consultant. Leslie was volunteering at urban shelters and studying behavior and clicker training when she caught the dog sports bug and started agility and flyball training with her terrier mix Maggie. Her work with anxious, reactive, impulsive, and aggressive dogs gave her a unique perspective when she became a student of dog sports training.

Control Unleashed® contains the following chapters:

Chapter 1: Nuts & Bolts

Chapter 2: Basic Concepts

Chapter 3: Night One

Chapter 4: Night Two

Chapter 5: Night Three

Chapter 6: Night Four

Chapter 7: Night Five

Chapter 8: Night Six

Chapter 9: Night Seven

Chapter 10: Real Life, Snap's Progress Report

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"Control Unleashed® combines inspiration and practical advice in equal measure, and is, without question, one of the best new books on training to come along in recent years. Be forewarned... you'll have a hard time finishing it, because you’re going to keep putting it down to try out some of her suggestions on your own dogs." —Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Author of For the Love of a Dog and The Other End of the Leash

"A rare combination of creative, compassionate, scientifically sound training advice and clear writing. This book will provide a wealth of ideas for anyone aspiring to take dog training to a more advanced level."  —Kathy Sdao, M.A., Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (associate) and owner of Bright Spot Dog Training in Tacoma, Washington

"Control Unleashed® is a bible for agility clubs trying to keep classes safe while making sure that problematic dogs are not left out of the fun. As well, it's a gold mine of training and behavior modification advice for any owner, trainer, or behavior counselor who works with dogs with focus and arousal problems."  —Sue Sternberg, Founder/Director of Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption, expert in dog aggression, and innovator in the field of shelter dog welfare

"My library is piled high with dog books, and this is my all-time favorite. I've never found another book that does as good a job as McDevitt does in helping handlers understand and successfully train highly distractable dogs... Finally I feel like I have found the trainer who understands not only my dogs, but also me and my students!"  —Jenny Ruth Yasi, Dog trainer

"Leslie McDevitt owns a magic wand. She has used her wand to create a book that has the reader laughing, crying, and learning. She describes training techniques that work like magic and are life-altering for both dog and trainer. Having read nearly every dog training book written, this book stands out as a classic. If you are dog trainer, behavior counselor, or dog sport enthusiast, this book contains wisdom that every dog person must read. Once you have digested the book, you will understand that Leslie isn't a magician after all; her genius is in listening and speaking for our dogs. She has truly understood what dogs are trying to communicate and has created a gift, in the form of a book. It seems that this book will be cherished for decades and the love and success it will provide to dogs and trainers already is and will be immeasurable. I urge everyone even remotely related to dog training or dog sports to read this book."  —Angelica Steinker, author of Agility Success and Click to Play Agility

Customer Reviews

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Keeping my hyper sensitive pup comfortable.
This is a great book. It gives lots of exercises to help Miki work through his fears and learn to trust me more. I like how it illustrates through examples how the exercises work. I'd recommend it to any dog owner who wanted to bond more closely with their dog.
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