Ruff Love

Ruff Love

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Subtitle: A Relationship Building Program for You and Your Dog
Author: Susan Garrett
Format: Paperback
Length: 96 pages
Release Date: 2002

  • Is it difficult to motivate your dog to do what you want him to do, when you want him to do it?
  • Is your dog "too energetic" or "too distracted" to give you his best work?
  • Is your dog happy to run after squirrels in the back yard, but not willing to run on the agility course?
  • Is your dog's recall effective only if there isn't something more interesting nearby?
  • Is your dog willing to work only if he sees the bait bag or his favorite toy?
  • Is your dog "into" toys, but won't play tug with you?
  • Is your dog prone to the "zoomies" during an agility run?

If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, your relationship with your dog needs strengthening. In Ruff Love, Susan Garrett shares her incredibly successful relationship-building program. Based on her years of experience working with dogs, the Ruff Love program is designed not only to help people dealing with "problem" dogs, but to help agility, flyball, obedience, and other dog sport handlers build a better working relationship with their current competition dog or their next performance prospect.

Even if your dog doesn't need the Ruff Love program, you'll find a use for Susan's famous training games—Gimme Dat Collar, 1-2-3 Game, Sit-Tug-Sit Game, and Hide & Seek—which are well documented in the book along with her highly effective recall training method.

About the Author
Susan Garrett's interest in animal behavior started at the University of Guelph where she earned a BSc in Animal Science. Since then, she has developed into a pre-eminent canine sports instructor and competitor. Each dog Susan has competed with in agility has made at least one appearance in the finals of a national event. In total, her dogs have over 50 top ten placements at national agility championships including 13 first-place finishes. Susan and her dog, DeCaff, won the Gold Medal in both the Individual All Round Championship and the Biatholon Event at the 2006 IFCS World Championships.

Ruff Love contains the following chapters:

  • Does My Dog Need "Ruff Love"?
  • How Long Does the Program Last?
  • The Role of the Ruff Love Trainer
  • Essential Elements for All Stages of Ruff Love
  • Tracking Your Ruff Love Progress
  • Ruff Love for Puppies
  • Stage One of Ruff Love: All Privileges Are Gone!
  • Stage Two of Ruff Love: Testing Your Progress
  • Stage Three of Ruff Love: The Light
  • Stage Four of Ruff Love: Management for a Lifetime
  • Ruff Love: Questions and Answers
  • The Recall
  • Keeping a Journal
  • Ruff Love for Aggressive Dogs and Puppies
  • Ruff Love Quick Reference Charts

"The Ruff Love program gave me the tools to build a great relationship with my very independent and confident puppy. That success has been the key to the wonderful pet Lacey has become and the terrific competition dog that she is becoming."  —Anne Stocum and Lacey, Sheltie

"When my young dog was five months old, I had my hands full. She was extremely stimulated by motion and a bit fearful. Even in my small town, she could not function walking down the main street without lunging to the end of her leash constantly. After going through the Ruff Love program, I now have a dog that is very focused on me and can handle high levels of stimulation. We are still a work in progress but instead of having a dog unable to function in everyday life, I have a wonderful companion and performance partner."  —Kathy Keats and Mojo, Border Collie

"The Ruff Love program can be a lifesaver for any rescue or re-homed dog. The boundaries provide structure that builds confidence in the dog in its new environment. Without Ruff Love I doubt Meg would have survived."  —Mary Ann Kras and Meg, Border Collie

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