Dog Who's Always Welcome Assistance and Therapy Dog Trainers Teach You How to Socialize and Train Your Companion Dog

ISBN-10: 0470142480

ISBN-13: 9780470142486

Edition: 2008

Authors: Lorie Long

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Today, dog owners want companion dogs who will calmly enter an elevator; ride in the car, boat, or RV; sleep in the bedroom; join the family on its beach vacation and at the kids' soccer games; and jog around the neighborhood or hike in the woods-all without knocking Grandma to the floor, challenging strange dogs, charging out of open doors, or pulling on the leash. Now a full-fledged member of the family, the contemporary companion dog regularly visits a variety of places and enjoys a variety of new experiences. This lifestyle dictates a greater degree of sophistication than previously required in a family pet. This level of sophistication, however, is typical of a service dog. Some of the most knowledgeable (but least celebrated) dog training professionals exist within the ranks of service and therapy dog trainers. Through the following critical elements, these experts excel at creating well-behaved, sociable, owner-focused companion dogs who become reliable helpers for their handlers: Evaluating the temperaments, trainability, and potential for bonding in puppies and adult dogs Knowing breed-specific traits that will affect the behavior and needs of a dog Creating a managed, positive-outcome socialization program Training complex behaviors and instilling self-discipline in dogs using rewards-based processes Developing canine companions who base their decisions about appropriate behavior on the direction of their handlers, rather than on impulse or immediate self-gratification Foundation socialization training, a key part of the training of service dogs, provides dogs with the skills to behave appropriately in almost any setting, in partnership with their owners. Service dogs maintain proper decorum in the presence of strangers, other dogs, children, and the disabled. They exhibit self-discipline and display confidence in a variety of strange and challenging situations, always focused on the direction provided by their owners. Service dog trainers regularly turn out one great companion dog after another-a dog who's always welcome. Socialization training surpasses obedience training of specific behaviors like Sit, Down, or Stay when it comes to creating a great companion dog. Yet socialization cannot be left to chance, and it can't be accomplished in a single six-week training class. To produce a high-quality canine companion, the owner must understand and implement a managed socialization program with the same dedication that he devotes to training specific dog behaviors. The rewards of proper socialization outweigh the products of traditional behavior training because they produce a reliable, take-anywhere canine companion-not just a dog who has memorized behaviors-on-command, but a dog who understands how to react in many settings and trusts his owner's ability to manage a wide range of situations. A socialization program launches a dog who is prepared to get the most out of behavior training activities undertaken in conjunction with socialization or in the future. As an instructor for traditional obedience classes, Lorie Long emphasizes the importance of anticipating a dog's reactions. Anticipating behavior and manipulating the dog's environment to create a setting for success works much more effectively that trying to reverse established unacceptable behaviors. This anticipation requires the principles of managed socialization practiced by service dog trainers. Managed socialization allows owners to develop the skills to read their dogs' signals and reactions-to read their dogs. It teaches them not to ascribe inappropriate motivations to their dogs' behaviors, like spite, fear, or stubbornness. This socialization process provides an invaluable element in the dog's behavior training activities because it not only creates an owner-focused dog, but it creates a dog-foc
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 7/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

LORIE LONG has been raising and training purebred dogs for more than 25 years. A member of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA), she is the author of The Siberian Husky and has also written for the Whole Dog Journal, Dog World magazine, and Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Lorie resides in Union Hall, Virginia, where she teaches training classes and shares her home with her Border Terriers.

The Quiet Experts
Defining the Terms
Robbie and Jane
Hallmarks of a Dog Who's Always Welcome
ADI's Minimum Standards for Assistance Dogs in Public
What an Assistance Dog Is
What an Assistance Dog Is Not
Assistance Dog Trainers
From Domestication to Behavior Modification to Socialization
Domestication: We Find the Key
Behavior Modification: We Start to Open the Window
Socialization: We Open Wide the Window
The Right Dog for the Right Role
Other Trainers Weigh In
Choosing Chase
What Role Will Your Dog Play?
Evaluating the Dog You Have
Looking at Your Dog Realistically
Look Before You Leap
What We Can Learn from Evaluating Therapy Dogs
Volhard Canine Personality Profile
Dash and Chase
Communicating Across Species
The Role of Stress
The Language Barrier Becomes the Language Bridge
Assistance Dog Trainers Talk Dog
Speaking Canine in Obedience Class
Creating a Managed, Positive-Outcome Socialization Program
Getting It Right
What Socialization Is
What Socialization Isn't
The Rule of Seven
Fear Periods
Canine Generalization
Early Socialization
Beginning Socialization at Home
Advanced Socialization on the Road
Adult Dog-on-Dog Socialization
It's Only Natural
Creating a Relationship-Based Behavior and Skills Training Program
Playing with Tug Toys as a Training Tool
Um, Should I Take That as a Yes or a No?
The Positive Basics
Beyond Sit and Stay
Therapy Dog Handlers Test the Waters (and Find Themselves in the Deep End of the Pool)
Training Tips from the Pros
Evaluating Socialization Opportunities
Puppy Kindergarten Group Classes
Obedience Training Group Classes
Off-Leash Dog Parks and Play Centers
Doggie Daycare
Therapy Dog Training Classes
American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Program
Everyday Life in Small Doses
Developing the Deep Relationship
Canine Emotions: Where It All Begins
I'll Know It When I See It
The Philosophers
Afterword: The Truth About Unconditional Canine Love
Meet the Trainers
Lydia Wade-Driver
Jan Stice
Nancy Patriarco
Kali Kosch
Marilyn Wilson
Karen Hough
Connie Knisely
About the Author
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