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Effective Training Techniques for Working With Shy, Controlling, and Stubborn Dogs By Peggy Swager

Are you the parent of a belligerent dog, or one who resists your every effort to modify his problem behavior? Training the Hard-to-Train Dog takes a practical approach to the subject of dog training with step-by-step “power training” techniques that teach you how to be a firm yet fair leader to your dog.

This expertly written guide describes how to build on basic training techniques to regain control of a dog and help solve problem behaviors like housetraining issues, barking, growling, and biting. Case studies covering many different breeds reveal the inherited traits that make certain breeds harder to train, like herding breeds, guarding breeds, husky types, and terriers. A special chapter discusses how even the most willful dogs are trainable, so dog owners who might be on the verge of giving up their dog after having failed with other training methods will learn how to take control and avoid abandonment. Since harsh punishments can actually make dogs with aggressive tendencies more aggressive, the book focuses on positive techniques and encouragement of the dog. Whether your dog is highly reactive, noncompliant, or simply stubborn, Training the Hard-to-Train Dog teaches you effective techniques—from the basics and beyond—that encourage an obedient and cooperative canine companion.

PEGGY SWAGER is an award-winning writer and experienced pet behaviorist who hosts clinics on dog training, gives demonstrations on training techniques, and helps solve canine training issues with problem dogs. In 2002, she won the Dog Writers Association of America award for best training article. Peggy regularly contributes training articles to several dog magazines and continues to help teach people to resolve issues with difficult-to-train dogs. She lives in Monument, Colorado.

Excerpt from Training the Hard to Train Dog © TFH Publications, Inc.

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