Outwitting Dogs

Some things just fall into place. And when you’re a writer, one of life’s little pleasures is when things fall into place in such a way that get get to write about something that really really interests you.

See, I’m a writer who happens to love dogs.

And one day a few years back, I was invited to submit a proposal for a dog training book.

Needless to say, I jumped at the chance.

Outwitting Dogs is the result.

It was a team effort of course. Terry Ryan of Legacy Canine was the brains behind this operation.

My job was to take everything she knows about dog training–which is a lot–and put it into a form the publisher believed you would find accessible and readable.

I’m pretty proud of the results.

A couple things about the book.

First, it’s based on the premise that dog training should be rewards-based.

Second, its written for people who need a practical, general purpose guide to training their dogs. We get into theory, some, but this is not a book about theory. Our goal with this book is to teach you how to teach your dog the basic behaviors he or she needs to know to fit into your home and your life.

Things like the proper place to potty and how to walk nicely on leash. To come when called, and other basic obedience commands like “sit.”

Topics covered in Outwitting Dogs

  • Picking the right dog
  • What equipment you need before you bring a dog into your home
  • Dog training basics
  • Puppies and training
  • Housetraining
  • Chewing
  • Recall (coming when called)
  • Teaching your dog good manners
  • Basic obedience training (e.g. sit, lie down)
  • Jumping up
  • Leash walking
  • Separation anxiety
  • Barking
  • Socialization (people and other dogs)
  • Dogs and children
  • Other people’s dogs
  • Introduction to clicker training
  • Tricks (shake, roll over)
  • How to pick a professional trainer

If this sounds like something you need, hop on over to Amazon and take a look.

And thanks again for stopping by.

What peopleĀ  say about Outwitting Dogs

“The techniques work.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Warrants a much higher price tag. Expertly written. Informative, and
riveting. A very clever dog training book.” — Reviewer, Amazon UK

“Easy to read and understand.” — Dogpages.org.uk

“A straightforward, easy to follow guide to training dogs without the
use of negativity or brute force.” — Central Highlands Regional
Library, Australia

“A nice new book which touches the nature of dog behavior. It is nicely
written and complete. A must for every serious dog lover.” — Digidog.nl

“The techniques and the positive reward method on training described in
this book are reasonable and effective.” — Amazon reviewer

“An essential.” — Amazon reviewer

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