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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Wayne01, Oct 9, 2013.


  1. Wayne01

    Wayne01 PetForums Member

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    Hi All.

    Can anyone please recommend a few good books for training.

    (Working on recall and focus)

    What I would really like is 2 or 3 books and why you are recommending them.

    thank you
     
  2. Sarah1983

    Sarah1983 PetForums VIP

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    When Pigs Fly by Jane Killion as a general all round book for teaching your dog to focus and want to do what you want. Aimed at the less biddable breeds really but excellent advice in there for even the most biddable of dogs.

    For recall I really like Pippa Mattinsons Total Recall. Step by step guide to teaching a solid recall from scratch all the way through to recall from big distractions.
     
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    Kivasmum PetForums VIP

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    Control unleashed by Leslie Mcdevitt.
    Some great focusing games
     
  4. ouesi

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    Another vote for When Pigs Fly and Control Unleashed.

    I also love the classic "Don't shoot the dog" by Karen Pryor, but some find it really dull. It's such a good primer though...
     
  5. Lauren5159

    Lauren5159 Lover of Terriers, loser of the plot.

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    Another vote for these two :)

    I couldn't live without them!
     
  6. Sarah1983

    Sarah1983 PetForums VIP

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    Control Unleashed is fantastic imo and it helped me massively with Rupert. But I find it's too heavy going for a lot of people for some reason. I love it but I love most things dog lol.

    Don't Shoot The Dog is one I absolutely love too but a lot of people don't. It's not so much about actually training the dog as the science behind it. Sort of thing I find interesting.
     
  7. Fluffster

    Fluffster Crazy for cockers

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    Another vote for Total Recall, we are finding it very useful
     
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    I am not going to overwhelm you with a list of books. For a good allround book for novices and particularly on the subjects you are interested in I would recommend The Dog Vinci Code by John Rogerson.
     
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    i'd also vote for 'When Pigs Fly' & 'Control Unleashed'.

    There are lots of good, illustrative clips on UTube of Control Unleashed in use, & "Look At That", too -
    a way of teaching the dog to default when they see or hear a specific trigger, & look to their handler
    for a reward, as their wages for not reacting / for redirecting attn to the handler.

    For dogs who DON't have reactive issues, "look at that" is just a handy tool to prevent distractions:
    see another dog?... Look at handler! See a bicyclist?... Look at handler. During agility, a dog runs by us?...
    Look at handler. ;)
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  11. Fluffster

    Fluffster Crazy for cockers

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    Thanks for the "look at that" rec, the problem I have with Daisy is trying to get or mainatin her attention when there's something exciting going on around her (people walking by, a dog etc, she's desperate to go and play) so I'll give that a watch!
     
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  13. Wayne01

    Wayne01 PetForums Member

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    Have ordered "total recall"
    and will loot at the following

    When Pigs Fly and Look at me

    Lets see how we get on with TR first.

    thank all for your help
     
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    CheddarS PetForums VIP

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    I can recommend this one as well, easy read as well.
     
  15. West5680

    West5680 PetForums Newbie

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    Dog Vinci code is good.

    Have just got total recall by poppa mattinson, brilliantly written book. I'm after recall and focus too and can't wait to get started on the training in it tomorrow.
     
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