Why did I read this book?
Because I have the dog on the cover of this book. As well as do a lot of you guys out there. The book is dedicated to the night walkers and those who keep trying to make life better for their reactive dog. And that might just be you. If it is, keep reading.
What does this book do?
This book is centered around shaping the dog’s brain using games to increase their confidence, calmness, and resilience. It builds on the idea of concept training, which you can read more in-depth about in the book “How to be a concept trainer”, but in short, it’s about reshaping the brain of the reactive, shy dog. The naughty dog.
Throughout the book, the reader is guided through different games and introduced to which strengths the games will build in your dog and how to do them. The book is a workbook, which means there are pages that you can write in your answers to the thinking points in the chapter. I am personally a fan of this, as writing things down while reading increases our learning and understanding, but if you have several dogs, consider making copies, so you can fill in the pages for each dog.
The book is also a big shout out to you, and the level of owner-encouragement throughout it is nothing but astounding. And it really does make you feel like a better dog owner.
And even if your dog isn’t naughty, in the sense of this book, the games are still fun and are a great way to build relationship between any human-dog combination.
What this book does not do:
This book does not present you with any kind of formal training methods. If you want your dog to heel, sit and shake, this is not the book for you. However, and this is important, all the games build the foundation for those skills by increasing the dog’s confidence and general ability to think during arousal. This means the book is a good addition to regular obedience training for any dog.
Where do I get this book?