Understanding Whiskers and Wags: Your Guide to Dog Behavior
Have you ever wondered why your furry friend spins in circles before lying down, or why the sight of a squirrel sends them into a frenzy? Here in our dog behavior section, we delve deep into the enigmatic world of canine behavior to unravel the mysteries behind your beloved pet’s actions.
Recommended Dog Training Book
Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days
Brandon McMillian believes that no dog is beyond saving, and the loving, positive, successful methods he offers will work wonders.
Based on proven techniques that simplify and streamline training and yield results after a few short lessons each day, Lucky Dog Lessons shows you how to:
- Get—and keep—your dog’s undivided attention
- Use your dog’s food drive to your advantage
- Adjust your approach based on your dog’s energy level
- Use rewards—treats, toys, and play—effectively
Throughout, McMillan shares his favorite success stories: Apollo, a leash-wrecking troublemaker turned star service dog; Grover, a sweet-tempered boomerang shelter dog who overcame severe separation anxiety; and Jemma, who transformed from an overexcited, antic-prone pup to a well-mannered companion.
Lucky Dog Lessons begins with the basics—building trust, establishing focus and control, and mastering training techniques.
From there, McMillan explains his playful, careful, and kind approach to training the 7 Common Commands he teaches every dog: SIT, STAY, DOWN, COME, OFF, HEEL, and NO.
Next, McMillan provides solutions to common canine behavior problems, including house training issues, door dashing, chewing, barking, and common mealtime misbehaviors. Lucky Dog Lessons includes easy-to-follow steps, illustrative examples, tried-and-true tips and tricks, and photographs to demonstrate each technique.
“Lucky Dog Lessons captures the unique combination of heart and head at the core of great dog training. McMillan’s methods are practical and effective-obviously honed over a lifetime of training and getting results. They’re also unfailingly positive.” — Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” Chief Veterinary Correspondent for the American Humane Association, and bestselling author of 22 books, including Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual
“A practical, approachable guide packed with sound advice on how to safely train any dog while building confidence, trust, and a loving bond. McMillan’s inspiring stories of the ‘unadoptable’ dogs he has helped find new forever homes affirm why every dog deserves a second chance.” — Kwane Stewart, D.V.M, Chief Veterinary Officer, National Director No Animals Were Harmed® Program, American Humane Association