We Need Your Help!

Carol and Amelia are writing a book!book cover wag the dog

Our first book will cover Wag The Dog training methods and aim to help teach people how to find the fun in their friendship with their dog.

But we need your help to make it great.

  • What is your current favourite dog training book, and why?
  • What do you feel is missing from dog training books that are currently on the market?
  • What types of dog training books seem easiest for you to read and enjoy?

Please let us know your thoughts!

4 thoughts on “We Need Your Help!

  1. I haveo helpul advice; I am just replying to say I NEED THIS BOOK. I also need to be able to give it to all my friends / relatives with dogs. PLEASE, PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

  2. My favorite dog training book is 101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy. I can’t say that I’ve taught Indy a lot of tricks, but he’s pretty good with the basic commands and some easier tricks. I like that it has step by step instructions and lots of pictures. It would be cool if there was a DVD or accompaniment walking through all 101 tricks.

    Initially, I got several books by Peggy Tillman because I used to volunteer with a service dog organization and they used clicker training with the dogs, but I realized pretty early on in the training process that I’m just not the type of person to carry a treat bag and clicker with me to train with, and I am not that great at clicking and rewarding consistently.

    Consistency is the hardest part about dog training, and it’s true that trainers train people, then the dogs. I don’t think that can be overemphasized. Anything that you can do to help people become more consistent with their training would be great. I know I should spend 5-10 minutes every day (or a couple times a day) with Indy working on his training, but I have to confess, I don’t.

  3. We love Kyra Sundance, too! In fact we are certified trick trainers through her Do More With Your Dog program!

    Re: clicker training – it is great and you should know that it works best when you DON’T click and reward consistently. The nice thing about reward is that it is stronger when it is random and unpredictable! Unfortunately, punishment requires epic levels of consistency. We like to say that the only thing more rewarding than occasional reward is occasional punishment!

    Regarding consistency – would you consider it a plus for the book to have specific guides and charts to fill in to help keep a person on track?

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