Train your dog by the book
Animal performances and tricks are fun to watch. For those wanting to train and bond with their dog, Hastings Public Library has numerous books available to help.
Kyra Sundance uses a positive dog training approach and uses her own dog Chalcy to demonstrate tricks in her book “101 Dog Tricks: Step-by-Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog.” As performers, Kyra and Chalcy have appeared on many shows such as Animal Planet’s “Pet Stars” and won other dog shows. Sundance shares a “Top 10 Training Tips” list and divides the book into how to train traditional favorites (rolling over), chores (tidy up the toys), playful exercises (peekaboo), convenience tasks(turn off the light), games (ring toss), obstacle course (weave poles), dancing (moonwalk), challenging stunts (counting) and many more.
Sundance stresses teaching obedience first and that you neJanuary 25, 2010k in a motivating environment (happy voice). She uses human treats as a reward. No, you don’t have to carry treats around the rest of your life because after a dog repeatedly performs a trick, the dog will automatically remember and perform the trick. For show dogs, learn from the books “Agility Training: The Fun Sport For All Dogs” by Jane Simmons-Moake and “Introduction to Dog Agility” by Margaret H. Bonham.
Keep it simple as you bring up and train your dog from early puppyhood to the well-behaved adult dog with “How to Train Your Dog” by Joan Palmer or “21 Days to Train Your Dog” by Colin Tennant. Don’t give up on your full-grown companion. “Old Dog, New Tricks” by David Taylor and “Training Older Dogs” by Miriam Fields-Babineau give suggestions about how to communicate and work with your older dog.
There are no books in our catalog about training cats (the Library has many books about how to take care of them) but you can mold your dog into the best companion it can be with time and patience with these and other books at the Library.