K9 Obedience Training

Teaching Pets and Working Dogs to Be Reliable and Free-Thinking

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K9 Obedience Training

The best positive obedience training program for your pets or working dog.

Obedience is the foundation of any reliable, well-trained dog. Without obedience, working dogs are ineffective in operations and pet dogs can be annoying and possibly a danger to themselves or others. In K9 Obedience Training, certified animal behavior consultant and veteran search and rescue (SAR) dog handler and trainer Susan Bulanda shares the secrets of building an effective obedience training program. SAR dogs need “thinking” obedience: they sometimes need to exercise intelligent disobedience in the field. You can use the same training program for any working or pet dog.

For trainers who demand the best obedience training for future working dogs, Susan’s techniques lay the groundwork for success. And pet owners who want to help their dog be easy to be around will find lots of training tips and exercises too, along with straightforward advice on proper handling, grooming, and teaching simple tricks.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
K9 Obedience Training 1
Foreword 7
Introduction 10
PART I TRAINING YOUR DOG TO THINK FREELY 18
1 What Is a Free Thinking Dog? 19
2 A Positive Training Philosophy 28
PART II PRETRAINING BASICS FOR THE FREE THINKING DOG TRAINER 36
3 Talking to Your Dog 37
4 Questions to Ask Before You Start Training 47
5 Housetraining and Crate Training 59
6 Handling Your Dogs Body for Grooming and Hygiene 70
PART III BASIC OBEDIENCE TRAINING 95
7 The Equipment 96
8 Setting Up for Success 112
9 Basic Obedience Training 120
10 Advanced Obedience for Safe Work, Sport, and Play 158
11 Exercises for Common Behavioral Challenges 173
12 Tricks 188
Conclusion 200
Photo Gallery 202
Notes 206
About the Author 208