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    Hey everyone!

    Not sure if you're interested but this book was a fantastic help to me!

    I have three dogs who I have to admit I spoiled because they are my babies. Unfortunately they started to get pretty naughty.

    A friend recommended this book to me and after a week I found that most of the problems were disappearing - thank god! Because my neighbors were starting to complain.

    The book is Martin McKenna's "What's Your Dog Telling You?" and you can buy it from ABC Shop online or at any book shop as well as the Harpercollins Australia website.

    Apparently it also comes as an ebook if you're one of those Kindle-owning people! (:

    You can also check him out on Youtube for some quick tips at: The Dreadlock Dog Man.

    See what you think! Hopefully he can help you guys like he helped me!

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    I watched one of his videos once and did not particularly like his methods. Or the theory behind them. But I cannot clearly remember why. Might go and have another look as I have a friend with a new dog who is looking for useful resources.

    Whatever works for you though! I'm glad that you managed to make a difference to your dogs' behaviour so quickly.

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    I think his idea of not letting your dogs walk all over you is a good one.

    But he uses a lot of (gentle) aversives. And in this video - this sends the puppys well away from him - a bit hard to train them over there. How Can We Stop 3 Puppies From Nipping Us? - YouTube

    Too much of this and all you get is puppies - over there.

    He also contradicts himself a bit about why puppies chew on each other and when it's ok.
    Ie there is bitey face game and everyone is happy and then there's the I mean to kill you fights or I'm the big fat bully and you have to stop those.

    I find the dreadlocks and scary eyes and irish accent a bit off putting. And I also find the observation only stuff (no record keeping or testing of the theories drawn from the observations) - ie I want my relationship with my dog to be very different to how a mother dog relates to her puppies. So it helps to have a better understanding of why dogs do what they do than "I saw them do that".

    Use of aversives only - does not teach the puppy much about what you do want them to do.

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    So books and trainers I've found helpful

    Shaping success - Susan Garrett
    Ruff love - Susan Garrett
    A modern Dog's life - Paul McGreevy
    How dogs learn - Burch and Bailey
    Control Unleased - Leslie McDevitt
    Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know - alexandra horowitz
    Alexandra also wrote some great stuff on how dogs play.

    On talking Terms with dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas: book and video. My dog likes the video.
    This stuff is really important - you can prevent dog fights starting if you have know this stuff.

    And one I want to read -
    "When Pigs Fly - Training Success With Impossible Dogs" by Jane Killion
    A friend who owns a very well behaved bull terrier recommends this one.

    I found any training method that used a lot of aversives - no matter how mild - eg me forgetting where to go next - is enough to stress my dog out, confuse and frustrate her.

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    I just finally ordered Control Unleashed (my auto correct insisted on 'unwashed') and Calming Signals.

    And also Chill Out Fido! I really look forward to reading that one and hope it is the book that will make our friends and visitors like our dog too. I'll let you know how I go..
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    I just added Calming signals video to my xmas list.

    Dog books i have loved, that i would recommend as a 'ignorant on training, but reasonably intelligent, willing to learn, dog owner are':

    The Thinking Dog - cross over to clicker. by Gail Fisher. Really simple instructions. I am reading this at mo.
    Training in Drive - with Gottfried Dildei, by Sheila Booth - gave me a rock solid foundation in Bernie. I had a high octane pup, that needed a job to do fast! This book got us through.

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    I just read Calming Signals and didn't like it much at all. I already knew most of it just from watching a couple of videos on youtube. The book really didn't add much to that for me. And to be honest, I found her writing style downright annoying. Or maybe I even find her annoying. Personal opinion of course.

    I've flicked through and read the first 20 odd pages of Chill Out Fido! and am loving it so far and looking forward to finishing it. I'll do a review when I have.

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    My 7yo daughter is reading Calming Signals now. I knew she'd like it. So she is now pointing out every lick lip or head turn our dog makes and telling me off for stressing her. lol

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    Lol at Beloz

    I haven't read the book. I have watched the video - some people find her accent most annoying - English is not her first language. But the subject matter I found fascinating - especially watching my dog's response to the signals by the dogs on the telly. I have used it to keep the both of us out of trouble. Still can't figure out what she's trying to tell the lawn mower man. But he winds her up.

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