Wolfdogs A-Z: Behavior, Training & More is exactly what it implies; a comprehensive guide to living with a wolfdog. Wolfdog "owners" (or those who are owned by wolfdogs!) know that these canines can be a lot more of a challenge than the average dog. Nicole Wilde has worked with wolves and wolfdog mixes in a rescue, education and training capacity for over fifteen years, and generously shares her knowledge. Covered is everything from teaching basic behaviors to dealing with fear issues (see too "Help for Your Fearful Dog" by Wilde for a comprehensive guide to dealing with fear issues), dominance challenges, "Winter Wolf Syndrome," myths versus reality, and much more. No one who shares their life with a wolfdog should be without this excellent guide.
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Nicole Wilde is involved in wolfdog rescue, training and education. She is dedicated to helping wolfdog owners make their relationship successful, and giving the public a realistic view of wolfdogs. Nicole runs a dog training business and uses gentle, positive training methods. She believes that communication, kindness and patience are the keys to her success.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Principles of Positive Training
Many methods of dog training advocate the use of harsh physical corrections. While dogs trained with these techniques may appear obedient, they are actually complying out of a fear of punishment. It would be like someone putting a gun to your head and demanding that you do the Hokey-Pokey. Sure you'd do it, but is that what it's all about?
Aversive methods seemingly give the human immediate control, but have serious long-term repercussions. Punishment-based training causes stress and frustration, which often surfaces later as aggression or other behavioral problems. It teaches your companion to dislike training and to fear making a wrong move. Worst of all, it erodes the trust between you.
Wolfdogs are often more sensitive than doggie-dogs. While all dogs should be trained with positive methods, it is especially crucial with wolfdogs! The use of harsh training methods could result in severe psychological damage to your wolfdog, not to mention severe injury to you, either immediately or down the road. Now for the good news: There are wonderful, effective, positive ways to train your wolfdog!
It's nice to believe that your wolfdog wants to please you, and for all I know, maybe he does. But the truth is, canines do what works for them. Well, that's understandable. So do humans! Let's use that knowledge to our advantage. The fact that your wolfdog will work for a reward, whether that means treats, praise, petting or something else, makes reward-based, positive training easy and effective. Turn the page for some basic principles to get you started...
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Book Description Phantom Publishing, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 268 pages. 8.25x5.50x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __096677261X
Book Description Phantom Pub, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11096677261X
Book Description Phantom Publishing, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 268 pages. 8.25x5.50x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 096677261X
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97809667726161.0