Title: Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs
Authors: Amy Ammen & Kitty Foth-Regner
Publisher: Howell Book House
“This book will teach you how to train your hyper dog by using your hands, leash, voice, body language, and precise timing …,” Amy Ammen and Kitty Foth-Regner write in the introduction of their book, Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-thirty-four-page over-sized paperback targets those interested in how to train their over-active canine. With black-and-white photographs, it focuses on what to do and what not to do when teaching your dog how to behave, listen, and act.
After acknowledgments, an index of basic skills, and introduction, the book is divided into ten chapters, ending with an index, the authors’ biographies, photo credits, and advertising. Beginning with the descriptions and personalities of different types of hyper dogs, it explains how to communicate and train your beloved pet.
Covering a myriad of ways to avoid training with treats, planning ahead, and using the Sneakaway and chin-touch-okay techniques as well as long leash leads, umbilical cording, and an energy-release program, the authors show how a quick, silent pull on a leash can produce a well-behaved, obedient, and controlled animal.
~ Why ~
The best part of this comprehensive book is the explanation how the Sneakaway technique can get your pet’s attention without having to give him or her a treat for completing a task. Since we have a 18-month old beagle, he prefers gluttony that is true to his breed, yet we want to teach him treats are not the end-all for good behavior. I liked the many photographs of the authors and their students working with the creatures.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not like that the book recommends a “quick jerk” for training, but it is one way to get the attention of your dog. Other pet owners may not approve of its use of prong collars, crate training, and lack of treat use for training. Since the book also contains information on tricks and organized sports, it may not be for all readers.
~ Wish ~
Although I appreciate this book, I wish it had more up-to-date information as it is written in 2007 and could be improved in how it approaches non-treat training through constant repetition, gentle pulling with praise, and unwavering consistency.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for an educational book on how to train your “best friend” without using a food source, this book will offer some useful tips, even if it is a bit dated.
Thanks to the authors for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hip-ideas-for-hyper-dogs-amy-ammen/1100295780