The Dog Listener: Learn How to Communicate with Your Dog for Willing Cooperation

The Dog Listener: Learn How to Communicate with Your Dog for Willing Cooperation

Jan Fennell

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 0060089466

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In The Dog Listener Jan Fennell shares her revolutionary insight into the canine world and its instinctive language that has enabled her to bring even the most delinquent of dogs to heel. This easy-to-follow guide draws on Jan's countless case histories of problem dogs—from biters and barkers to bicycle chasers—to show how you can bridge the language barrier that separates you from your dog.

This edition includes a new 30-Day Training Guide to further incorporate Jan's powerful method into every element of pet ownership, including:

  • Understanding what it means to care for a dog
  • Choosing the right dog for you
  • Introducing your dog to its new home
  • Overcoming separation anxiety
  • Walking on a leash
  • Dealing with behavioral problems
  • Grooming
  • And much more

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getting at his feet. Riby displayed the normal range of symptoms. So many people imagine that it is normal for a dog to jump up, to pull on the lead, to harass visitors to the house. I can assure them it is not. Riby did all of these things too. Most telling of all, he had got into the habit of lying in his bed in the morning. He would not get out until his owners coaxed him out. It was as if he was lying in state; it was the powerful sign that once more I was dealing with a dog that believed it

difference now was that it had to be channeled in a different direction. My interest in psychology and behaviorism had car- ried on from university. Behaviorism in particular had really become part of the mainstream by now. I had read Pavlov and 22 t h e d o g l i s t e n e r Freud, B. F. Skinner, and all the acknowledged experts in the field and, to be honest, I found a lot that I could agree with. The idea, for instance, that when a dog is jumping up, it is aim- ing to establish a

precisely constitutes a separation. Clearly, if your dog remains at home while a member of your family leaves the house to go to work or school for the day, or heads off to the supermarket for a couple of hours, separation has occurred. But what about when someone pops out of the living room into the kitchen, or dashes upstairs to the bathroom? So as to clarify what I mean in my method, a separation occurs when one member of the household leaves the dog and, in so doing, erects a physical

there is the remotest chance of your dog becoming hyperactive and “trashing” the room, then you must clear out the room before starting, so as not to set yourself up for failure. When the first reunion occurs after separation, if your dog reacts in an unacceptable way, you should take it by the collar and lead it away from the room to its exclusion zone. This is a crucial moment in the struggle for leadership of the pack, so it is vital that you demon- strate all the qualities of leadership at

tendencies. I called them the “Goxhill Mafia.” The owners showed me how the kitchen bore the brunt of the storm. The puppies would help themselves to food, chomping their way through packets of biscuits and cereals; they had even bitten their way through tins. Any plates, pots, and pans that stood in their way were brushed aside. Nothing, it seemed, escaped their juvenile jaws. Over the last few months, the calamitous puppies had bitten their way through floorboards, copper piping, and even an

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