Empowerment Training for Your Power Dog: Unleash the Positive Potential in Bully and Mastiff Breeds, Pit Bulls, and Other Strong Dogs

Empowerment Training for Your Power Dog: Unleash the Positive Potential in Bully and Mastiff Breeds, Pit Bulls, and Other Strong Dogs

by Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell

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Overview

In her latest book, Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell turns to the subject of managing and training what she labels "Power Dogs." This grouping includes dozens of breeds who were originally bred to hunt game Or to protect people and their property, many of whom were also employed as fighting dogs. These are physically strong dogs relative to their size, usually with a mix of ancient mastiff and bulldog ancestry, and some have more recently been bred to terriers as well. These dogs tend to be protective, tenacious, and often exhibit aggression toward other dogs, but at the same time are playful, energetic and smart. So what are the secrets to successful Power Dog ownership? First you need to know your individual dog's traits and drives and then adopt a proactive management program to avoid situations where problems may arise. Second is to adopt training techniques which allow your dog to be rewarded consistently for behavior you want to reinforce and remove rewards from behaviors you want to discourage. These two strategies will help you empower your dog to make the right decisions and make him a well-trained companion dog!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617812323
Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell is the author of Teach Your Herding Dog to be a Great Companion, winner of the 2015 Capt. Haggerty Award for Best Dog Training Book as well as From Bird-Brained to Brilliant, and Terrier-Centric Dog Training.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 An Introduction to Power Dogs 4

2 Power Dog History 11

3 Is a Power Dog Right for You? 27

4 Canine Behavior Basics 41

5 Learning Theory in a Nutshell 48

6 The Magic of Motivation 66

7 Exercise for Body and Brain 77

8 Socialization-It's All About the Experiences 90

9 The Power of Proactive Management 117

10 Power Training for Power Dogs 134

11 Meeting the Letter and Avoiding the Long Arm of the Law 182

Conclusion 185

Appendix A Power Breeds From Around the World 187

Appendix B National Breed-Specific Legislation 189

Resources 193

About the Author 200

Index 202

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