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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

Topics: Dogs, Animals, Language, Communication, Informative, Prescriptive, Guides, and How-To Guides

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ISBN: 9780061760662
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Jan Fennell had many dogs, showing and breeding Springer Spaniels, and attained great success in England doing this in the 1970s and 1980s. In her own dog training, and in teaching other people to train their dogs, she used conventional methods.She reports that she gradually began making subtle adjustments to her methods -- for example, instead of routinely choking with the choke chain, she started calling it the check chain and used it to make a light sound that the dogs would understand and react, so as to avoid being choked. Of course, the dogs would have had to have been "choked" to know to avoid it. As she says, these were slight changes.Then in 1990, she went to see Monty Roberts, author of The Man Who Listens to Horses, demonstrate his method. He worked with a two-year-old horse belonging to a close friend of hers, and Jan Fennell knew the horse had never been ridden. For the first time in its life, it was ridden that day, after less than half an hour in the ring with Roberts. Jan Fennell's life was changed: "For me too, it was as if a light had been switched on.... Most impressive of all, his method has no place for pain or fear. His view was that if you did not get the animal on your side then anything you did was an act of violation, you were imposing your will on an unwilling being... That day, as I watched him working in unison with the animal, looking at and listening to what the animal was signaling to him, I thought 'he's cracked it...'I thought how the heck can I do this with dogs?"[pp 22-23]She started watched her own pack of dogs, and she learned about wolves. She saw things that wolves did on video being acted out in front of her, in her own dogs. Bit by bit, she developed a method of working with dogs that got good results, and she used her dog training techniques to help others. She is now a world-renowned trainer.These are completely pain-free methods. They work. It works for her, obviously, from the many stories in the book. Jan Fennel's way of being dominant is to be very calm and confident. Can't argue with that!The Dog Listener, by Jan Fennell, describes her techniques, which she calls Amichien Bonding. Especially if you subscribe to the dog-as-domesticated-wolf theories, this book offers a loving approach to dog training.more

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Jan Fennell had many dogs, showing and breeding Springer Spaniels, and attained great success in England doing this in the 1970s and 1980s. In her own dog training, and in teaching other people to train their dogs, she used conventional methods.She reports that she gradually began making subtle adjustments to her methods -- for example, instead of routinely choking with the choke chain, she started calling it the check chain and used it to make a light sound that the dogs would understand and react, so as to avoid being choked. Of course, the dogs would have had to have been "choked" to know to avoid it. As she says, these were slight changes.Then in 1990, she went to see Monty Roberts, author of The Man Who Listens to Horses, demonstrate his method. He worked with a two-year-old horse belonging to a close friend of hers, and Jan Fennell knew the horse had never been ridden. For the first time in its life, it was ridden that day, after less than half an hour in the ring with Roberts. Jan Fennell's life was changed: "For me too, it was as if a light had been switched on.... Most impressive of all, his method has no place for pain or fear. His view was that if you did not get the animal on your side then anything you did was an act of violation, you were imposing your will on an unwilling being... That day, as I watched him working in unison with the animal, looking at and listening to what the animal was signaling to him, I thought 'he's cracked it...'I thought how the heck can I do this with dogs?"[pp 22-23]She started watched her own pack of dogs, and she learned about wolves. She saw things that wolves did on video being acted out in front of her, in her own dogs. Bit by bit, she developed a method of working with dogs that got good results, and she used her dog training techniques to help others. She is now a world-renowned trainer.These are completely pain-free methods. They work. It works for her, obviously, from the many stories in the book. Jan Fennel's way of being dominant is to be very calm and confident. Can't argue with that!The Dog Listener, by Jan Fennell, describes her techniques, which she calls Amichien Bonding. Especially if you subscribe to the dog-as-domesticated-wolf theories, this book offers a loving approach to dog training.more
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