101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance
Why do a book review about dog training? If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new ways to improve, but you don’t have time to read every book out there. I hope my review will help you sort through the less than useful to find this very useful book.
My dogs are a top priority in my life and I want to make my relationship with them the best it can be. I am by no means a “dog trainer” in the usual sense of the word. That’s why I’m always looking for knowledgeable people to help me improve. This book is worth the read.
If you’ve been following my saga with Lincoln, you know I’ve been trying to up my game. Read Why we have a difficult dog if you haven’t been following. Basically, Lincoln is our rescue dog. He needs a lot of help, especially in the training aspect. Since I’m not what you’d call a trainer, I turned to other people, one of which is a local lady who referred me to this book.
Reviewing the book
First. I searched Amazon, my go to shopping source. I found 101 Dog Tricks, even though they published it in 2007. Thanks Amazon! Once I received it, I started looking it over and liked what I saw. The book is very easy to navigate, making it an easy reference as you’re working with your dog. It categorizes each trick by level of difficulty and type.
Kyra Sundance, the author, works at the expert level in the dog sports of obedience, agility, jumping, hunting, retrieving, and versatility. She’s also nationally known for her trick dog show with her Weimaraner, Chalcy. She has appeared on the Tonight Show and Ellen DeGeneres, to name a few. She uses positive training methods that emphasize bonding and reward that have helped hundreds of dog owners.
Easy to read lessons
It starts with the basics of dog training, so sit, stay, etc., are at the beginning. As your dog learns the foundations, you move on to more advanced skills. The author tells you which skills your dog should already have for each trick so that you and your dog can build on them.
Each lesson has
- progressive photos of the skills
- step by step instructions
- hand signals
- what to expect
- level of difficulty
Kyra covers each skill in 1-2 pages, so you can easily refer to it, keeping the information handy as you train.
The introduction is full of useful information about training in general and would be a great read all by itself. It discusses dog training methods, how to use the book, what to expect, and training tips to help you and your dog succeed.
What I got from the book
I’m so glad I decided to do a book review of 101 Dog Tricks. As most dog owners can tell you, sit and stay are good skills to teach your dog. However, with Kyra’s book, it goes so much deeper.
We’re always training our dogs whether we plan to or not. Her book gives tips to make that training intentional. If you’re aware of what you’re telling your dog, you can be so much more effective. And you can build a relationship based on trust, respect and mutual understanding.
I have a long way to go, but just reading a little at a time, I am actually improving and making my relationship with my dogs much stronger.
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