From Birdbrained to Brilliant: Training the Sporting Dog to be a Great Companion
by Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell
He can retrieve—but can he sit, lie down, and stay?
Sporting dog breeds are relatively easy to train to do what they have been bred to do, be it retrieve, point, flush, or even act as a decoy to attract game! Most sporting breeds also have a gregarious personality and love people and other dogs. These attributes make sporting dogs very popular pets, but at the same time present all sorts of problems when the dogs are not working in the field.
Have you ever tried to ask your Lab to sit and stay near a pond with the ducks? Why is it that golden retrievers are notorious for jumping up on people (not to mention other dogs) when greeting them? Does your sporting dog eat every smelly item he encounters—before you can stop him? In this new book, author Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell offers answers for solving and preventing the often-surprising set of problems that owners of sporting dogs encounter at home and in their local communities.
You will learn:
- That many of the overly friendly traits associated with sporting dogs can cause problems with other people and other dogs if you cannot control your dog's enthusiastic (and sometimes obnoxious) greeting behaviors.
- How to make yourself more interesting than birds, as impossible as that might seem, and to make walks and outings more pleasant for all involved.
- How to train a strong "leave it" behavior to keep your dog from eating things that might be dangerous.