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How Can I Answer If I Don’t Understand the Question?

People tend to forget that dogs aren’t born knowing English. When your puppy is young, you think that she knows the word come because she runs toward you when you encourage her to. All a puppy really knows, however, is that she is dependent on you and wants to be …

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Train with Your Brain, Not Pain

Just a few years ago, most positive trainers began their dog-training careers using force-based methods—jerking on choke chains and otherwise physically or verbally intimidating their dogs into submission. Happily, more and more trainers today are “first-generation” positive trainers, growing up in a world where dog-friendly training is readily available and …

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Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

So you’re going to train your dog. At least you’re thinking about training, or you wouldn’t be reading this book. Congratulations! You are taking an important step toward ensuring that you and your dog will share a lifetime of fun, companionship, love, and respect. If you make a firm commitment …

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Controlling Behavior: The Role of the Nervous System

Certain actions . . . are the direct result of the constitution of the nervous system, and have been from the first independent of the will. It should be obvious from the previous chapter that the behavior of an animal is a complex affair and one that requires a high degree of control and …

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