The United States is home to 78.2 million owned dogs, and 28 percent of owners own more than one dog, while 12 percent own three or more. That means more furry love for owners, but also can create a howling mess over that (GRRRR!) new canine friend. From conflicts over favorite toys and chew bones to sharing time with a favorite human, adding new pets rubs fur the wrong way and creates hairy situations for everyone - including you.
Whether you share your life with one dog or a houseful of hounds, this new guide gives owners the ability to understand why dogs act with dog-matic aggression, and learn how to soothe the growls and turn your household into a peaceable kingdom. You'll find detailed prescriptive how-to advice focused in the most common problems found in the multi-dog household. Use these fun techniques to calm fears, explain canine woofs and whines and body language, and strengthen the bond you share with your dogs. Step by step tips from this award-winning author and certified animal behavior consultant explain how to:
Recognize and diffuse dog-to-dog aggression
Solve canine firework fears, thunder phobias and separation anxiety
Settle disputes over territory, potty problems and mealtime woes
Choose an appropriate furry friend that resident dogs welcome with open paws
Introduce the new arrival (including fiancee, babies, kids and cats) to the current canines
Solve common pet peeves: barking, chewing, digging, jumping up, and more!
Fun, practical, and eminently informative, ComPETability helps owners devise strategies that enable multiple dogs to live in harmony within the same household. Written by one of America's premier pet experts, the book explains everything the loving dog owner needs to know. Most important, ComPETability provides crucial tips on how to evaluate and match your pets' personalities, improve their relationships, and make your home a sanctuary for canine fun and peace.
For more pet behavior advice refer to:
ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Cat-Dog Household
ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-Cat Household
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One of my favorites! It is chock full of useful information for new dog owners (whether you've got just the one or a whole pack!)
The information was relevant, detailed, and easily applicable to life with multiple dogs. Even if you only have one dog, it has information you can apply to having your dog get along with others during visits or playdates.
I like when authors read their own writing. It gives the book a whole new dimension.
I listened to it in the car, but I would suggest listening with a pad of paper and pen so you can jot down the tips and tricks that speak to you the most!
The author generously gifted a copy of this book for an honest review. I really enjoyed listening to it and will take a look at purchasing Amy's other books on pet behavior!!
- J. Piazza
One thing I very much liked about this book had new concepts that I have not read about in other books. I have probably consumed 20 training and dog behavior books in the last 18 months. Most of the books seem to reword concepts that are covered in previous books. This book seemed to introduce some new training hypothesis and concepts and that was a breath of fresh air.
The least interesting was this,
“Positive punishment has no place in modern training.” OK sure, Im not going to argue that here. But your example of shaking the couch to get the dog off the couch and saying “earthquake” is Positive Punishment! You add a stimulus -shake couch- (POSITIVE) to reduce getting on couch behavior (PUNISHMENT). “Punishing aggression increases aggression.” You might want to check on that concept. Giving the dog a massage to get him out of an aroused state kind of doesn’t make sense from a behavior modification perspective. Add POS. Reinforcement to stop arousal, is telling the dog to be amped up is OK.
To be honest I am not inspired by this book. I get clients needed behavior modification training often. They might have already tried some of these purely positively concepts with little success. I am not saying that the concepts are flawed, I’m saying that the reality is that a pet owner will not put in the time, will not be as consistent, and inadvertently reinforce more bad behaviors because they do not have the eye of a trainer. More commonly they will either live with the problem, or rehome the dog. (depending on the severity of the issue of course)