It’s National Train Your Dog Month!

The purpose of Train Your Dog Month is to “promote training the family dog with everyday manners” as defined by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

If you’d like to get started on Fido’s social and behavioral skills, you don’t need to wait for a class! The Cheshire Public Library has you covered.

Dog Training 101 : step-by-step instructions for raising a happy, well-behaved dog by Kyra Sundance.
Using a visually driven, playful presentation, Dog Training 101 offers step-by-step instructions every dog owner needs to know as you care for and raise your canine best friend. From basic commands like sit and stay to everything you’ll need to prepare for a new dog’s arrival, renowned dog trainer Kyra Sundance is your friendly and expert guide.

The Power of Positive Dog Training  by Pat Miller.
(downloadable audiobook)
Renowned dog trainer Pat Miller gives you the positive training tools you need to ensure that you and your dog share a lifetime of fun, companionship, and respect. By following her step-by-step, six-week basic training program, you’ll learn how to develop a relationship with your dog based on friendship and positive reinforcement, not fear and punishment.

Zak George’s dog training revolution : the complete guide to raising the perfect pet with love  by Zak George.
(downloadable audiobook)
Celebrity dog trainer, YouTube sensation, and Animal Planet star Zak George presents a next-generation guide that uses his infectiously energetic style to teach dog-lovers everything they need to know about raising and training their unique pup. His fresh approach puts a strong emphasis on the relationship with the individual dog.

Dog Training for Dummies by Jack and Wendy Volhard.
This friendly guide shows you how to select the right training method for your dog, based on his unique personality, to reach your desired goals. Whether you want to teach Buddy to sit or master retrieving, you’ll get expert training tips and techniques for you and your dog — to ensure a mutually respectful relationship with your four-legged friend.

Cesar’s rules : your way to train a well-behaved dog by Cesar Millan.
Cesar Millan takes on the topic of training for the first time, by explaining the importance of balance as the foundation for a healthy relationship between you and your dog. In order to provide a variety of training options, he calls upon some of the foremost experts in the field to offer their advice so that you can find the perfect approach that works for you and your dog through a variety of methods. 

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Join Us For An Evening with a Dog Listener on May 19th

Having a pet is a lot of work. The four legged members of every family are important, and while we love them dearly, sometime they can cause as as much stress and frustration and love and joy. If you have a dog, or are planning on adopting on in the near future, you might want to register for an upcoming program. On May 19, 2016 we are hosting An Evening with a Dog Listener, Pat Wright, from 6 to 8 pm.

The program will help teach how to bring your dog to peace and solve the problem of unwanted behaviors. Some of the many topics discussed are pulling on the lead, jumping up, aggression, separation anxiety, and excessive barking. You will also learn how to get willing cooperation with your dog to perform any task at hand. Participants should bring their questions and concerns about the canines in their life, but please do not bring along the dogs in question. Registration is required, which can be done online, or by calling 203-272-2245, and choosing extension 4.dogs

Pat Wright has studied in England with the original Dog Listener, Jan Fennell, and has graduated from all class levels offered. Pat has also worked as the highest ranking Dog Listener in the United States of the Jan Fennell International Team of Dog Listeners as well as a mentor to other Dog Listeners around the world. Pat has studied wolf behavior with some biologists in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming on three different occasions. Pat mixes in some very entertaining experiences from her many years of Dog Listening through out New England.

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If you are eager to get started, need help now, or just want to do a little research on your own beforehand, here are some suggested titles on understanding and/or training your pooch; Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw, Don’t Dump the Dog: Outrageous Stories and Simple Solutions to your Worst Dog Behavior Problems by Randy Grim with Melinda Roth, Why Does my Dog Act That Way?: a Complete Guide to Your Dog’s Personality by Stanley Coren, The Loved Dog: the Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach your Dog Good Behavior by Tamar Geller, with Andrea Cagan, Decoding your Dog: the Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Cesar’s Way: the Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems by Cesar Millan with Melissa Jo Peltier, Citizen Canine: Ten Essential Skills Every Well-Mannered Dog Should Know by Mary R. Burch, or  Before & After Getting your Puppy: the positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog by Ian Dunbar.