Walking the dog
Smart tricks for smart dogs : [a fun and easy step-by-step program for every dog]
Mary Ann Nester.
Neptune City, NJ : T.F.H. Publications, c2009.
Smart Tricks for Smart Dogs features visual step-by-step instructions to help the average dog owner succeed in teaching their canine pal a variety of fun tricks based upon six core movements__twist,_ _bow,_ _weave,_ _high five,_ _roll over,_ and _sit up & beg._ Additional techniques are included that build upon each core movement to create a variety of other tricks, making it easy to turn _roll over_ into _play dead,_ _twist_ into _triple twist,_ and _weave_ into _leg weaves_ and _backward weaves._ Vibrant color photographs on double-page spreads highlight every step of each trick. The highly durable laminated pages and hardcover hidden spiral make the book ideal for using while working with the dog. A removable gatefold progress chart is included with star and ribbon stickers to set training goals and note your dog_s achievements.Appropriate for dogs of any size or age, Smart Tricks for Smart Dogs is a great way for the entire family to get involved and have fun with training your pet pooch.
Safe and sound with child and dog
Dagmar Cutka.
Brunsbek ; Glastonbury : Cadmos, 2009.
Living with a dog can have a positive effect on a child’s development by promoting social skills and a sense of responsibility. This practical guide provides information on how to choose a family dog and on how best to prepare a dog for the arrival of a new baby. A range of tools for teaching young children how to interact with dogs—including play-based educational games, illustrations, and examples drawn from practical experience—are also included. This is an indispensable companion for all those sharing their everyday lives with children and dogs.
Citizen canine
Mary R. Burch.
Irvine, Calif. : Kennel Club Books, c2009.
The Canine Good Citizen program was created by the American Kennel Club to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. Written by the respected dog experts at the American Kennel Club (the very same organization that designed the test), Citizen Canine will help dog owner easily maneuver through the program’s 10-step curriculum, stressing responsible pet ownership and basic good manners for dogs. With the valuable information found in this helpful guide, your dog will pass the Canine Good Citizen test with flying colors and qualify for a certificate of
Training your superdog
Gwen Bailey.
New York : DK Pub., 2009.
The most innovative and practical dog training manual ever produced, Training Your Superdogcontains everything you need to know to develop a happy canine companion. Starting off with advice on choosing a breed, acquiring a dog (puppy, adult, pure-bred, or rescue), and caring for him. This dynamic guide uses the latest research into canine intelligence to explain how dogs think, and provides detailed information on how to communicate effectively with man's best friend and build a rewarding relationship that will last a lifetime.

Walking is great exercise for you and your dog. There are many good reasons to get out and walk! The health benefits of walking are well known for humans and dogs. But the bonding experience of a walk may trump health benefits. A daily walk empowers you in building a strong relationship with your dog.

Dogs love the adventure of a daily walk. They enjoy a change of scenery and being outdoors. Dogs experience the world through their nose and ears. They sense nuances of change in their neighborhood and they like visiting their favorite stops, yet they love seeing new places.

Dogs naturally travel in packs, and when you act as pack leader your dog’s love and respect for you increases. You guide him across a street of dangerous cars. You confidently choose the route, planning something interesting for both of you. When you keep half a step ahead of him because you are the leader, he understands that he is to follow and obey.

Dog training experts recommend two products for walking dogs:

*Buckle collar adjusted to properly fit so that the dog cannot back out of it.

*Gentle Leader Harness for control and safety

Products once commonly used in dog training classes, prong collars and choke chains, are not now recommended for use.

As leader you know what your dog needs: Exercise. Olfactory experiences. A chance to relieve himself.  A good leader will see that his dog experiences all of that and more. You need to be firm about how much “sniffing” time is allowed or else little exercise will take place. Yet, all walk and no “sniffs” make for a dull outing indeed!

A successful walk balances the needs and interest of dog and his owner and it allows both of you to share a fun experience!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff