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Summary

Some dogs need a little help.

Some dogs are afraid, or excited, or reactive. Dogs that "don't listen" and "go crazy" don't live the lives we - or they - want.

Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out can change that. Simple steps and an accessible, conversational tone from award-winning, internationally-known trainer Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP make calming the agitated dog not only possible, but pleasant.  

In this book you'll learn how to achieve change in short, simple training sessions of a minute or less; maximize the effects of natural brain chemistry; know when to call in medical help; "clean up" unreliable behaviors in both overexcited sport dogs and pets at home; and recognize how fear, aggression, and excitement are variants of the same root problem.  

The conversational tone is both informative and fun-very accessible, and it feels like the listener has a consulting trainer standing at her shoulder! Bring your dog from emotional to thoughtful, and enjoy a calmer, more enriched life with your best friend.

©2013 Laura VanArendonk Baugh (P)2019 Tantor

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Good methods, nice to listen to

Methods described were useful, ethical and positive reinforcement/reward based. The book was nicely read, the narrator made it easy to listen to. The author is a qualified dog trainer and uses Karen Pryor methods in her training. She also has a reactive dog herself so she's speaking form personal experience too. A good read.

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Real good!

Didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did, being a dog trainer. 😁

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  • 04-02-22

Good book, annoying narrator

Love the book but the narrator over exaggerates pronunciations. Voice bounces and D's and It's are loud and drawn out. SSSiT. wanT To SSTarT... makes it hard for me to follow so bought a hardcopy...

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  • A. Bond
  • 04-02-21

Great resource for reactive dogs and their people

Very well laid out, simple to process even as an audiobook. I usually read training books.

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  • Madison
  • 08-09-20

Informative and a must for reactive dog parents

This book is wonderful for dog trainers and owners alike when you want to better understand reactive and or aggressive dogs. This opens up so many new doors for pet parents and trainers alike when it comes to their dogs. A must read.

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  • Sherdawg
  • 09-07-22

THIS WORKS FOR REACTIVE DOGS

Have used this technique on an extremely people and dog reactive dog who had been in a shelter for over a year. Time is stretched thin in a shelter environment, so there was only about 4 days a week we were able to work on these short sessions of mat training. The dog picked up on it right away and within 2 months, she was non-reactive to dogs passing by, as close as through a window barrier. Now her only trigger with dogs is another reactive dog lunging toward her, understandably. Within 3 separate meetings of desensitizing her to new people, with her mat, she was able to be handled by this person who fell in love and offered to foster her and she left the shelter! Prior to her mat training, she was so reactive, most people were too uncomfortable to see her potential and wouldn't even come back for a second meeting. She now happily approaches many people and offers no lunging and barking when they look at her, approach her, reach for something, talk to her, etc. Baby bunnies and stray cats are the only things to trigger her lunging and barking these days. Amazing book for behaviorists/trainers!

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  • Alec
  • 09-05-22

Give it a try!

I’ve gotten lots of dog training books, most of which had very similar material and didn’t feel very relevant since my dog has anxiety issues. This book is very unique, and offers a training program that’s better suited for dogs with anxiety and aggression issues, and can still work for dogs with no issues at all. All positive training exercises means a happy doggo, so at the very least try it!

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  • 04-03-22

clicker training

just another clicker training book. nothing new or special. wasted my money. very slow and boring.

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  • Andrew
  • 02-07-21

good!

it is very helpful and Imwill have to give it ankther read. great for training