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TitleThe Midnight Dog Walkers: Positive Training and Practical Advice for Living With Reactive and Aggressive Dogs
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Table of Contents
                            INTRODUCTION
WHAT IS THE MIDNIGHT DOG WALKERS’ CLUB?
THE $12,000 ROTTWEILER: I’VE BEEN WHERE YOU ARE
TROUBLED DOGS: THE SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM
A DOG TRAINERS’S STREET EDUCATION
WHAT DOESN’T WORK AND WHY
DR. PAVLOV SITS ON YOUR SHOULDER
THE COUNTERCONDITIONING REVOLUTION: HOW TO UN-RING THE BELL
THE REAL SECRETS TO GREAT DOG TRAINING
DON’T WALK THE DOG
GOOD LEASHES MAKE FOR GOOD NEIGHBORS
THE TRIFECTA FOR A CURE: VETERINARIANS, TRAINERS, AND OWNERS
THE COVENANT WITH MAN’S BEST FRIEND
Bibliography
Resources
Photo Credits
About the Author
Praise for The Midnight Dog Walkers
                        
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secure harness with no tightness on his neck of any kind. Chop up the food that
your dog loves the most into small pieces, and don’t feed him a big meal prior to
your training session. When your dog sees another dog (or person or whatever
his trigger is) passing by the window from the safety of your home, chicken falls
from the sky. As the trigger disappears from his sight, the food stops instantly.
Some of my clients have had great success with this method from behind their
chain-link fence—they no longer allow the dog to chase his triggers from behind
the fence, but they use it to their advantage in training.

You can also have your dog in his harness, with plenty of chicken on hand, and
go to the most securely fenced yard that you can find with a dog residing in it.
Lead your dog to a spot at least 25 feet away from the fence and behind a visual
barrier (such as a car). Step out from behind the barrier with your harnessed dog.
Note: you will be holding the leash loosely and taking deep breaths or even
singing to yourself to keep yourself calm. When your dog sees the fenced dog,
you know what to do by now: chicken falls from the sky. Ignore any barking,
lunging, or freaking out from your dog. I repeat: by giving him the chicken, you
are not reinforcing the unwanted behavior in this context. We have to begin
somewhere, and sometimes that means initially ignoring the unwanted behavior
because punishing it will make your dog more afraid of his triggers.

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Vet First
Some dogs have undiagnosed physical pain or undiscovered hormone
issues (such as thyroid problems) that contribute to unwanted
behaviors. Some dogs will need to be put on antianxiety medications
before counterconditioning can be effective. The first step in training is
always to visit your veterinarian and rule out any potential contributing
medical concerns.

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their dogs. Lucky ones may even
end up with Annie.”

—Debbie Jacobs, CPDT-KA, CAP2

(www.fearfuldogs.com) “I’m thrilled to be reading an early copy of Annie
Phenix’s book on reactive dogs, where almost immediately I found this amazing

(and so very true) quote: ‘...in order to change another species’ behavior, we
must first change our own.’”

—Sarah Kalnajs, CPDT, CDBC

(www.bluedogtraining.com) “ is not just another
book about dogs. The title grabbed my attention … being a dog trainer, I

instantly realized what she meant. This book reaches out to those dog owners
who have to live with dogs who express themselves through aggressive

behavior, but it does so in a unique and so very touching way, with
compassionate, practical, and sound advice on how to deal with such behavior.
Annie [also] goes beyond this in reaching to all dog owners … in helping them
understand what others are going through and how all of us can help each other

and, ultimately, our beloved dogs.”

—Claudia Estanislau, DTBC, CASI (www.itsallaboutdogs.org) “A very
enjoyable read. Ms. Phenix is an excellent storyteller as well as someone who
has been there herself and can empathize with her readers. With solid, easy-to-

follow training advice, backed by expert veterinary behaviorists and fellow
trainers who specialize in working with reactive dogs, Ms. Phenix will give you

hope and practical training tools—and even some smiles along the way.”

—Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CPDT-KA, CDBC

(www.controlunleashed.net)

http://www.fearfuldogs.com
http://www.bluedogtraining.com
http://www.itsallaboutdogs.org
http://www.controlunleashed.net

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