Buy Now as an eBook: Building Blocks Academy (Grisha’s site)
This 160-page book is an introduction to dog training that started as the companion exercises for Ahimsa Dog Training classes in Seattle. It has practical exercises that start from a basic level and work up through advanced work on the most important behaviors for dogs to know.
This quick manual is helpful for dog trainers to use with clients or new ideas for exercises and for breeders to share with new puppy parents.Look below the table of contents on this page for reviews by Paul Owens and other dog behavior and training experts.
Where to Buy
- eBook: Building Blocks Academy (Grisha’s site)
- Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.
- Wholesale: Contact us for information on a discount program to sell this book in your store or give out to training students, adopters, etc.
- SAMPLE: Download Chapter 1
Current Table of Contents (subject to change):
COMMUNICATION & LEARNING GO BOTH WAYS
UNDERSTANDING YOUR DOG’S COMMUNICATION
– Four types of consequences for behavior
– Focus on the good stuff
– Killing with kindness: a note on rewards
CLICKER TRAINING WORKS!
WHAT IS A CLICKER?
WHY DOES THE CLICKER WORK?
GETTING RID OF PROBLEM BEHAVIORS
JUMPING & OTHER ACCIDENTALLY TRAINED BEHAVIORS
PUPPY BITING & CHEWING
15 TIPS TO STOP BARKING IN CLASS
FEAR, FRUSTRATION, AND AGGRESSION
– Counterconditioning and systematic desensitization
– Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT)
DON’T LEAVE ME! PREVENTING SEPARATION ANXIETY
HEY, THAT’S MINE! PREVENTING & DEALING WITH RESOURCE GUARDING
GOOD HABITS ARE HARD TO BREAK!
TEACHING RELIABLE BEHAVIORS
CHOICE POINTS-SET YOUR DOG UP FOR SUCCESS
RECALL CUE-COMING WHEN CALLED
– Things to avoid when training Come
– General tips for Come
– Treat Party-the emergency recall cue
– Practice all the time
– Gradually make it harder
– Treat fetching-A fun way to train and play!
– More recall games
RELAXATION ON CUE
RELEASE WORDS-ARE WE THERE YET?
– Release cue
– End of session cue
TOUCH-TARGETING NOSE TO HAND
LOOSE LEASH WALKING
– Click for attention / Click for position
– Turn and follow
– Focused walking (Touch and you’re heeled!)
– Being a tree or backing up
– Speed training
– Penalty yards
– Silky leash technique
GIVE OR DROP IT
101 THINGS TO DO WITH A BOX
GO TO YOUR BED
ADDING A CUE TO ANY BEHAVIOR
GOOD LUCK AND KEEP IT UP
RESOURCES FOR EVEN MORE HELP
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
“Of the thousands of dog training books out there, it’s rare finding one that has something new to say or presents the science of positive training in a unique and meaningful way. Grisha’s new book, the Ahimsa Dog Training Manual, does just that. Clear, concise, informative and extremely user-friendly, this book deserves a prominent place on every trainer’s bookshelf.”
Best-selling author of “The Dog Whisperer; A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training” (Adams Media, 1999) and “The Puppy Whisperer A Compassionate, Nonviolent Guide to Early Training and Care” (Adams Media, 2007)
“This is it! This is the easy-to-read, concise handbook that every responsible dog owner will want to read. This manual spells out practical, step-by-step training solutions while educating the reader on the science behind the theory. Grisha is the leading authority on Behavior Adjustment Training, and shares her unique method of bringing about change in a positive, force-free, and fear-free environment. This book also shows us a way to teach loose-leash walking that is free from frustration and maps a clear strategy for us to follow.
Renowned Stunt Dog Performer and author of best seller “101 Dog Tricks”
When Fido arrives at the intersection of Good Dog Street and Bad Dog Alley, which way will he go?” asks Grisha Stewart in her book, The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: A Practical, Force-Free Guide to Problem Solving and Manners. Grisha’s book can help you manage Fido’s environment and train him to make good choices. She offers a variety of force-free ways to train common behaviors, and her writing is always engaging and as friendly as her methods. Your dog will definitely enjoy your training sessions based on this book.
-Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, Pawsitive Results, LLC, Lexington, SC
APDT Past President and of “Your Outta Control Puppy,” “Super Simple Guide to Housetraining,” “Quick & Easy Crate Training,” and “Puppy Care and Training”