Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed


by Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT-KA, Level 2 TAGteach Certified


Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed

by Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT-KA, Level 2 TAGteach Certified

ISBN: 9781892694447

Publisher: Clean Run Productions, LLC

Publication Year: 2019

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 167

From the back cover:

In her third book, Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed, Leslie McDevitt discusses her exciting new additions to the Control Unleashed training program, as well as new perspectives and revisions of the foundation behaviors and core games. The new concepts and techniques will support you in teaching your dog life skills and coping skills so that he is comfortable in the world, building relationships, empowering your dog, and creating a two-way system of communication between you and your dog.

Rather than being bound to a world where people are taught to think of training as nothing more than cue-and-response, the Control Unleashed program boldly takes us even further into the realm of conversational training – a style of interaction where both the handler and dog can cue each other to perform a behavior and give feedback, and where the dog takes the driver’s seat and directs his counterconditioning process. Letting the dog make choices and actively participate not only gives the dog control over his own learning, but it also establishes trust and fosters a spirit of communication. And, it makes humans more humane.”

Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed is a welcome new installment in Leslie McDevitt’s Control Unleashed series. In this highly personal and very useful book, Leslie shares many practical exercises designed to help deal with the common but elusive statements of ‘give our animals choice,’ ‘have a dialogue with your animal,’ and ‘teach an alternative behavior.’ This new book is full of new exercises and stories that many trainers will find immediately useful for their own anxious dogs or to help the dogs of clients. Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed is sure to become a must-have resource for trainers at all levels.” – Ken Ramirez, biologist and animal behaviorist with 40+ years of animal care and training experience, Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training

“I found myself marveling at this glimpse into the future, a place where communication and choice feature front and center. Well done, Leslie!” – Denise Fenzi, founder Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, author of Train the Dog in Front of You and Beyond the Back Yard and co-author of the four-book Dog Sports Skills series

“In Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed, Leslie brings refreshing clarity and practicality to a subject as abstract and intimidating as reactivity. From assessing your dog’s behavioral challenges to teaching skills to help your dog cope with the world and learn to function, this book provides the entire training community – professionals, competitors, and enthusiastic pet owner – with much-needed practical tools and realistic intervention strategies to support their dogs’ needs.” – Hannah Branigan, MS, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and Clicker Expo Faculty, instructor for Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, and owner of Wonderpups

Additional information

Weight .3 kg
Dimensions 22.8 × 16.6 × .9 cm

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