Book Review: Doggie Language

Title: Doggie Language: A Dog Lover’s Guide To Understanding Your Best Friend by Lili Chin

This little book in physical size and shortness (about 125 pages), is packed with useful information about dog behavior and body language. The best part forms from the author’s speciality: dog illustrations. The pictures are colorful and cute, but most importantly they are accurate in detail, displaying correct postures and the resulting communication derived from them. It also includes several different dog breed illustrations, noting what differences to pay attention to like tail carriage.

I could have done without a couple of the captions (for example, “Lol” and “You dumb”), but that’s a minor point among all of the key concepts the book presents.

Would I recommend to:

Dog Owners? Yes!

Dog Professionals? Yes!

By Dan Raymer

Raymer Family Dog Training: Online Animal Training Classes

We are currently updating our website, and the way we will offer animal training classes moving forward. Some pages may temporarily be inaccessible. If you are interested in enrolling in training classes once they are launched again, you can contact us as normal. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Update March 3, 2021:

Our online dog and puppy training class is now accepting enrollments again (with one year of access). At this time we no longer have monthly memberships available, but may again in the future. Stay-tuned and subscribe to email notifications for updates. Thanks!

– Dan Raymer

Winter Update: 2021

I am now officially a Fear Free Certified Professional through Fear Free Pets. I’m always working to provide the most cutting-edge animal training information and instruction for pet guardians, and that involves consistently learning through continuing education opportunities.

What does this mean for our training programs? I will be adding new content to the online Canine Academy related to helping dogs (and cats, eventually) with cooperative care – to increase comfort with veterinary handling and in-home care. Reward-based training can help reduce fear, anxiety, and stress related to body handling and veterinary procedures, which translates to better behaved, calmer and happier pets.

By Dan Raymer

Raymer Family Dog Training News: Winter 2021

Happy winter!

Book Reviews:

I’m still working on Malena’s separation anxiety book. I wanted to include some others I will be covering soon as well in case anyone is interested in reading along or presenting some questions from the books.

Here they are:

Separation Anxiety in Dogs: Next Generation Treatment Protocols and Practices by Malena DeMartini-Price [170 pages]

Doggie Language: A Dog Lover’s Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend by Lili Chin [126 pages]

Remember Me? Loving and Caring for a Dog with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction by Eileen Anderson [135 pages]

New Videos:

Two new videos are up:

Dog Playing with Kong

One of the Most Fun Dog Behaviors to Train

We’re planning on posting many more videos in the future.

Thank you to everyone who has shared our content.

By Dan Raymer

Dog Training Test for Fun!

When you choose an answer, it will provide immediate feedback on whether that is the correct or incorrect choice.

1. When training animals, treats are one of the best forms of motivation and rewards.
2. A person has to provide some type of motivation in order to train dogs.
3. Skilled dog trainers can guarantee behavior results.
4. If a dog is upset, what is the correct training path?
5. Growling is normal dog communication behavior.
6. Dogs will crouch into a bow position to indicate:
7. When training new behaviors, you should use a high rate of reinforcement (ROR).
8. What is feeding for position?
9. You have to use a clicker to train new behaviors.
10. What are cues?
11. When using a clicker, you should:
12. You have to reward every behavior forever
13. Puppy socialization should include:
14. You should rub your puppy's nose in his house-training mistakes.
15. You have to crate train a puppy.
16. Crate training is:
17. You should allow dogs to sniff on walks.
18. Training with rewards is enrichment (a fun activity) for dogs.
19. What are the 3-D's in dog training?
20. Dominance plays a huge role in dog behavior.
21. What are the four quadrants of operant conditioning?
22. Classical conditioning is an important type of learning in dog training.
23. Positive reinforcement methods work for training:
24. You must train your dog every obedience behavior to have a well-trained dog.
25. Dogs are always learning whether we are training or not.

Let us know how you did in the comments below. Think your friends and family would have fun taking the test? Share it with them.

If you are interested in learning more about dogs and animal training, consider joining our online Canine Academy, which covers information on this test and much more. Thanks for participating!