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Changing People Changing Dogs

In “Changing People Changing Dogs”, Dee provides an easy-to-read compilation of strategies, techniques, exercises and scent games to address canine fear and aggression issues, based on the science of learning theory combined with Dee’s insight as a trainer. “Changing People Changing Dogs” is filled with simple and effective exercises – more than 50 that will have you and your dog, or your clients and their dogs, well on the way to a happy relationship.

View the full list of exercises from Changing People Changing Dogs (PDF)

Try these sample exercises with your canine pal!

Automatic Look Back (PDF)   /   Down on the Mat (PDF)   /   Relaxation & Stress Reduction (PDF)

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How to Create a Happy, Eager and Fun Relationship With Your Dog!

Dee Ganley and Nancy Lyon have created a training manual that highlights their dog training philosophy.

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The dedication, written by Nancy, appears in the front of the manual:
“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”

Dee and I are two of those “kind” of people who find joy and solace being with dogs. We are happiest in their company and proud to have earned their trust.  We have experienced the deeply civilized “conversations” that happen between well trained dogs and their handlers. We know that we are better people – more just, more open-minded, much kinder and certainly happier – because of the friendship of our dog partners.

Changing Fear to Joy

“Changing Fear to Joy”  is a manual that helps you use techniques to help shy and or reactive dogs feel more comfortable in new situations.

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Using socialization, desensitization techniques for nervous dogs to gain confidence with people and other animals. Addressing the importance of being confident and calm.



Teaching Self-Control Skills to Shelter Dogs

Our use of reinforcement and time outs to teach self-control in every part of the shelter dog’s life with us is central to our success.  To learn the dog must be able to think and to think requires self-control.

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What is the opposite of self-control?  OUT-OF-CONTROL!  Being out-of-control is what sends almost all our shelter dogs to us.  Obedience behavior by itself doesn’t teach self-control.  We start with the absolute basics.  We use what the dog wants and show him how to “manipulate” us to get it. For instance:

› To leave the kennel, the door won’t open… unless I back up.

› To get attention and treats at the kennel… then I have to put my butt on the ground.

› To go for a walk… I have to wear a gentle leader or sensation-harness and not pull while walking.

These aren’t obedience behaviors, they are self-control behaviors – but they are what 99% of the pet-owning public desperately wants from their pets. Dee trains to positively reinforce for calm, thoughtful behavior.  She teaches how not to reinforce out-of-control behavior.  We know “Dogs do what works” and we have found ways to make self-control work.