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In 2018, more than 60 million American households owned a dog. Most dog owners will teach their pups basic cues such as “sit” and “stay.” But imagine visiting friends, only to find their dog opening the door to greet you, closing the door behind them, and bowing to say hello! It’s possible with THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER: A Step-by-Step Guide to 118 Amazing Tricks and Stunts (March 19, 2019; $17.95; by Larry Kay and Chris Perondi; Workman Publishing), an indispensable, step-by-step guide featuring 118 tricks and stunts that strengthen the bond between owner and dog—and impress all who watch!
THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER will enrich the lives of furry friends from all walks of life. Dog lovers can teach their canine companions a range of tricks from three comprehensive training programs (Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro), including:
- Sit Pretty: Dog sits up, raises both paws to chest, and stays balanced
- Boing: Dog jumps in the air on cue
- Crawl on Lure: Dogs scoots on the ground towards owner in a crawl position
- Wrap It Up: Dog grabs the edge of a blanket and rolls to wrap it around herself
- Run the Bases: Dog runs in sequence to a series of baseball bases
- Cookie Nose: Dog balances cookie on snout and waits to eat it
- Ride a Skateboard: Dog rides a skateboard across the room to owner
- Dance on Two Around Me: Dog stands up on two hind legs and walks backward around trainer
- Catch a Flying Disc: Dog races after flying disc, leaps into the air, and catches in his mouth
For those with aspirations of fame for their beloved pets, Chris Perondi, the #1 stunt dog and tricks master trainer and founder of Stunt Dog Productions, and Larry Kay, award-winning filmmaker, author (TRAINING THE BEST DOG EVER) and mastermind behind the wildly popular Positively Woof, offer a pro section, with information on moviemaking, live performance, dancing, and extreme stunts and sports such as agility, parkour, and dock diving. These expert levels are complete with tips on how to workshop a film or dance routine, how to set up a successful stunt program, and how to choreograph a stunning dance sequence. Featured interviews with trick trainers at the top of their fields also give aspiring master trainers a feel for what goes into acclimating their pups to the pro levels of training.
Kay and Perondi are devotees of the positive reinforcement training method, which, at its core, encourages owners to get to know their dog’s personality and learning style to cater to the tricks that will work best for their dogs. Certain behavior cues—such as saying a dog’s name in a positive tone of voice, praising and rewarding focused moments, ignoring missteps, and even crate training—are essential tools every owner should use to ensure that training sessions are fun-filled, safe, and memorable experiences for both dog and owner.
THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER also delves into dog psychology, emphasizing the difference between high- and low-energy dogs so that every owner can tailor a training session to their pups’ particular learning style. High-energy dogs, who lean on the wild and obsessive side, require varying between different energy-level activities to improve focus and ensure a safer training session. Conversely, low-energy dogs, who may not yet be accustomed to a lot of movement or intense focus, should start with shorter training sessions that build up to highly focused dogs who love to earn and learn.
Armed with methods that build dogs’ confidence and allow owners to make informed choices about their dogs’ trick training curriculum, THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER introduces the benefits of trick training that go beyond a cool Instagram video!
- Saving Lives! When shelters post cute clips or photos of dogs up for adoption, it helps those dogs find homes. Through his organization, Positively Woof, Larry Kay has shown that trick training videos help demonstrate that a dog is ready to be adopted into her forever home.
- Improved socialization and streamlined training: Trick training helps fearful dogs gain confidence, enabling them to meet new playmates and more readily acclimate to people. It also improves a dog’s behavior by preventing boredom and restlessness, which is often the cause of destructive behavior.
- Inside every shelter dog is an undiscovered movie star. 75 percent of the stunt and trick dogs seen in movies are shelter rescues, as are most of the dogs used to demonstrate the tricks in THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER! Shelter rescue is a great option for anyone considering adopting a dog. Who knows what hidden talents lie behind that adorable fluffy face?
- Strengthened bond: Our furry friends are reliant on us to keep them safe and happy, and trick training deepens that special bond by demonstrating that they can trust and depend on their human partners (children and adults alike) in all scenarios.
- Increased responsibility: Oftentimes, a pet is a child’s first introduction to responsibility and trick training is a firsthand experience that shows how sticking with something (training) can have amazing results and lead to safe and lasting interactions with dogs.
Whether the aim is to positively channel vigorous puppy energy or to bond with an old four-legged friend, THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER will have everyone’s best friend offering high fives, jumping through hoops, or even balancing on skateboards in no time!
MEET THE AUTHORS
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LARRY KAY coauthored TRAINING THE BEST DOG EVER (Workman Publishing), which was awarded the Maxwell Medallion for Best Training and Behavior Book by the Dog Writers Association of America and earned the first-ever book award from the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. He also authored LIFE’S A BARK, created and produced the award-winning Animal Wow dog care DVD for kids that was endorsed by the American Humane Association, and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and a columnist for Dog Fancy magazine. He has written and produced for Disney, PBS, and The Muppets, taught TV producing at NYU’s TV/Film School, and holds a master’s degree in TV/Film from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. With two million Facebook fans (facebook.com/PositivelyWoof), Larry’s Positively Woof platform promotes positive dog training, creative tricks and celebrations, and shelter dog adoptions with web films, hundreds of adoption success stories, and innovative cause marketing programs. Visit him at dogtricksandstunts.com and positivelywoof.com.
MEET THE DOGS
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SPIDER, an Australian Cattle Dog, was rescued from a shelter after he and his future father met on one of Larry Kay's shelter dog film sets in Los Angeles. Spider now performs more than fifty tricks and stunts. As the studio dog for Positively Woof, whenever the door to the video studio is opened, he runs inside and sits on his training platform, eager to perform tricks. His specialty trick is perching on a big ball and rolling it across the studio to his toy shopping cart. He lives with his father, Larry Kay, in Los Angeles.