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By Laurien Berenson

Win, position. . .Or Die.

The obvious middle assault that killed kennel proprietor Max Turnbull has left seven puppies in mourning, and his spouse Peg suspecting foul play. however the basically facts is their lacking prize pooch--a pedigreed poodle named Beau.

Enter Melanie Travis. together with her younger son fortunately ensconced in day damp, the thirty-something instructor and unmarried mom is talked into investigating her uncle's death--unofficially, after all. Posing as a poodle breeder looking for the proper stud, Melanie hounds Connecticut's elite dogs competitions, and unearths an best friend in fellow breeder Sam motive force. yet her affection cools whilst she's wear the smell of Sam's questionable earlier. . .and sizzling at the path of a poodle-hating neighbor and one elusive assassin who isn't able to come to heel.

For, as Melanie quickly discovers, in a championship dog-eat-dog global, the intuition for survival, and profitable, can end up deadly.

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A Pedigree to Die For (Melanie Travis, Book 1)

Win, position. . . Or Die.

The obvious middle assault that killed kennel proprietor Max Turnbull has left seven puppies in mourning, and his spouse Peg suspecting foul play. however the merely facts is their lacking prize pooch--a pedigreed poodle named Beau.

Enter Melanie Travis. along with her younger son fortunately ensconced in day damp, the thirty-something instructor and unmarried mom is talked into investigating her uncle's death--unofficially, after all. Posing as a poodle breeder looking for the best stud, Melanie hounds Connecticut's elite canines competitions, and reveals an best friend in fellow breeder Sam driving force. yet her affection cools whilst she's wear the odor of Sam's questionable prior. . . and scorching at the path of a poodle-hating neighbor and one elusive assassin who isn't able to come to heel.

For, as Melanie quickly discovers, in a championship dog-eat-dog global, the intuition for survival, and profitable, can end up deadly.

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If you don’t have a clear cue that your dog is free to do as he likes, he will always be guessing when he can stop doing whatever you are asking for. It is confusing and distressing for a dog 46 4 — Fundamentals of Shap ing Behav iors not to know if he is on duty or not. He will guess at which hand movements or changes in your voice or stance he can seize upon as a cue. He will often guess wrong, and you will get annoyed at him for “blowing you off ” in the middle of a training session. If, on the other hand, you consistently require your dog to continue doing whatever it is you are asking for until you give a specific release cue, such as “OK,” “Free,” or “Go Be a Dog,” your dog will relax and just keep working until told to stop.

I do use luring to train my dogs, but there are limited instances where I will introduce it. Especially in the beginning stages, it is more important that your dog learn how to think and offer behaviors than how to do any particular behavior, and luring is not the best way to those goals. We will discuss the proper place for lures later in the book. These are places where it is good training economy to think about using a lure. Dog trainers will debate hotly over whether free shaping or luring is the better method of training any particular behavior.

Everyone starts out a little clumsy—remember my friend who kept trying to click the food and feed the clicker to her dog! You will get the hang of it, I promise. You will get better and better at it until the click becomes an automatic response that you do not have to think about. If you want to do some “extra credit” work on your clicker skills, you could practice while watching TV—pick one behavior and click that. You could click for nods, or smiles, or tosses of the hair, handshakes, whatever.

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