What’s It About
Including an entirely new section on leash-walking multiple dogs, this dog training booklet has received rave reviews from people living with more than one dog. Written with Patricia McConnell and Karen London’s extensive knowledge of both theory and practicality, (not to mention their sense of humor), it provides clear and workable ideas to make living with a pack of dogs fun and fulfilling.
This is a great resource if you’re looking for some dog training tips to create a little order out of the canine chaos in your home, or wondering how in the world you’ll manage the entire pack for a walk around the neighborhood. Perhaps you’re concerned that there is tension between two of the dogs in your pack or whether your dog’s play might escalate into aggression. This expanded and updated booklet has the answers to those questions and many more. Written to help you maximize the joy of living in a multi-dog household, it emphasizes the use of ethology and positive training methods to teach your dogs to be polite and patient instead of demanding and pushy.
Filled with practical ideas about keeping life fun in houses that have two dogs or many more than that, Feeling Outnumbered is a great resource for all multiple dog owners whether novice or professional.
About the Authors
Patricia McConnell, Ph.D, CAAB, has been training dogs and helping dog owners for over twenty years. She is the behaviour columnist for The Bark magazine (“the New Yorker of Dog Magazines”), a consulting editor for the Journal of Comparative Psychology and Adjunct Associate Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She hosted public radio’s Calling All Pets for 14 years, and is an internationally acclaimed speaker and seminar presenter. She is also the author of many books.
Karen B. London Ph.D is an Ethologist, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviourist and a Certified Pet Dog Trainer whose clinical work focuses on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioural problems in dogs.
Published 2008 Dogwise Publishing
Great Book-Quick, Easy Read
This is such a nice concise book stock full of great info in only 50 pages. The focus on training each dog individually THEN bringing them together seems like common sense, but doesn’t always happen. The authors give the reader ‘permission’ to treat each dog as an individual which was also helpful… just as you wouldn’t treat two children exactly alike, treating two dogs, with different issues, exactly alike isn’t always the most productive, yet we sometimes are drawn towards doing that for ‘fairness sake’. The techniques are well described and easy to follow. A great book to look back at again and again as your pack becomes more and more focused as a group, I suspect once one challenge is tackled, I will be able to pick it up and learn how to manage another. Thanks Patricia & Karen!
Reviewer: David B
The authors almost short change themselves with the title…
Sure, the training and ideas do apply to multi-dog households, but much of that same training begins with training that first dog, and then bringing in the rest one at a time on the same thing unlit all are doing it. Is this a bad value for those of us in multi-dog households? Not a all! It is just that those with only one dog can get good ideas and value out of this book too. Add to that, there is enough good stuff that does apply directly to managing multi-dogs to keep those of us quite happy!
Lets look at it this way: I keep my books in pristine condition. The only books I ever mark in are my dog training and behavior ones. ‘Feeling Outnumbered’ has the most marks-per-page of any of them. A short book at 50 pages, but more wisdom per page than many others.
Clear and concise advice!
>Reviewer: Nancy Cush
Trish has done it again..wonderful booklet for anyone even considering adding to their ‘pack’. In her clear and sometimes humorous style, she gives the best possible advice for multidog households. The emphasis is on prevention.
Thumbs (and dewclaws) up!
IN DEPTH REVIEW
Living in a multi dog household can be an immense pleasure filled with endless fun and amusement. However, when things start to go wrong it can quickly turn into a nightmare scenario for all involved.
In this practical and informative booklet, renowned behaviourists and trainers, Patricia McConnell and Karen London, provide all the answers of how to successfully manage and enjoy a multi dog household.
Whether you are looking to restore some order to your chaotic canine household, or to ease tension between two or more dogs, this book offers practical solutions to everyday situations.
The authors adopt an approach which teaches all canine members of the household to be well behaved and polite family members, rejecting the old advice of supporting the alpha dog of the pack.
The opening chapter looks at laying the foundation for a successful multi dog household. It begins by explaining the importance of spending time with each dog individually. If a dog does not build private relationships with his owners, his primary relationships will be with the other dogs.
Next the authors examine the importance of mastering basic commands, explaining how solid obedience training is a crucial ingredient to living in a happy multi-dog household. They emphasise that there is a distinct difference between a dog knowing a command and truly mastering it.
They suggest, and show you how to teach your dogs, a group name, enabling you to get the attention of the whole pack at once.
Throughout, they stress the fact that dogs are individuals and all have different needs, it is therefore impossible to treat all of them the same, all the time. Dogs must learn that life is not always fair and should be ok with that.
The authors offer helpful tips on preventing status related aggression, explaining how status can be a common cause of trouble between family dogs, often between high and middle ranking members of the pack.
Chapter Two provides some practical specifics for everyday life. The first being body blocks which is all about controlling the behaviour of your dogs without touching them – something that dogs do to each other all the time. The authors explain how we can use these space management manoeuvres, known as ‘body blocks’ to imitate them. We can use these in a variety of contexts and environments, which can help enhance training skills such as the ‘stay’.
Next we learn how to make our dog accept another dog getting attention or treats, a situation very important for a dog living in a multi dog household to master.
There are techniques for teaching your dog to be comfortable when left alone and some tips on dinnertime manners, helping you make ‘the event of the day’, a more relaxing experience.
There are also several approaches for teaching your dog to politely greet visitors at the door.
Next the authors show us to teach a group wait, explaining why this is important and how to teach it first with two dogs before moving on to teach it to the whole group. They then move on to the group ‘off’, teaching dogs to back away from something, such as food on the floor. Again, the authors explain that this must be taught to the individual dog and then to pairs before trying it with the whole group.
The book then moves on to walking multiple dogs, explaining the importance of using good equipment such as harnesses and head collars, if necessary. Walks can be a good time to be proactive in using and practicing the cues discussed earlier such as, the ‘wait’ and the ‘off’. There is also a step-by-step guide to help you teach your dogs, one at a time, to walk politely on the lead.
The authors then turn to play, explaining how a group of dogs play together and how to recognise when the situation is becoming out of hand, allowing you to manage it accordingly.
The next chapter looks at how to stay away from trouble. It begins by looking at prevention methods which, the authors insist, is not a cop out but a powerful active training tool. Advice is also given on how to react if dogs do have a problem with one another.
The authors also look at introducing another dog to the household, highlighting important things to consider beforehand and how to go about introducing new dogs to one another.
Finally, the authors explain the signs that may indicate that there is a serious problem in your multi dog household and when to consider rehoming.
This book has been described as “a life saver for anyone living with more than one dog!” and is sure to be a useful addition to any multi dog household.