You’ve made a great choice in giving a dog a second chance at life. Now make a sound investment for a lifetime of happiness. This unique training program was created specifically for the newly adopted dog, and focuses on life skills that center on socialization and self-control, while teaching the foundation of problem solving by prevention, management and training. Start building a positive relationship with your adopted dog, gain his trust, and help him successfully adjust to his new home.
The main goal of A Sound Beginning Program is to reduce and eliminate the stress that normally is part of the transition period from shelter/rescue to living in a home. It not only helps dogs to become adoptable, it ultimately keeps them from being returned. The result is that a better relationship based on understanding on both ends of the leash is established, which is the foundation for a lifetime of learning.
This step-by-step book, including a CD of calming piano music, is a 14-day program designed to make it easy for anyone to prevent mistakes and create a positive start from the very first day you bring your new dog home. Safely introduce kids, new adults, other pets, and establish a routine that will build trust and confidence to last a lifetime…setting your dog up for success!
The book is fully illustrated to make it easier to follow the steps outlined in the training exercises.
"A Sound Beginning is full of sensible practical advice for introducing an adopted dog into your home. It is essential reading if you are adopting your first dog." -- Temple Grandin, Author of Animals Make Us Human
"I have long awaited a resource to help my clients skip over making all the bad mistakes and avoid following the flawed advice of dominance trainers and the Internet. This great little book and its companion CD is it! It offers fresh, unique, and easy to follow daily steps. It helps to set just the right tone with its calming music to build an environment of trust, consistency and predictability. Following its gentle and positive methods will help create that all important bond to a forever home." -- Fiia Jokela, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Canine/Feline Practice), Deer Run Animal Hospital, Schererville, IN
"The use of music at specific points in the training is a brilliant way to help everyone relax, and thus improve the training process, without taking any extra time." -- Ann Allums, CPDT-KSA, Special Programs Coordinator, The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Greenville, SC