Market: anyone interested in training dogs, whether working dog, livestock guarding or domestic pet. Covers canine communication, critical stage development, instinct conditioning training and livestock guarding, subjects missing from most dog training books
The book: A succinct, down to earth guide on training working dogs, by someone with extensive theoretical and practical knowledge, leavened with humour, suitable for all dog owners whether cherished pet, companion or working dog.
The author has over 50 years experience in working stock dogs for herding and livestock guarding. Dog training, he says, is a lifelong learning experience.
Describes step-by-step the stages of a dog’s life with a detailed approach to appropriate training for each stage with emphasis on canine communication and critical stage development.
Written in layman’s language giving a clear understanding of how dogs communicate and how and why they react to our communication. Training instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Sykes covers canine communication, critical stage development, instinct conditioning training and livestock guarding, subjects missing from most dog training books. He draws on extensive research from a broad field including findings by guide dog researchers, armed forces dog trainers, the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre. Feature writer for Australian Working Stock Dog Magazine.He runs regular training days for livestock producers, and gives working dog demonstrations. He is a successful competitor in sheep dogs trials.