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Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training Crazy Dogs from Over the Top to Under Control

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SOME DOGS NEED A LITTLE HELP. Some dogs are afraid, or excited, or reactive. Dogs that “don’t listen” and “go crazy” don’t live the lives we – or they – want. Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out can change that. Simple steps and an accessible, conversational tone from award-winning, internationally-known trainer Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP make calming the agitated SOME DOGS NEED A LITTLE HELP. Some dogs are afraid, or excited, or reactive. Dogs that “don’t listen” and “go crazy” don’t live the lives we – or they – want. Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out can change that. Simple steps and an accessible, conversational tone from award-winning, internationally-known trainer Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP make calming the agitated dog not only possible, but pleasant. Inside you’ll learn how to - Achieve change in short, simple training sessions of a minute or less - Maximize the effects of natural brain chemistry - Know when to call in medical help - “Clean up” unreliable behaviors in both overexcited sport dogs and pets at home - Recognize how fear, aggression, and excitement are variants of the same root problem The conversational tone is both informative and fun — very accessible, and it feels like the reader has a consulting trainer standing at her shoulder! Bring your dog from emotional to thoughtful, and enjoy a calmer, more enriched life with your best friend.


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SOME DOGS NEED A LITTLE HELP. Some dogs are afraid, or excited, or reactive. Dogs that “don’t listen” and “go crazy” don’t live the lives we – or they – want. Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out can change that. Simple steps and an accessible, conversational tone from award-winning, internationally-known trainer Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP make calming the agitated SOME DOGS NEED A LITTLE HELP. Some dogs are afraid, or excited, or reactive. Dogs that “don’t listen” and “go crazy” don’t live the lives we – or they – want. Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out can change that. Simple steps and an accessible, conversational tone from award-winning, internationally-known trainer Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP make calming the agitated dog not only possible, but pleasant. Inside you’ll learn how to - Achieve change in short, simple training sessions of a minute or less - Maximize the effects of natural brain chemistry - Know when to call in medical help - “Clean up” unreliable behaviors in both overexcited sport dogs and pets at home - Recognize how fear, aggression, and excitement are variants of the same root problem The conversational tone is both informative and fun — very accessible, and it feels like the reader has a consulting trainer standing at her shoulder! Bring your dog from emotional to thoughtful, and enjoy a calmer, more enriched life with your best friend.

30 review for Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training Crazy Dogs from Over the Top to Under Control

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    A very interesting book, written in often humorous layman terms, that would be beneficial for anyone who is working with, or who has ever worked with, a overly reactive dog (which I currently have). I love the authors idea of splitting, of breaking a new scenario down into many many tiny baby steps, to give the dog time to make progress and earn his rewards while not "going off the deep end" by progressing too fast. I am using ideas from this book with my current over-reactive retriever mix, and a A very interesting book, written in often humorous layman terms, that would be beneficial for anyone who is working with, or who has ever worked with, a overly reactive dog (which I currently have). I love the authors idea of splitting, of breaking a new scenario down into many many tiny baby steps, to give the dog time to make progress and earn his rewards while not "going off the deep end" by progressing too fast. I am using ideas from this book with my current over-reactive retriever mix, and am using them with my rat terrier also, for a comparison, not that he is necessarily "fired up, frantic, and freaked out"...no, he is just a rescued rat terrier with all the behaviors that go with the breed! Interestingly, he picked up targeting almost instantaneously, and learned what the clicker meant pretty much just as fast. So he's smart, he is still...a terrier. I like the fact that the author used this method with her own over-reactive dog Laev. Nice that this is something she has personal experience with. And since I see the author is a Goodreads author, I'm going to throw a quick question in here, on the off chance she reads this review. Laura, what marker did you use with Laev for mat work since you say the clicker was too stimulating? I am having that issue also for the total relaxation part, and find that the click and "relax" are not computing for my reactive dog. Thanks in advance if you happen to read this!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    This book was a reaffirming and funny reminder for staying the course and why "its the little things" the "baby steps" that help us, help our fearful dogs to overcome. We have litter mates- one is a "ramp up" dog to her fear triggers (gets excited and lunges), the other is a "ramp down" (cowers, pants, licks, avoids). It presented the hardest of all training challenges, but mat work, clicker training, and "getting scientific" with stats is helping us to not rush ahead with it for them. This is a This book was a reaffirming and funny reminder for staying the course and why "its the little things" the "baby steps" that help us, help our fearful dogs to overcome. We have litter mates- one is a "ramp up" dog to her fear triggers (gets excited and lunges), the other is a "ramp down" (cowers, pants, licks, avoids). It presented the hardest of all training challenges, but mat work, clicker training, and "getting scientific" with stats is helping us to not rush ahead with it for them. This is a funny book, great tips, and a quick read for those of us who have a lot on our plate. I highly recommend it- the only way it would be better is if there was a tool in the back to help split goal behaviors into workable training sessions. That took practice on our part but it would have been nice to have a tool early on.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bo Meek

    I can't put this too bluntly: This book saved my dog's life. My wife was ready to bail and drop her off at the city pound. We had been to classes and to private trainers. My wife was overwhelmed and done. I begged for one more chance. A friend recommended this book, and it was a godsend. Thank you Laura VanArendonk Baugh. Misty is not only still in our home, but she is a much beloved, welcome family member. You taught me to understand her and give her what she needs.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This book is an easy-to-read resource for anybody that has a dog with any kind of impulse control issues. Any scientific terms used are thoroughly explained in a way that anybody can understand them. The exercises are broken into tiny pieces that virtually guarantee the dog's success. The ideas are useful and the end result is attainable by trainers and owners alike.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eggbeater

    This book was helpful. I won't know for sure how helpful until I get a little further along in my training with my dog, but I am hopeful. The instructions were easy to follow and my dog is responding. I like this method because it only uses positive reinforcement and gradual desensitization.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ffluffy

    Great Info Fired Up is a great book for dog trainers or pet owners. There are many good ideas to help dogs are struggling.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    I woke up early and read this book cover to cover, I really enjoyed it! A simple book to assist working with a dog that regularly freaks out in certain situations. I've used the techniques or similar previously but loved having all the information in one place and a step by step guide on how to put it into action. The book backed up and confirmed a lot of the stuff I already knew but really stressed the point of slicing, making the steps as small and easy as possible for success. A fantastic boo I woke up early and read this book cover to cover, I really enjoyed it! A simple book to assist working with a dog that regularly freaks out in certain situations. I've used the techniques or similar previously but loved having all the information in one place and a step by step guide on how to put it into action. The book backed up and confirmed a lot of the stuff I already knew but really stressed the point of slicing, making the steps as small and easy as possible for success. A fantastic book and I'll be looking up for books, articles and blogs by Laura in the future.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kiki

    I've read multiple books about reactive/aggressive/fearful dogs and live with a few batshit dogs of my own. I assume you are here reading reviews because you've got a problem dog too, and believe me - I feel your pain. This is easily the best book I've ever read on the subject so if your dog is a disaster, THIS is the book you want to get. It's short and uncomplicated and perfect for overwhelmed first-timers and jaded old farts (cough) alike. I've read multiple books about reactive/aggressive/fearful dogs and live with a few batshit dogs of my own. I assume you are here reading reviews because you've got a problem dog too, and believe me - I feel your pain. This is easily the best book I've ever read on the subject so if your dog is a disaster, THIS is the book you want to get. It's short and uncomplicated and perfect for overwhelmed first-timers and jaded old farts (cough) alike.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    A great resource for pet owners with dogs that are sometimes less than perfect. Even those with dog training experience sometimes need reminders of the basics! I bought it as an e-book and a paperback, and have already lended the paperback out, I have a feeling I may have to buy another!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephani

    "Lamenting the dog's past changes nothing. No matter what the background or how we came here, we work with the dog we have." - Laura VanArendonk Baugh, CPDT-KA KPACTP

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Really nice overview

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    If you have a dog who responds to situations (the doorbell, seeing another dog, etc.) with reactive (emotional) behavior, either by ramping up or shutting down, this book will be a great help. It teaches you to train the dog to learn to relax. This increases their rational response to stimuli and gives them coping skills. The book stresses the importance of splitting behaviors into tiny increments to guarantee the dog's success as it learns. I also learned so much about reading my dog's stress l If you have a dog who responds to situations (the doorbell, seeing another dog, etc.) with reactive (emotional) behavior, either by ramping up or shutting down, this book will be a great help. It teaches you to train the dog to learn to relax. This increases their rational response to stimuli and gives them coping skills. The book stresses the importance of splitting behaviors into tiny increments to guarantee the dog's success as it learns. I also learned so much about reading my dog's stress levels, so that I can be much better about not putting her in situations that overwhelm her with anxiety. She is becoming a calm and wonderful dog who does better in more situations than when we started. I think she will continue to improve.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Siegel

    This book had one amazing, practical exercise that will be great for my dog. That is of itself made this book worth it. I have done a lot of research on this topic and have read an article from this author that covered similar ground, so some of it was repetitive for me. However, I want to rate this book for others who don't have that experience. This book provides great fundamentals and frame in which to approach training your frenzied dog. I like that she made it applicable to all sorts of fre This book had one amazing, practical exercise that will be great for my dog. That is of itself made this book worth it. I have done a lot of research on this topic and have read an article from this author that covered similar ground, so some of it was repetitive for me. However, I want to rate this book for others who don't have that experience. This book provides great fundamentals and frame in which to approach training your frenzied dog. I like that she made it applicable to all sorts of freaked out behaviors, as every dog is different. I'd like this book to be longer and to have more content. I want to know more and work through this on more angles with my dog.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    So I just finished reading this book and I wanted to know if others had and what their opinions were. This is a book that is designed to work with the reactive/fearful/shy/aggressive dog type. I read it because I was worried that my dog was heading down that path. After reading that book, I realized that he wasn't---which was very relieving. I found this book to be of mixed use. I really dislike the idea of the mat as a crutch, and feel like the same thing could be accomplished by teaching an aut So I just finished reading this book and I wanted to know if others had and what their opinions were. This is a book that is designed to work with the reactive/fearful/shy/aggressive dog type. I read it because I was worried that my dog was heading down that path. After reading that book, I realized that he wasn't---which was very relieving. I found this book to be of mixed use. I really dislike the idea of the mat as a crutch, and feel like the same thing could be accomplished by teaching an auto sit/down and presenting stimuli with the dog choosing similar behaviors. Mostly, it is a visual cue but it is a very cumbersome one. Going on walks and such, you already have so much to carry (treats, clicker, leash, sometimes an umbrella, and in our case a water bottle to clean up messes outside of peoples yards. Japan) The general concepts were very interesting and right on with what I have learned about cognitive processes in teaching. Giving the dog something to think about is a good way to handle a situation, teaching them to assess on their own is also a good thing to do. I just feel like other ways are more viable. I may be too much a fan of kikopup who does a similar training process without the crutch of a mat. But for some people, I think this works well. It gives the person something to hold on to, and becomes just as much a security blanket for the owner as the dog. This can be a good thing since dogs pick up our emotional state. the more stressed we are, the more stressed they become. So I can see how this technique would be useful for some people and dogs, and not others. I would still recommend this book because of that. The book isn't bad, nor is it badly written--very clear, straightforward and easy to follow. It just isn't in sink with my style. And as I have said in another thread, the method of training should mesh with the trainer. If it doesn't, there is a huge disconnect between the trainer and the learner.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Twila Newey

    This approach looked like it might be effective, but was way too complicated for me. I would refer anyone looking for help with over-excitable dogs to https://theonlinedogtrainer.com/. We have tried a number of methods with our Whoodle and seen little to no progress over the past three months. With Dan's methods, in only five days he's starting to learn to calm down. It's nothing short of miraculous. This approach looked like it might be effective, but was way too complicated for me. I would refer anyone looking for help with over-excitable dogs to https://theonlinedogtrainer.com/. We have tried a number of methods with our Whoodle and seen little to no progress over the past three months. With Dan's methods, in only five days he's starting to learn to calm down. It's nothing short of miraculous.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Belle Beth Cooper

    I thought I'd learn more than I did based on recommendations for this book, but most of it covered information I'd already come across. I did pick up a few pointers, and it made me want to re-try clicker training, so it wasn't all bad. If you haven't come any of this info about clicker training and breaking training down into tiny bits before, it'd be worth reading.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    This is such an easy and interesting book to read! I love her approach to dog training and that she teaches the humans what is actually happening in a dog's brain that causes this training to work. I can't wait to get started on this protocol to see how it works with my dog!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gretta Walhovd

    Masterful use of words to define training goals, behaviors and situations where training is or isn't successful. Author leaves a lasting impression, especially for trainers who are prone to skipping "ahead" (guilty!). Many of the trained behaviors are familiar but she has a different take on the training steps or use of a finalized behavior. If you have 90 seconds available a few times a day or week, you can train your dog to be calmer!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This book really gave me good insight into my dog's behavior. I wish it had been out sooner than this year when I had more time to train. I haven't been able to apply it's techniques yet but I've been able to modify his behavior with the information I've learned from this book. Once I can use this program the way it is supposed to be used he won't be so over the top anymore I'm sure.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    I like this book a lot. To sum it up, it discusses a relaxation protocol that uses matwork, rewarding the dog for staying calm. It also breaks it down in very simple steps for first-timers. It's a very simple read. It also dispels many myths I keep hearing and discusses medication briefly.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Great insight I have an older anxious dog I wish I had this book while I trained her. I will use this for my new anxious puppy to see if I can shorten the years it took for my older dog to relax. The training and logic behind it makes sense.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessy Pants

    Can't wait to try this out! We have a very reactive dog and had no idea what to do with her. The techniques outlined in this book are simple and clear, and make sense to me. I'm looking forward to getting started!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    Some great advice for helping pups that are fearful/aggressive. Although I think working with a trainer would probably yield better and faster results. This book focuses on reward-based training (yay!) but also the use of a clicker.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathi

    lots here that I can use to help Cody settle down. even though he is frightened of the noise the clicker makes, we will work around that and get him started to becoming less "fired up and frantic", for his sanity and mine. can't wait to discuss this in an upcoming book club.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Swanson

    Her writing style is strong for someone that doesn't make their primary living doing it. The contents are the key and they deliver. She conveys the method in a matter that is simple to understand and tackles common setbacks and pitfalls.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Swanbender2001

    Somewhat helpful in living and working with my rescue dog.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Obviously I'm working on training my dog. This is simple enough to do, split into short segments so I'm not always worried about having the time, and seems to be working with my dog.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Pahl

    This book has helped me so much with the anxious dogs in my classes. It has given me new ideas to try as well.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    While I thought the author was very well-versed on dog behavior, her methodology of training seemed to be complicated and unrealistic to me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

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