Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash Aggressive Dog
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Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash Aggressive Dog

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If you have a dog who is barking and lunging at other dogs while on leash, you are not alone. It's a very common behavior problem, even if the same dog gets along well with others OFF leash. It is also a problem with a high rate of successful treatment. What you can get from this booklet is the ability to leash-walk your dog around others, whether it's down the sidewalk or...more
Paperback, 59 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by McConnell Publishing Limited
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Yes, I have a Feisty Fido. He barks and lunges at other dogs while we are on our walks. He is also eager to please, so I am trying some of the techniques in this book. The "Watch" command gets his attention away from the other dog and to me (or to the treat I offer). It seems to be working, but the book says it's not unusual to take about six months before the dog is fully trained. We're working on it, and I'm happy to have gotten so many good tips from this book. Wish me luck!
I have a three year old rescue dog who is the sweetest girl indoors. Unfortunately, the moment we hit the street, it's game on. Found in the woods, my dog routinely used these aggressive behaviors to protect herself. They have persisted now that she's safe, and I was worried she would always be like this. But enter this book...and awareness that I'm not alone and/ or a terrible owner has come, followed by great tips and tricks for retraining my sweet girl's brain. I had no idea what to call it b...more
Ally Atherton
This the 60th and my last book of the year is probably my most helpful !

I will set the scene by saying that we (not very long ago) took ownership of a little dog, a cross between a pug and a border terrier, and he is a little terror at times. Money doesn't exactly grow on trees and the local rates for dog training is way over our heads at the moment. This is the first book I have read on my new Kindle and it is very helpful. I am trying to train Bailey myself and this little book was perfect and...more
This is the second book I've read from this author and I am consistently impressed. This is a small book and it's focused primarily on reactivity while on leash which is a big problem for our new little rescue. As with Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-Dog Household. McConnell uses her positive reinforcement not only as a method for teaching your dog but also as a means of encouraging the book's readers. I haven't yet tried her methods but they are outlined in such simple w...more
This booklet has very good advice and is a quick read. I am guilty of being one of the people who goes from training in an easy situation to trying to train in a very difficult situation without taking the necessary slow steps in between.

One of the best things I have done so far, one that McConnell advocates, is to use a Gentle Leader. Previously we used an Easy Walk harness and it barely did anything while walking the largest dog. He is a terrible leash lunger. The Gentle Leader has proven to b...more
This is a slender booklet with a specific purpose it meets well. McConnell provides easy-to-implement strategies with gentle reasoning behind them. Her focus is on changing undesirable behaviors by giving the dog an alternative, one which is taught using positive reinforcement and incremental learning. I found the ideas here very beneficial for my Feisty Fido, Sydney. Feisty Fido meets its stated purpose well and in ways that are helpful to both the dog and his or her human. Four stars is only a...more
Mar 07, 2014 Peggy added it
Excellent , compassionate how to
I found this book to be quite helpful in training my dog, Maggie, whom we adopted at age 1 1/2 and who obviously had not been well-socialized with other dogs. I have to admit that I have not been 100% diligent in following McConnell's advice (I keep forgetting to bring those yummy treats along on our walks), but what I have tried has worked very well.
Kirstin Forsythe
Brilliant... very well written.. funny and informative... also so far (still practising).. its working..... skeptical on whether it will work on the dogs my dog really hates.. but the "watch" distraction is working for minor distractions.. which is as far as I've got so far, since it does say the initial stage can take months
Leslie Mckay
Great book on how to deal with this behavior. I'm in the process of trying to implement the training techniques outlined in this book. Wish me luck because it's not fun being on the other end of a leash from a 180-pound dog that is lunging after another dog!!!

A great little pamphlet/book to help you train your dog not be reactive while on leash. This book gives a great step by step guide to curtail your dogs leash aggression. I think this would be great if paired together with a program for off leash aggression as well.
I quite liked this book - it is short, well written, and the training approaches are well explained. There are a few things that the authors present that I will definitely be working on and adding to my repertoire in the battle against jerky behavior :)
Feisty Fido by Patricia McConnell is a training program for leash reactive dogs. This book however does not address the leash reactive fearful dog, only the leash reactive aggressive dog. Seeing as how my dog is fearful this book does not help me.
Cory gave this to me regarding Cooper and it made a ton of sense, in addition to being really comforting. Having an aggressive dog is no small undertaking and just knowing that the author "got it" was tremendous.
Very helpful book about helping a dog who has trouble encountering other dogs when on a leash (like our Sasha). She's doing better already since we've been practicing Patricia McConnell's excellent advice.
This book was a life saver when we got our dog, we were in way over our heads and didn't know what to make of her behavior. It came recommended by our trainer and it was so so so so helpful!
Short and to the point - a help for those trying to help an overstimulated dog.
ok book, some good tips, but not exactly what i need.
Companion to "The Other End of the Leash".
Helpful for leash reactive dogs.
Still feisty but manageable.
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Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, (CAAB) has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training, and for her engaging and knowledgeable dog training books, DVDs and seminars. Patricia has seen clients for serious behavioral problems since 1988, and i...more
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