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Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash Aggressive Dog

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A dog who barks and lunges at other dogs when out for a walk is embarrassing and potentially dangerous. Using these pet-friendly, positive reinforcement techniques you'll soon be able to relax and enjoy your walks.
Paperback, 59 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by McConnell Publishing Limited
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Miranda Reads
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a helpful book!

Review to come!
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So, I got this book because my dog is a little shit. She's a Jack Russell Terrier mix that the boyfriend adopted a year ago.
She hates other dogs, homeless people, disabled people, elderly people, young people--she's a little fascist.

I loved that this book was short and to the point so I could get to training her right away.

And, I have to say it's a nice thing to be able to turn to.
Already working on it.
Took some treats on our walk today, and just the distracting of knowing I have treats I t
Emilee Hone (Emilee Reads)

Easy to understand and follow, Feisty Fido is another little booklet I'd recommend for any dog owner, leash aggressive or not. It gives clear instructions and examples for training your dog (in a positive, completely humane way) when your pet has become "that" dog in the neighborhood. The commands introduced in this book can be used not only for problem dogs, but also for well-behaved dogs that might be taken by surprise when out on a walk.

Obviously, if your dog is a danger to others, seek p
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a hard book to rate. I am confident that the methods in this book are highly successful for dog trainers and maybe the incredibly diligent dog owner. For the rest of us, it simply asks too much of the pet parent without enough guidance on various scenarios. For example, this book assumes that every person who walks their dog is in the city, with sidewalks and lots of roads and other places to pull your dog into when you come across an unexpected dog. I don't live in that neighborhood and ...more
Sarah ♥ dog crazy ♥
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
That's an interesting book for every dog owner, especially if you have a leash-aggressive dog (as the title suggests).

I already used some of the training tips before reading it ("Watch"). I'm not sure though some of my shelter dogs would be able to do an emergency sit. But who knows, maybe I'll train this as well.

Definitely a very good book.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is THE book to read if you have a leash reactive dog
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
** My edition has been re-titled "Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash-Reactive Dog."

A fantastic book that gives easy, focused, and light-hearted guidance to owners of nervous dogs who react to things on leash (almost always out of stress and fear). I recently hired a private trainer and will be taking a series of classes for leash-reactive dogs, and this book summarizes exactly the process, so if you don't have several hundred dollars, just pick this up and read carefully! McConnell advocates a "pos
Ema Phillips
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book surprised me a bit. It's 2009 so not completely outdated but not up to date either. Despite all that, the methods used in this book aren't what I'd consider the be the most effective and many of them are downright punishing. If you're looking for a book to help with your reactive dog I'd go elsewhere and find something more up to date and understanding of the emotional workings behind behaviours
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very quick and easy read. Very thorough. A few of the suggestions may not be practical for most of us, but they are just given as options. The watch, Uturn, and most of the other suggestions can be quickly and immediately implemented. I’ve already seen a huge improvement with my leash reactive dog. I also really enjoyed the light, forgiving tone of the book.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very straightforward methods and explanation.
Always know your dog before choosing the method you want to use to help. Learn more techniques and tools.
Observe, Learn, Find solution. No one can use tool to fix all problems.
Gerri R.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Worth a reread. Some good ideas.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good info, but most I've learned already from the internet, other books, blogs, etc. Would have been great if this were what I picked up first
Sheri Logan
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book for those dealing with leash reactive dogs! Gives owners some simple techniques to help control the behavior. But it takes patience and lots of training! Highly recommend!
Ally Atherton
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read filled with some great, mostly practical, information. Some of the methods require recruiting the help of some other dog owners which may be difficult to do. Great information none the less. Will see how effective it is in a 4 - 6 month timeframe.
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Pr Latta
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I got this the same time as Teaching the Reactive Dog Class (Emma Parsons) and may have gotten distracted. This title covers the all important areas of "watch" (including how to handle the hypervigilant dog that simply does not plan ever to gaze lovingly at you all day long), about turns (a salvation for those of us with laser-eyed dogs who need to *move* to get back on our dog's radar (much more effective, and less likely to provoke a redirected nip, than Millan's "claw"), and progressing to "w ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
The tips here are really clear and helpful for anyone with a leash reactive dog. Angus definitely is, and while Jakey wasn't when we adopted him, walking them together has allowed some of Angus's reactivity to rub off on him. Joy!

I do wish there were some photos, which sounds silly, but with training I'd really like a visual. I'll be employing some of these, but will likely use YouTube videos to supplement and help me understand a bit better.

Read for: my jerk dogs; 2016 Read Harder "a book under
Kirstin Forsythe
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Emily Lee
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Clear, simple, straightforward, practical... a little expensive for a short Kindle read, but a writer's got to make a living and given the usefulness of the book, it made it worth it. I guess some people who need it wouldn't buy it though because of that
Aug 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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 :)
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wish this book came with a dog trainer pop up. I loved reading how to stop Millie from lunging and barking at other dogs, but it's so much easier to read about it than deal with it in real life. Great little book!
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Leslie Mckay
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!!!
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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