Global Pet Expo was a wonderful opportunity to meet Larry Kay, a talented film-maker and passionate rescue advocate. He was there to promote his new book, “The Big Book of Tricks For the Best Dog Ever”, which he co-authored with Chris Perondi, a trainer, rescue advocate, and performer.
Susan and Larry
I did a quick interview, and received a signed copy of the book with 118 tips to review.
The Approach: Positive Dog Training
Trick training should be rewarding and enjoyable. Positive reinforcement dog training is where we praise and reward the dog’s achievements and mistakes, but ignore them all. Positive dog training can make dogs more social and strengthen our relationship. Larry.
Four years ago, I began fostering Kilo the Pug and eventually adopted the pug. He was very anxious and reactive and had little training. Both of us have had a wonderful experience with trick training. Kilo, just like Larry’s shelter dog Spider is a completely different little boy. We’re always open to learning and practicing new things.
What training does the book cover?
The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever contains training programs for all dogs:
Program for beginners with 20 tricks for dogs.
Intermediate level program with 33 dog tricks, and additional training methods.
Pro Level training programs:
Filmmaking with your dog
Dancing with Your Dog
Extreme Stunts and Sports
“Each dog is different in their learning styles, natural abilities, and motivations. There are many ways to win when learning dog tricks.
The book provides step-by-step instructions on how to teach your dog tricks and other stunts. It also teaches you how to identify your dog’s strengths. Kilo is stubborn, but he loves food and my attention.
The book’s instructions are well-written and explained. This book would have been a great gift for me years ago.
It was a pleasure to see Sara Carson, my friend and talented trainer, quoted. Kilo and me had a wonderful course together and she has her Puppr app so that he can learn a lot of beginner and intermediate tricks. However, there are many more in this book.
Roll over, take a knee, play dead and look shy are some of the skills we are working on. He prefers to do it for 5 minutes at a stretch and only at home, but he also enjoys the extra reward of filming.
The Big Book of Tricks to Make Your Dog the Best Ever – Buy The Book
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Pet Rescue is our Mission.
Larry, Chris, and I have a common goal to help pet rescue. We have rescued and supported shelters, rescue groups, and pet adoption. Larry and I create videos with shelter dogs.
He met Spider, his dog, on one of his film sets. I also met Kilo the Pug through Homeward Bound rescue when I was filming Rescues Rock videos. Chris stresses pet rescue in every Stunt Dog Live Performance across North America.
Larry Kay and Chris Perondi are the Authors
Chris and Larry
Larry Kay was also the co-author of Training the Best Dog Ever (also Workman Publishing), that won the Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writers Association of America for Best Training and Behavior Book. It also earned the Association of Professional Dog Trainers’ first book award. He is also the author of Life’s A Bark and the Animal Wow DVD for children. He was also an American Animal Hospital Association contributor and columnist for Dog Fancy (now Dogster). He has produced and written for PBS, Disney, and The Muppets. He also taught TV production at NYU’s TV/Film School and has a master’s in TV/Film at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Larry’s Positively Woof website has over 2 million fans on Facebook. It promotes positive dog training and creative tricks, shelter dog adoptions, and celebrates the success of rescue dogs. There are hundreds of adoption success stories and innovative marketing programs. Larry’s live streams and videos have captured many amazing adventures. He was featured on a Rose Parade float, as well as a Hurricane Harvey airlift, which was rebroadcast by ABC and ESPN.
Chris Perondi is a national media star who has been featured on numerous national media outlets, including the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Stunt Dog Productions is his touring company and books over a thousand shows at dozens of venues each year. They have performed shows at Branson and Six Flags of America as well as the Indianapolis Zoo. Chris is now in his 20th year of performing with the dogs he trained. He started dog training as a hobby and has become a professional disc dog showman. He has performed at the NBA, NFL halftime-shows, MLB pregame shows and is a national disc dog champion. In 2001, Chris made it his full-time occupation. He has up to five crews performing simultaneously under the Stunt Dog brand shows. Chris and his crew performed live on the Lucy Pet Foundation’s 125th Annual Rose Parade. This was to raise funds for spay/neuter causes. Suhey Velez (now Perondi), joined the Stunt Dog Experience in 2009 and is now responsible for training and showcasing many of the tricks found in “The Big Book of Tricks to the Best Dog Ever”. Chris has also performed with Sara, our friend and the Super Collies.
Do you have a favorite dog trick? Please share your favorite tricks with us in the comments.
Click HERE to see our post featuring 20 easy tricks that you can teach your dog, featuring Kilo the Pug.
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