Book Release: Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out!

Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training Crazy Dogs from Over-the-Top to Under ControlToday’s the day: Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training Crazy Dogs from Over-the-Top to Under Control has hit the shelves. Well, virtual shelves, as it’s online for now… but it’s out!

Of course I’m ridiculously excited about it, but I’m not the only one; so far it’s been called “a gem,” “very accessible,” “great,” and “kickass.” I feel quite clicked, actually!

“I’m loving it! Laura has managed not only to write a clear and incredibly important book, she’s really funny too! Her way of writing, the images in her language, and the diagrams make this book really stand out; there’s no way to misunderstand the concepts she’s presenting.”

— Emelie Johnson Vegh, co-author of the great Agility Right from the Start

Newsletter subscribers found a discount link in their inboxes this morning. 🙂 Didn’t get one? Find it at these popular retailers: Amazon (Kindle & paperback) | Barnes & Noble (Nook or other ereader) | Apple iBookstore coming soon!

But what’s it about? If you’ve missed the buildup, here’s a recap:

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.

About Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP

Laura was born at a very young age and started playing with animals immediately after. She never grew out of it, and it looks to be incurable. She is the author of the bestselling FIRED UP, FRANTIC, AND FREAKED OUT. She owns Canines In Action, Inc. in Indianapolis, speaks at workshops and seminars, and is also a Karen Pryor Academy faculty member.

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  1. Courtenay Watson

    I ordered today. I am SO excited.

  2. I bought the book and am really enjoying it. I have some questions, though. Where would be a good place to ask them?

  3. I bought the book yesterday, and I think it’s wonderful — I wish it had been my first training book back when my corgi was a puppy. Someday maybe you could think about writing a more general, all-purpose puppy rearing book, with tips on socialization like you have on this blog.

    Tonight I started working with my corgi (now 4.5 years old) on targeting. We did four short sessions, about 90 seconds each. He really isn’t getting it yet. I think it’s because he’s never needed to take a proactive approach to learning before, plus he may have been tired and/or too satiated to be sufficiently interested in the treats. So I packed up for the night and we’ll try again tomorrow.

    For me (and probably many beginners) the biggest challenge is patience. I would love to just keep going until he gets it, but I know that’s not the best way. Still, I feel like I “gave up” tonight, and it’s a little discouraging to read how simple this exercise is supposed to be. He will get it, right? I just need a little encouragement. 🙂

    p.s. He is a highly intelligent dog, as he shows me all the time, and he’s relaxed in the house. So I don’t think it’s anything “wrong” really — just a new way of doing things, combined with my own clumsiness.

    • It is a simple exercise, and blank slates can grasp it pretty quickly — but your dog isn’t a blank slate! He’s got 4.5 years of previous learning, possibly including things like “wait to be told what to do.” As you said, he’s never had to be proactive before, and that is the biggest part of this by far. Figuring out what to do is fairly simple, once you’ve figured out that you can and should do something!

      Huge kudos for limiting yourself to 90 seconds, and don’t be surprised if he comes back stronger tomorrow. But if you run into questions, feel free to email me.

      If you need a visual, there’s a pretty mediocre one over at It wasn’t really intended to be a tutorial, and puppy and I were both really tired! but you can get an idea of how it can work.

      Thanks for the feedback, and happy clicking!

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