Please welcome the revised edition(s)!

I am very pleased to announce that Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out has a new revised version!

It has somehow been ten years since the first publication of Fired Up, and the book has gone further than I had ever dreamed. A lot can change in ten years, however–not the basic theory of reinforcing good behavior, and not the concepts for teaching coping skills before they’re needed under duress, no, but other things. Many links to resources were outdated, as organizations reorganized their websites or took materials offline, for example.

I have made some modifications to the original text. Along with the web link updates, I have explained why I prefer two-finger targets to an open hand, and I have clarified wording on medication and its utility. Start button behaviors were known as initiator behaviors at the time of first writing, so I have included the new and more common term. I fixed a couple of typos which had somehow gotten through. Because the book has found a much larger international audience than I’d anticipated, I changed some potentially confusing idioms to clearer language. I replaced outdated web links with smart short-links I can update as needed without reprinting. And because mass printing has not gotten more careful with time, I darkened some of the text in the paperback to make it easier to read even with budget printing practices.

However, there aren’t necessarily enough changes to warrant a re-purchase just for that purpose alone. If you have a copy that’s working well for you, keep it! No need to replace it until it gets chewed. But if you’re buying a new copy, look for the revised version.

What about Social, Civil, and Savvy?

It’s also received some updates, but fewer. I’ve added some details and clarifying language, including adjusting potentially confusing idioms, and I’ve added a second story about Cupcake the Dinosaur, and I’ve listed some additional resources, but I’m not sure it’s worth designating with a “revised edition.” Consider it a low-key upgrade!


The production of an audiobook is resource-intensive. (I just paid four digits for another completed audio project last week.) There’s just not enough change to justify re-recording the books.

However, for Social, Civil, and Savvy I can offer a bundle to make it easy and cost-effective to get both the original audiobook and the updated text together. Because I licensed the audio rights for Fired Up to another company, I cannot sell the audio, I’m sorry.

How Do I Know Which Version of Fired Up I’m Holding?

Check the cover! It should say “revised version.” Or check the copyright page, which should show copyright for both the year of original publication and the revision.

How Do I Know Which Version of Social I’m Holding?

The copyright page will show a revision copyright year, even if I’m not officially labeling it a “revised edition.”

Can I Just Update the Ebook I Already Own?

Maybe. It depends on where you bought it.

Amazon is very resistant to pushing updated ebooks to customer libraries, even upon request. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to update your Kindle copy. But if you purchased direct from the author, updating is as easy as deleting the book from your device and downloading a fresh copy.

My books are available on 40+ audio platforms and dozens of ebook retailers in many countries; I can’t list every possibility here, so you may have to check policies from your retailer.

Where Do I Find Them?

Everywhere! But, it can take a while for updated books to make their way onto retailers’ shelves, both physical and virtual. Some ebook retailers update practically overnight, while others might take weeks. New paperbacks will be printed with the updates, but any books already in a warehouse will be the older edition.

Both titles are available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook. You can find direct links to many (but not all) retailers here:
Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out
Social, Civil, and Savvy

Thanks for reading!

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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