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ABC Practical Guide to Dog Training Paperback – December 1, 2003
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If youre a dog owner, youre already a trainer. From the moment you bring your dog home, youre teaching him how to behaveand, without realizing it, you could be instilling undesirable behaviors that have to be unlearned. Now, theres a simple, no-nonsense way to effectively and humanely train your petand get the right results. In ABC Practical Guide to Dog Training, Steven Appelbaum, an expert with over 25 years of professional experience training thousands of dogs and hundreds of professional dog trainers, shares his secrets to help you get your dog to behavegiving you tried, true, and tested techniques that work.
Focused on the strength of rewarding appropriate behavior, Appelbaum passionately relates a sensitive, user-friendly approach that strengthens the canine/human bond. He explains how to quickly establish a training program that prevents problems before they occurand how, by following a few fundamental principles, you can make your new companion a comfortable member of your family. Youll discover:
- The basics of how your dog learns
- Positive ways to address behavior problems, such as jumping, nipping, chewing, house soiling, digging, and barking
- How to establish obedience off-leash, inside the house and out
- What "pack theory" isexplained in a way that finally makes sense
- Where correction can have a place in dog training
- How to find a professional trainer who is right for you and your dog
Complete with an Internet guide to sites on everything from pet supplies and dog parks to boarding kennels and veterinarians, the ABC Practical Guide to Dog Training truly makes training your four-legged friend as simple as ABC!
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Top Customer Reviews
After searching and reading reviews here on amazon I ordered a few books. It happened to be during the holidays so I still don't have them (that's another story). However, in the mean time, I found a used copy of this book at a local used book store. I have to say I am very pleased with it.
If you read the reviews of the popular basic dog training books here on Amazon you can be really confused about what to do. Does pack theory work? Is there a dominance hierarchy? Are choke chains cruel? Can positive reinforcement alone work? What should I be expecting of my dog? Lots of questions and recommendations that seem at odds with one another.
The author of this book cuts through a lot of that and really makes a lot of sense. Further, he gives practical, step by step advice on how to handle problems and do very basic dog training. Actual things you can use to make a difference to your dog. After reading about half of his book I was immediately able to make use of his recommendations and techniques and my dog responded. Obviously there is no magic, it will take work on my part, but I could see improvement right away.
Further he lays out some things that seem pretty basic in hind site, but I as a new dog owner didn't realize. Important things, like don't let your dog play with cloth toys and then expect your dog not to think every cloth thing (like a sock) is a toy.
He talks about different collars to use during training, on leash v. off leash training, good and bad toys, good and bad trainers. He spends a good deal of time teaching you how your dog learns and how any training is making use of those basic concepts.Read more ›
Basic obedience, positive training theory, problem solving (jumping, digging etc.), off leash obedience and basic obedience are all covered in this book.
I train service dogs and for basic obedience and leash training I use the methods and theories in this book. I can't say enough good things about it. :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best book I have read. I have purchased 3 extra and have given them to friends who are having problems with their pups and I will continue to give this book to folks.Published 4 days ago by Ginger Hightower
This was a great book and easy to follow. Highly recommend.Published 7 months ago by Michelle Brown
It's a small concise book, easy to read. The training techniques are well explained.Published 19 months ago by Neli Uzunova