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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training, 2E Paperback – February 7, 2006
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"You Can Train Your Dog! Mastering the Art & Science of Modern Dog Training."
It is available as an e-book as well as a printed book and also as an online class. So no matter where you live, you can now train with me! www.pamdennison.com
I started out my writing career by accident. I adopted Shadow and for some unknown reason, decided to keep a diary on his acclimation into my household. After working with Ted Turner (not Jane Fonda's ex), he mentioned that I should turn that diary into a series of articles. And voila! Bringing Light to Shadow was born!
And the rest as they say, is history. Five books, four DVDs and 50+ articles later, I am still writing and in fact, would really love to delve into fiction, except I have no clue how to go about it.
Of course, I am still training dogs and helping people to help their dogs and create positive relationships. I speak across the country and across the ocean as well on many different topics - from positive training in general, to working with aggressive dogs, to free shaping, to Rally obedience and competition obedience. I went to Australia in 2008 and spoke at the APDT conference - once I got over my fear of flying, I was thrilled to be there.
I have a 4,800 sf facility in the wilds of New Jersey - yes there really are wilds in New Jersey and keep busy with my business and my own dogs.
My other dogs at present are Emma (Border collie) and Finn and Dreamer (Shetland Sheepdogs). I compete with them in most sports and are very successful.
My complete listing of books:
You Can Train Your Dog! Mastering the Art & Science of Modern Dog Training, Shadow Publishing
Bringing Light to Shadow; A Dog Trainer's Diary, Dogwise
How to Right a Dog Gone Wrong; A Roadmap for Rehabilitating Aggressive Dogs, Alpine Publications (Soon to be updated under Shadow Publishing)
Civilizing the City Dog (a supplement to the above title), Alpine Publications
Click Your Way to Rally Obedience, Alpine Publications
The R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone for aggressive and reactive dogs, Shadow Publishing (nominated for Best Training DVD in 2014)
The Magic of Shaping; Explore the Possibilities, Tawzer Dog Videos
Training the Whistle Recall, Shadow Publishing (Winner of a Maxwell for Best Training DVD in 2009)
I also have 5 online classes and 6 recorded webinars. You can see them all at www.pamdennison.com
Top Customer Reviews
This book is not for the more challenging issues. It is mostly manners and prevention - the basics. Pair it with Outwitting Dogs, however, and you have all you need to tackle most* issues (*barring aggression, which should be handled with the help of a behaviorist who uses counter-conditioning and desensitization).
For those looking for specific help with a particular issue (such as teaching "Come") each chapter starts off with a brief outline, making it easy for you to see at a glance what each chapter covers.
The writing is broken up into bite-sized paragraphs making it easy for you to work with your dog with the book open to help coach you through each step.
Each chapter also contains interesting tidbits of dog information, simple and clear definitions, and easy pointers to help get you going.
Whether you're on your first dog, or perhaps have switched breeds and what worked for your old breed isn't working for your new breed, or it's been awhile since your last dog, or you just want a refresher -- this book is will help you and your dog achieve great things together!
The first day he learned his name using the clicker method. After about three or four repetitions, that was it, he knew he was Jack. Amazing. The very next day we practiced his name some more and then in nothing flat he learned sit, stay, down and come in two 10 minute training sessions the same day. After that it was just a matter of continuing the repetition and adding more commands.
Once of the sections I found particularly useful was the information about reading your dog's behaviour and signals. I never really gave much thought to various dog behaviours, subtle or otherwise until I read Pam's insightful book. Now it all makes sense!
If you're looking to train your dog, understand your dog and really relate to your dog in a meaningful way, get this book!
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The author spends far too long stating and re-stating that only positive reinforcement works and any form of punishment is bad. I already believe that positive reinforcement is a good method, that's why I bought "Positive Dog Training". In addition, she makes several bold claims about psychology that sound nice without any citation or ways to verify the claims.
There is some contradictory examples in the text. She states that there are 3 fundamental rules of dog training: 1) Positively reinforced behavior gets repeated, 2) Ignored behavior goes away (the 3rd is not relevant to my example here). Later in the book, she relates the story of a dog that began chewing her shoes. Her solution? She gave the dog a reward the next time it took a shoe from the closet. According to her own rules, she should have ignored the dog, and certainly not given a reward.
Another omission in this book that I found from other sources was utilizing a dog's natural sense of hierarchy in the training.
There are a lot of pages to go through before the useful content really begins, but the useful content is there. I don't want to sound overly negative in this review, but there were certainly parts of this book that I found lacking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Very insightful and teaches you the fundamental things about training!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very well written and POSITIVE. LOVE this book and am recommending to my puppy families.Published 3 months ago by Michele Nieberding
Has everything you need to know to train your dog so he will be a happy, well-adjusted member of the family.Published 5 months ago by R. Nash
One of the best training books I've ever read...easy to read, practical, and a marvelous way of training that works almost instantly!!!Published 7 months ago by Cindy Catron
Clear break down of teaching using the clicker and how to move away from treats with clear information on reducing treats.Published 8 months ago by Galann Lease
Excellent! Easy to read, easy to understand. Makes sense and it's based upon scientific research. Loved it!Published 9 months ago by cj
Good book on positive dog training. The author does talk about just about dogs in general, so be prepared not to reach any how-to training bits until 1/2 way through the book.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book includes all aspects of training. It has useful dog data, as well as day to day regular answers to basic questions. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stefanie - Fort lauderdale, FL