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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; Second Edition edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470115149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470115145
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Praise for the 1st Edition of Dog-Friendly Dog Training

"I'm a dog fanatic, read everything I can find on dog behavior, and this book is terrific . . . the methods are clearly spelled out—how to do them, why they work, how they make the doggie-human bond a more loving one."
Amy Tan author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, and Saving Fish from Drowning

"... [Arden's] approach is humane, user-friendly, dog-friendly, and guaranteed to produce the desired results. A must-read for owners."
Dr. Nicholas Dodman author of The Dog Who Loved Too Much and Dogs Behaving Badly

The classic dog training guide, now updated and revised

This update of the perennially popular guide provides everything you need to know to develop a healthy relationship with a well-behaved dog. With easy-to-understand instructions and helpful illustrations, Dog-Friendly Dog Training, 2nd Edition begins with the necessary tools for teaching your dog, and then covers housetraining, socialization, basic manners, and problem solving, all using proven, positive methods. Key updates include information about:

  • Instilling impulse control
  • Training a dog who is safe to handle

  • Teaching the Roll Over exercise safely and humanely

About the Author

ANDREA ARDEN is best known as the trainer and field host for The Pet Department, Fox's Emmy Award–winning show. She is a pet expert for many shows, including the Today show, and has authored Train Your Dog the Lazy Way and On the Road with Your Pet. Andrea has been the behavior columnist for Dog Fancy, The New York Dog, and Hollywood Dog magazines and a contributing writer for Modern Dog. She is the Director of Andrea Arden Dog Training and a charter member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

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Customer Reviews

This book is very easy to read.
Amber
Following the training guidelines in this book will result in not only a better trained dog, but will enhance the bond between you and your dog as well.
Nicole Wilde
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy to understand dog training manual.
Rita Roberts

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rita Roberts on February 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book saved me a lot of head aches and money. I've tried many dog behavior classes and was at the end of my rope. I now have better control over my dog's behavior and can manage him without screaming at him. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy to understand dog training manual.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Laura A.Falter on February 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I can not begin to describe how helpful this book was to me. Being the owner of an extremely difficult and what I thought was an unmanageable dog, I had almost lost hope. It was quite a relief when I learned that I didn't have to be harsh when teaching my dog basic manners. Many thanks to the author!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Debra on December 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was fantasic! I had so much trouble with my dog and I didn't know what to do. Finally, I found a book that helped solve all of my problems. This book saved me so much money, it saved my hands and it saved my furniture. Thank god for this book!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan on September 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Recently, I got my first ever dog! My whole life has been filled with cats and other creatures but I have always wanted a dog. Needless to say, I was at a loss when it came to dog life. Luckily, while filling (overfilling to be exact) my cart at the pet store, puppy in tow, I ran across Andrea Arden's book. Of course, I immediately read the section on toliet training. Puppy Max and I are following the crate method described which is going well.
I don't think I could have survived the first night without Andrea's advice. My pillow was very useful in covering my ears to the wails of Max from the crate but sure enough, he stopped.
Everything from socialization (Pumba, my Bengal cat, is just enthralled with Max and took off with his dog bone last night while my other cat is still adjusting) to teaching tools to feeding is covered throughly in the book using simple language. Loved the sections in purple on every page!
The positive reward system for training has already taken hold and Max loves praise for peeing out on the grass!
We have just started to work on the barking lately. Can't wait until 4 lb Max grows a little so we can start the leash!
Like I said, this book has been so important in my house (chewed edges and all). Highly recommended for a novice mom like me!
By the way, I would appreciate any other tips for great dog books!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 26, 2003
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was recommended to me by an animal behavior specialist for training an old dog I rescued from the shelter. He wasn't housebroken and had a myriad of other behavior problems that needed work.
This book teaches you how to train a dog using rewards instead of punishment. It works remarkably well. I was able to teach my dog all the basic commands ('sit', 'down', 'stay', etc.) in just a couple of weeks. I also taught him to fetch a ball which was fun for both of us. When I first got him and tried it he would not even look at the ball when I threw it so I thought it would never work. But it only took a few weeks before he was fetching like a pro - giving a great indoor workout for this senior dog.
The book is comprehensive but brief and includes nice illustrations that make the training easier. It is also written in a simple style that should appeal to children, too.
My only complaint about the book is the reward style of teaching is most effective using food treats and rewards. My dog has digestive problems and so this method is limited. Still, all in all, this is a great book and I can highly recommend it - especially to new dog owners or those who are still "punishing" their pets.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By renoir-girl a.k.a. amykaywat on July 28, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I feel truly fortunate that this is the book I chose to give me an introduction to dog training when I got my dog. I feel like it has really steered us in the right direction for getting my dog to be happy, healthy, and excited about behaving well. We aren't done with training by any means, and I will have to train myself to continue training him, but I feel like this book was really on the right track.

The book teaches alternatives to the physical prompting that was so popular in the 70s and 80s. The two main alternatives are Reward training and Lure/Reward training. Basically, you are doing Reward Training if you just wait for the dog to do what you want him to do and then give him a treat and praise for doing it. Lure/Reward training goes a little bit faster and may be the best way to teach positions like sit, stand, and (lie) down. You hold a lure like a treat or piece of kibble in your hand, and depending on how you move it, the dog's position changes. The book also gives guidelines on physical prompting, though the guidelines are very gentle and tend to be combined with rewards and lure/reward training.

The best news is that you can start any of this training no matter how old your dog is. While a lot of behaviors and habits are learned in the puppy stages, an old dog actually can learn new tricks when properly motivated with rewards like treats, praise, attention, and toys.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Wilde on April 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a trainer, I am always on the lookout for books to recommend to my clients, and this book is one of them. It is an excellent resource for pet owners who want to teach their dogs the basics. The format and instructions are clear and easy to follow, and the photographs make it practically foolproof. Andrea encourages the use of positive, reward-based methods which are based on sound scientific principles. Following the training guidelines in this book will result in not only a better trained dog, but will enhance the bond between you and your dog as well.
- Nicole Wilde, author Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears and So You Want to be a Dog Trainer (2nd edition)
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