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Jack and Wendy Volhard are internationally recognized for their contributions to dog training, health, and nutrition. At the heart of their teaching is the "Motivational Method," a unique approach to training that is aimed at people who value dogs first and foremost as pets and companions.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470600292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470600290
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Willie, Theresa, Sam & Missy on September 6, 2010
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Dog Training for Dummies, is an absolutely wonderful book, its structure and explanations make it easy to read and understand. It begins and constantly emphasizes the relationship between you & your dog. It establishes early on how important it is to know your dog and yourself in order to quickly start training, even if you have never trained a dog before.

Dog training for Dummies covers the puppy stage of training, even though many people mistakenly believe dogs cannot be trained until adolescence. There are many pictures and detailed step-by-step instructions throughout the book but the ones in the fundamentals section especially helped me to better understand what I should be doing and what results I could expect from my dog.

The simplistic yet varied methods incorporated in the training allowed me to get rid of those awful dog behaviors (i.e. jumping up or begging for food) which were easy to duplicate and all built around previous training sessions throughout the book. Dog Training for Dummies also incorporated a section for those who wished to take their training to the next level. There they outline training for fun, competition as well as other skills such as retrieving. The book exudes a confidence about its training methods that only years of experience could provide. The book's layout makes it easy to find relative information quickly and painlessly. This is a great book that makes training very easy and understandable. I would highly recommend this book to Everyone!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kris on August 25, 2011
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We purchased this book to give us some guidance in training our very active collie/lab mix. I looked through several training books before ordering this one, and I made the right choice. This book gives GREAT step by step instructions, instead of just an overview on what to do and what not to do. They also give great tips on how to transition from one command or trick to another, and warn about common mistakes that pet owners make. Turns out our very active dog is very smart, and with the help of this book was laying on command the first time we worked with her!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. F. Begley on May 15, 2012
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I probably should have titled this review "Way Too Much..." and not "Not So Much For Experienced Dog Owners/Companions". The bottom line is that this book was a disappointment for me. I had bought another Dummy book - Housetraining for Dummies - which proved to be useful so I thought this Dummy book would also help me with my puppy.

The book is over 350 pages of information and probably would be helpful to "New" dog owners - someone who never had a dog/puppy before or had never taken any classes with their pup.

It is divided into 6 Parts -

# Setting the Stage for Successful Training which includes Canine Pyschology 101 and discussion of dog food and diet.
# Performing Puppy Preliminaries which discusses puppy development, what to do when you first get your puppy and getting them used to a crate.
# Tackling Training Basics - Sit, Leave, Walking your Dog, etc and Doggie Don'ts.
# Taking Training to the Next Level - STAR Puppy Program and Training for Competition and Fun, Competing, Retrieving.
# Dealing with Special Situations - Aggression, Fears, Anxieties, Old Dog Tricks, Getting Professional Help - Obedience Classes
# The Part of Tens - Ten Training Traps and How to Avoid, Ten Fun Activities, 10 Reasons Dogs Do What Dogs Do, Ten Fun Games

I had problems with many of the sections on training. For example, the section on Tackling Training Basics has a paragraph on how to stop your dog from jumping up on you. They list several suggestions that they think don't work and don't like such as kneeing your dog in the chest if she/he jumps up on you. They then say they may be worth a try - hmm. I would think if you don't like an approach to training why would you even suggest trying it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lauracee on October 16, 2010
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The Volhards have created a book that you will refer to throughout the life of your dog. This book explains how to teach dogs in ways that they understand, and how to make it fun!
The Volhards' Canine Personality Profile shows you how to identify and utilize your dogs strengths in training. Read this book if you want to have a well-trained, balanced dog.The instructions are clear and to-the-point, and the format of the book is easy to follow. The photos demonstrating techniques are very helpful.

I especially appreciate Chapter 18, Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Keeping Your Senior Dog Young, since I currently live with 3 dogs over 10 years old, which I credit in large measure to Jack and Wendy Volhard's teachings.

Anyone who is planning to get a puppy should read this book first, and OFTEN!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Caballero on May 5, 2013
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so I get PLENTY of advice from her. But this manual is so basic, easy to read, and clearly explains the dog/human interface, making relating to a dog much easier and much more logical. I definitely recommend this book if you want to understand how your dog learns to live with you harmoniously or otherwise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Little_Princess_Bailey on August 19, 2010
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Dog Training for Dummies, 3rd edition is an outstanding resource for first time dog owners and experienced trainers alike! The chapter on your dog's drives is essential to understanding why any individual dog does what s/he does and how to approach training with that dog.
At last someone has explained the critical influence of nutrition and health on the dog's readiness to learn and benefit from training! This information is written in a way that is easy to understand and is "user friendly".
In addition, this book can be used to prepare you to get your new puppy or dog and to understand their developmental periods as they grow. It explains how to teach the basic commands so that your dog can become a cherished member of the family. It leads you through the dog's life, addressing potential behavioral challenges along the way and addresses issues facing the senior dog.
Dog Training for Dummies, 3rd edition, is a five star read that should be in every dog owner's home!
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