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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, nice ideas, lack some detail
This is an almost complete training book. It give some nice ideas to train your dog. The amount of "tricks" given is very nice. Some of them are easy to teach, some are extremely hard. The info is prersented in a humorous way making the book not only good for teaching these behaviors but also fun to read. I can not say this is a complete book because it doesn't...
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117 of 123 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK book, for ideas at least.
I've read through this book and found it a decent book for ideas about various tricks to teach your dog. However, it gives you very little info about how to train your dog! Nor does it prepare the unitiated with the typical responses that you might expect from your dog during the initial training phases, or how to react to various situations.
Finally, the book is...
Published on February 19, 1998 by kcrosby@umaryland.edu


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117 of 123 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK book, for ideas at least., February 19, 1998
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This review is from: Dog Tricks (Hardcover)
I've read through this book and found it a decent book for ideas about various tricks to teach your dog. However, it gives you very little info about how to train your dog! Nor does it prepare the unitiated with the typical responses that you might expect from your dog during the initial training phases, or how to react to various situations.
Finally, the book is dated. Written in the late 70s it doesn't cover newer trainer methods. Some of there methods could really use updating (i.e. there is very little in the way of motivational training, mostly corrective training is used. If you and your dog want to have fun shouldn't it be a little less work for them?).
I highly suggest skipping over this book, unless you need help in new trick ideas and are confident that you and your pooch can work well together.
There are a few other books out there that are newer and stress the fun aspect of dog tricks much better than this one did.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, nice ideas, lack some detail, December 18, 2000
This is an almost complete training book. It give some nice ideas to train your dog. The amount of "tricks" given is very nice. Some of them are easy to teach, some are extremely hard. The info is prersented in a humorous way making the book not only good for teaching these behaviors but also fun to read. I can not say this is a complete book because it doesn't explain ways to deal with some basics problems that all trainers, myself included, encounter. For this reason I don't recomend this book to a beginer trainer. Experienced trainers will appreciate all the ideas presented. It give some entertaining ways to spend time with your dog.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and inexpensive hobby you and Fido will love!, December 6, 1997
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This review is from: Dog Tricks (Hardcover)
The director for the largest school of theatrical dogs on
the E.C. demonstrates how to teach nearly 100 tricks
you and your dog will enjoy performing together.

The book easliy divides tricks into related classes.

Also includes an aptitude chart to help the novice select the

easiest tricks for his dog. Basic obedience training is not

included in this book but is necessary for some of the tricks.
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33 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Abuse your dog to make him do tricks? No thanks!, June 20, 2004
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Written by a very old trainer with the old "make your dog do it or else" attitude. What fun is this for the dog?
Motivational training has come a long way in the past 30 years, but this author has chosen to totally ignore new and more humane methods of dog training.
If you used some of these training "tricks" in modern obedience classes, you'd be asked to leave the class - or else they'd call the cops on you.
Cruel training methods and a lot of bad advice, all in one book. What a bargain!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new wrinkle on dog training, June 24, 2011
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I gave it 5* because, to me, it was a new wrinkle on dog training. We train our dogs because it's fun and a bonding experience but then what? Now the dog has to perform. We wind up making our friends, family and soon-to-be enemies watch. This book accomplished two things beyond trick training: 1. It shows how to take one trick and extend it to look like many. 'Speak' can turn into 'count' and 'sing', while 'jump' can morph into 'over, under, into or through' with accouterments like paper (to jump through,) other dogs, people and props. "Take it' can become drop, pull, open, find, etc, all with props like pulleys and ropes attached to everything. The simple and natural act of follow-your-nose-to-a-treat becomes the shell game. 2.It gives the reader the show patter that turns a boring command viewing into a delightful performance. It even provides the lines to make your dog's errors seem like part of the trick. Best of all is the breezy writing style and sense of humor of the authors. You can't wait to put down the book, arm yourself with patience and a pocketful of treats and begin.

I think this might inspire people to get out of the house, take the dog to your kid's talent show, a shelter, a child care center or a hospital to perform.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and easy book to read., July 15, 1997
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This review is from: Dog Tricks (Hardcover)
Close to 100 dog tricks are described in this extremely easy to read book. Tricks that take no longer than a day or two for your dog to master to some really difficult tasks.

The authors write with a lot of humour and wit as they explain how tricks should be taught to your dog to make it fun and exciting. Tricks range from the fun and silly "play dead" or "blowing out a match" to the more energetic like "jumping rope" or "climbing a ladder".

My dog Daisy and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fun book!, April 18, 2008
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I have no familiarity with who the author is, but am familiar with Carol Lea Benjamin's "MOTHER KNOWS BEST" which I've loved for 12+ years. I bought this book in 2006 when we got our most recent puppy. We love the book! It is SO cute, and we have had such fun teaching our young dog many of the tricks in the book. There is nothing inhumane or cruel that we could see in the techniques. In fact, our Puppy Kindergarten teacher was teaching some of the same tricks the same way. Highly Recommended! Lots of fun. And we bought a few copies as gifts for friends of ours who've added new dogs to their families recently. Wonderful book!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun AND educational book!, July 13, 1997
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This review is from: Dog Tricks (Hardcover)
Many books exist about understanding and training dogs. But THIS one is something else! The whole slant of Dog Tricks involves how to teach you and your dog how to have fun with each other in clever and amusing ways. Everything from training your dog how to give you a kiss (begin with a smear of butter on your cheek!) to snatching (and running away with) your chess opponent's rook is covered with a wonderful mix of elegant simplicity and silly shared amusement. Dog Tricks is really the one book to get if you want to learn the potential of "a really good time with a dog!"
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money!, April 1, 2004
Sorry, this book is total garbage. It was written as a cutsie atempt to package old training techs. that didn't work very well in a new shiny package to line the author's pocket.
If you've attended *one* basic obedience class anywhere, you know more than the author - save you money, there are tons of good books about dog tricks. This is not one of them, however!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any Dog Book, January 31, 2014
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Is almost a good dog book, to me. With this one my little girl learned a number of cute tricks that amuse me. For her, she loves it too because just practicing almost anything means we spend more time together totally involved with each other.

Claudia Strasbaugh
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Dog Tricks by Arthur J. Haggerty (Hardcover - August 13, 1982)
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