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For the Life of Your Dog: A Complete Guide to Having a Dog From Adoption and Birth Through Sickness and Health Paperback – October 1, 1999


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671024515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671024512
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stressing positive reinforcement instead of punishment, these three new titles are very different from pet-training books of the past that emphasized domination training methods. Diller's Dogs and Their People is perhaps the most readable, with the most logical presentation. Diller, president of the Society of North American Dog Trainers, believes that dogs are as individual as people and that training comprises two aspectsAthe teaching of specific behaviors and the prevention of problems. His approach is a blend of positive motivation and properly applied corrections. Diller presents the basics of learning theory, discusses common behavioral problems, and clarifies the pluses and minuses of the wide variety of collars, leashes, and training tools available. He gives specific recommendations for teaching doggy "etiquette" as well as practical obedience exercises. One of the most valuable chapters is on building relationships, particularly when there are other pets or children in the household. Marlo's training method is similar to Diller's, blending love and understanding with discipline. The "dog trainer to the stars" (her clients include Jamie Lee Curtis and Bridget Fonda) believes that "training is more than just sit and stay. It's also learning about dog behavior and the canine-human relationship." Her book covers myths and realities about dogs, choosing a breed, building a leadership relationship, socialization, and puppy-proofing your home. She includes extensive but comprehensible discussions of housebreaking (including the importance of feeding and watering schedules) and common behavior problems. Olympic gold medalist Louganis's For the Life of Your Dog is not so much a training manual as a book about caring for your dog from puppyhood to old age. The four main sections take the reader from the commitment required to own a dog, through puppyhood, into the prime adult years, and finally to old age. Throughout, there is never any doubt that the author is celebrating the human-animal bond. Like Diller and Marlo, Louganis, who now breeds and trains dogs, covers responsible ownership, socialization, housebreaking, basic training, and problem solving/prevention. However, the use of stories and vignettes to deliver his message sometimes makes his book seem disorganized and rambling. All three books are highly recommended for public libraries where pet books are popular. Diller has the edge for his understandable presentation on learning theory and organization, and Marlo gets extra points for her focus on building relationships and taking training beyond "sit and stay." Louganis is recommended for the intensity of his feelings and his celebration of the canine's place in the human world. [Louganis's book was previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/98.]AEdell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., Milwauke.
-AEdell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., Milwaukee
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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People His advice about caring for four-legged family members, from birth to old age, is as carefully balanced as his spectacular dives.

Bloodlines (United Kennel Club, Inc.) This book is excellent....Well-founded and well-researched.

Seattle Times Delightfully refreshing....Give Louganis a 10 for his compassionate realism and infectious energy in this unvarnished portrait of man's best friend.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel If you are thinking about getting a dog, please check this book out first. It may affirm your decision or stop you. Either way, the dog wins.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a shelter volunteer, when I read this I kept hearing my own voice...talking to people who were wanting to adopt dogs: gently and encouragingly explaining how they should choose a dog (not based upon looks or on their general understanding of a certain breed), how to train their dog in a positive fashion (not using an "I'll show you who is boss" attitude)...It's ALL here...EVERYTHING... everything that I explain over and over and over again as I try to educate potential adopters hoping some of it sticks, and as I try to find the VERY BEST match for "my" dogs. I really don't understand when people say this book is about Great Danes..I didn't get that AT ALL. Just because he uses his own dogs as examples and draws from his own experiences doesn't mean you can't generalize ALL of this material to other dogs, not to mention that there is a large section devoted to terriors (he owns a JRT) and to mixed breed dogs. The only shortcoming I found was the lack of information the absolute necessity of spaying and neutering. Breeding should be left to a very few professionals, and the rest of us need to spay and neuter...and I wish he had touched upon that issue more adamantly. Also, the way the book is layed out isn't really user friendly. It's more memoir style so that you might miss out on some really good ideas and tips that are buried in a paragraph of text. Other than that, this book is the perfect primer for new pet owners. I bought three copies -- one for myself, one for our shelter library, and one for a friend who was contemplating dog ownership.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have read many books recently about dogs and have found this one to be among the most helpful and interesting. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr Poopstein on June 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When I saw this book I was surprised-like many people might be-to discover Greg Louganis trains dogs and lives with a pack of them, from several great danes to a "Jack Russell terrorist". As I read the book I found his enthusiasm towards dogs and understanding their behavior absolutely contagious. I found this book very encouraging and helpful. It may not be the best book on specific training techniques but I thought it provided great overall information on what you can do to really enjoy having dogs into your life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Part 1: A Lifetime Committment
Part 2: The Joys and Pains of Puppyhood
Part 3: The Prime of Out Lives
Part 4: The Golden Years
I found that as I was reading the book, the author talked about his personal experiences on owing and raising dogs. While I did agree on most of his advice and tips, I didn't find this book very worthwhile to read. This book doesn't contain an index which I find useful in a book
If you don't mind reading a book where the author brags and talks about his experience on owning and rasing dogs, then you may like this book.
Some of the things he discusses:
Owning more than 1 dog
Chewing, barking, digging and other so-called behavior problems
Gromming
Discusses his pet peeves such as dogs running loose
Mutts vs. purebreeds
Puppies vs. older dogs
Discusses what to look for when choosing a dog
Devotes a chapter on preparing for a new puppy, what it needs, getting him/her on a routine etc.
Housetraining and longterm dog training
Dog health and well-being
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brez on September 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
I really liked this book. It added a loving perspective to dog-rearing that I did not find in other books I'd read -- and I read many! Yes it's true that Louganis uses personal stories about his dogs and lifestyle, but I did not find them to be bragging. Instead, he is realistic about what it is like to live and travel with dogs on a daily basis. He also has stories which exemplify the difference between large breeds vs terriers which were helpful to me as the new owner of a Norwich. If you are looking for a book specifically about dog training, this is not it, but his perspective on many aspects of dog-rearing: puppyhood vs adolescence, breeding,illness, and euthanasia are helpful to put the lifespan of your dog in front of you when you start. I personally would have liked a little more on puppy socialization, and that includes interacting with young children, and a little more on housebreaking, but this is a warm tribute from a man who obviously loves his dog family and gives them a great deal of respect.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian JENSEN on March 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I ordered this book because I recently brought home a beautiful golden retriever. I was alittle worried about doing everything correct with his training and everything. Greg writes alot about what can be expected in raising dogs and keeping them healthy. I feel alot more relaxed now. He speaks of this great love he has for his dogs, and I truly understand the meaning now. If you have a dog, I highly recommend this book. It is a great read. Thanks Greg for what you have done. This was the 2nd book I read on the subject, I am reading now a third. I think, this one is the most helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dean Pratt (dsp65@hotmail.com) on January 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Greg does an excellent job in helping the owner of a dog through the various stages of its life. He lists some great tips on dealing with "accidents" and other training suggestions. Great photos of him and his dogs. It's a must own for any Greg Louganis fan or dog lover!
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