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Good Dog 101: Easy Lessons to Train Your Dog the Happy, Healthy Way Paperback – October 16, 2007

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"Good Dog 101 is an all-in-one text for dog behavior and training, far more up-to-date and scientifically based than any other book on the market."
— James C. Ha, PhD, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, University of Washington professor

"Cristine Dahl has produced a first-rate training book, one that is a shining example of the humane, scientifically sound, and practical methods she espouses. A great resource."
— Janis Bradley, author of Dogs Bite: but Balloons and Slippers Are More Dangerous

About the Author

Cristine Dahl is the founder and owner of the Seattle Dogworks. She lives in Seattle. Jean Donaldson is the founder, director, and a principal instructor at the San Francisco SPCA Academy. She lives in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books; 1 edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570615179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570615177
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cristine Dahl, CTC, is the owner and founder of the Seattle Dogworks Training & Education Studio and the author of the acclaimed book, Good Dog 101 (foreword by Jean Donaldson). With formal education in the biological sciences (focus on mammalian mind and brain) and a sound foundation in theoretical and applied animal learning theory, Cristine's extensive resumé includes numerous feature publications, honors, mentorships, and awards.

While maintaining her long-standing private training business, SeattleDogs, LLC, Cristine simultaneously founded and developed three public canine training & education schools: SoundPuppy, Seattle Dog Training, and Seattle Dogworks). In 2006, she founded the Northwest's only licensed private/vocation specializing in the study of canine behavior, the Seattle School of Canine Studies. For more information, see www.seattleschoolofcaninestudies.com.

A third-generation Seattle native, Cristine shares her home with her blended human/canine family of all ages and size

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By KLS on January 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
As an animal lover and veterinarian, I am delighted with Good Dog 101. This book engagingly explains the essentials of behavior science. Using these sound principles, Good Dog 101 shows us how to improve our dogs' behavior. Unlike training manuals for dogs in performance sports, Good Dog 101 aims to help you make your dog a joy to live with at home.
Good Dog 101 politely debunks training methods based on personality and intuition. There may certainly be dog or horse "whisperers," but most of us are not! We need to learn techniques that regular folks can use to educate a happy dog. Good Dog 101 also analyzes the "boot camp" approach. Methods that use harsh force and intimidation are dangerous and ineffective. Good Dog 101 provides a practical alternative. The training tips are clear, concise, and conveniently arranged.
I recommend this book for the new dog owner, the "challenging dog" owner, and anyone who is curious about the fascinating world of animal behavior. If we were to use these methods with children, co-workers, and spouses, the world would be a happier place!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Taylor S. on January 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
Cristine Dahl, the author of Good Dog 101, is a gem in the Seattle canine landscape. We had the opportunity to work with her personally last year during which time we witnessed her methods first hand. We have an adult dog with a bevy of behavior problems: separation anxiety, dog/dog aggression, resource guarding, improper social skills, etc. We desperately wanted to add another dog to our life but knew it was an impossibility. We were proven wrong when Cristine performed the impossible: not only did she get to the bottom of the problems plaguing our dog for ten years, but she did it safely and kindly. This summer we added another dog to our home and we marvel every day at the relationship between the two dogs and their place in our family.

Dahl has finally put her methods on paper in this marvelous book. It is easy to read, easy to use, includes fascinating and documented information on her methods and fairly but critically analyzes those of popular others in the field (Cesar Millan for one!). I recommend this book to anyone with a dog or puppy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anna Raines on December 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
I just loved this book because the author offers dog training tips for those of us that tend to pamper our dogs and have trouble doing anything that might cause us to lose that loving gaze for even a moment. It is effective training based on positive reinforcement and allows you to lavish love and affection on your pet while training for good behavior at the same time. We should all have been trained this way as children-there would be a lot less neurosis in the world.
Great book and easy reading with the author's delightful and accessible writing style.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christine S. Hibbard on November 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
This easy to read and enjoyable paperback book is a comprehensive volume that combines step by step instructions for training obedience behaviors with easy to follow instructions for solving common behavior problems that inevitably come up with owners in any obedience class or puppy kindergarten. In addition to her chapters providing step by step instructions for training behaviors such as sit, down, come, leave it, and drop, Cristine devotes a chapter to "Common Canine Behavior Problems and How To Resolve Them" which covers Potty Training, Barking, Greeting Problems, Chewing, and Stealing. The author includes chapters on Aggression, Puppies, and Geriatric Dogs, the last of which is often given short shrift in general dog training books. Geriatric dogs have special needs and issues, but as owners, we're often in denial about why our beloved companions have suddenly started behaving "badly". Good Dog 101 can help owners identify that the issues their geriatric dogs are having are age related (organic) and not behavior related.

What makes this book so relevant is Cristine's constant focus on scientific methods and animal learning theory. Her research is sound and her methods consistent with the scientific data on how dogs learn. Her chapters on the history of dog training and traditional/military style training techniques are illuminating. I don't think I've ever read a dog training book geared towards average dog owners, or the training community for that matter that did such a wonderful job of documenting the history of dog training and how those out dated, military methods of dog training (and the metal collars that came with them) came into popular use in the pet dog population. This is an important historical context given the resurgence of these techniques.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Brothers on November 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Great book by a great local trainer! Provides a history of dog training and fairly describes the pros and cons of positive vs. traditional training. Also gives solutions to common behavior problems and recommendations re: toys to keep your dog busy on rainy days. Great pick for dog people who prefer proven methods to individual theories about how to train dogs. This book is dog-friendly and people-friendly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2007
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Very readable, comprehensible approach to dog training based on science as well as extensive experience. The author accurately points out that many / most of the resources out their today (ranging from training manuals, videos, and classes) are based on opinion and anecdotal experience, not on science and observation. Her approach is grounded on her own extensive training as an animal behaviorist as well as years of experience as a professional trainer. I had the pleasure of taking two dogs from puppihood through adulthood in her classes, and the results of her method are nothing short of AMAZING. By harnessing the dog's natural drives and instincts, she is able to achieve fantastic results that stick, leaving our dogs both more manageable and more enjoyable to be around. I agree with the other reviewer that illustrations and / or an online component with videos would have been helpful, especially for those who have not had a chance to actually attend her classes.
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