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Good Dog! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions [Kindle Edition]

Steve Dale , Betty White , Sheldon Rubin , Victoria Stilwell
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Whether you are a first-time or long-time dog owner, “Good Dog!” is the book to keep readily at hand. Author Steve Dale, a certified animal behavior consultant and syndicated columnist on pet behavior, provides insights, tips, and tools for handling all range of behavior issues. “Good Dog!” tackles some of the most common and difficult behaviors, using positive reinforcement to correct them.

Written with pet owner questions and answers from Dale’s columns, “Good Dog!” covers such topics as dogs’ aggression--towards people or each other; training challenges; noise and separation anxieties; curbing excessive barking, jumping, or chewing; and cognitive dysfunction. A section on unusual topics gives advice on everything from bringing home new pets and people to how to handle a reluctant pooch’s costume on Halloween.


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About the Author

Steve Dale is a syndicated columnist; TV, radio and podcast host; pet advocate and certified animal behavior consultant. Pet owners across the United States seek out his expert advice and commentary on everything from controversial pet legislation to calming an anxious calico.

Dale writes two weekly syndicated columns for Tribune Media Services (TMS). He's also a contributing editor at USA Weekend, a columnist for Cat Fancy and thecatchannell.com, and a ChicagoNow blogger. Recently, Dale published his first series of eBooks, including "Good Dog! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions" and "Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions," for the ePublishing division of TMS.

Dale also hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows, "Steve Dale's Pet World" and "The Pet Minute"--together these shows air on more than 100 radio stations--and a weekly WGN radio podcast. He's appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "National Geographic Explorer," "Pets: Part of the Family," and several Animal Planet television programs.

Dale serves on the boards of the CATalyst Council (where he is a founding member), Winn Feline Foundation, Tree House Humane Society (Chicago), and the American Humane Association, where he's a National Ambassador. Among his many honors, Dale has received the AVMA Humane Award and the HSUS Pets for Life Award. In 2012, he will be the youngest person ever inducted into the Dog Writers Hall of Fame.

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  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Tribune Media Services (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H69JZS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog Speak January 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Steve Dale knows what he is about and his common sense approach to dog 'training' makes for a very enjoyable read as well as a fine handbook to keep around for wither your own pet or when dog-sitting for friends. It is obvious from the way that Dale writes that he thoroughly understands how dogs connect their synapses and how rewiring your dog's brain with tried and true methods of behavior modification, with an emphasis on positive reinforcement instead of punishment.

The chapters in this book ill give the potential reader some expectations about what will be gained form investing i this little bible: Dog on Dog Aggression, Pet on People Aggression, Housetraining 101, To Crate or Not to Crate?, Chew on this, Obedience Training, Jump to It, Play, Excessive Barking, Separation Distress, Noise Anxiety, Compulsive Disorders, Cognitive Dysfunction, and a Grab Bag of Off-Beat Questions. Dale offers his wise advice in the form of interaction with people's questions he has answered from his syndicated radio show. He peppers his text with enough photographs to give that much needed 'Aw[...] effect and keeps the information tight but light.

This book is essential for every current and would-be dog owner - and it might just be a terrific gift for that lady down the street in your neighborhood whose dogs yap all day.....Subtle but firm suggestions that Steve Dale can calm dogs and a neighbor where the ill-advised dogs dwell. Grady Harp, January 12
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Friends February 18, 2012
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Certified animal behavior consultant and television host, Steve Dale, applies the latest research to dog training. His methods are science-based and move us well beyond previously established dominance/punitive dog instruction.

One of the gems in this book is the technique for training dogs to "go on command." I know it works because I trained two dogs using this method - it really works. This is a useful everyday command for when you want to make sure your dog has been able to "go" at the last possible opportunity before being confined in the house alone for a long time.

The author wants to get to know a dog before recommending adjustments in its training routines. There are lots of variables to consider. In other words, dog training designed appropriately for specific dogs is a big subject. It's not practical for most of us to become experts in it or keep up with the growing body of literature.

I recommend this book because it's an easy, accessible and direct path to getting the answers to specific questions on dog care and training.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Dale looks out for a pet's best interests April 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm the resident veterinarian on Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show and am known as "America's Veterinarian." I've known and trusted Steve Dale for over two decades and have always found his voice for pets powerful, proactive and positive. Through his myriad of communication platforms and service organizations, he's always looked after pets, people and the profession (veterinary medicine). Above all, he's put the pet's best interests first. His new ebook "Good Dog!" is representative of this purpose and is a great resource for anybody who loves pets and wants to fully integrate them into the family. I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Good Dog! has a wealth of information for dog owners. Each chapter is composed of problems or annoyances dog owners my have. First the reader is introduced to the problem and some advice is given. Then in a question and answer format dog owners share their concerns and answers are then given to each individual questions. Each answer is followed up with additional resources, which included online links, information and training techniques by animal behaviorist and their training techniques which provides the dog owner with a wide variety of different ideas as dogs are unique. Other solutions are management tools including clicker training, and when it comes to separation or noise anxiety and separation distress the reader is also provided with information on other natural options like desensitization Cd's, anxiety wrap, a pheromone called Adaptil and a few others.

The most important advice I found in this book has to do with taking your dog to a vet, especially if the problems you are having started out of the blue. By having your dogs health checked first, you can narrow down the problem. Because it could turn out that the very reason that the problem or situation exists could be due to any wide variety of things, from something as mild as a vitamin deficiency or allergies to a more serious health issue like a bladder infection or even kidney disease. Of course you dog cannot speak and you are their best advocate, so the best thing for a pet owner to do is write these symptoms down before going to the vet, so they are prepared.

Some problems and situation I have found the solutions and advice in this book to be helpful with in our family with our dogs includes "Jumping at the Door," "Too Much Fun," Excessive Barking," "Separation Distress and Noise Anxiety.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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And we all know what happens to most of the dogs with behavior problems that end up in shelters.

Being a pet-owner carries with it a substantial responsibility on the part of the pet owner -- if only everyone who was considering adopting a dog from a shelter or a rescue group would read this before AND after acquiring their new pet(s). Knowledge in this area is a GREAT help -- to both the dog AND the owner.

This book is a straight-forward presentation in clear easy to read format, with no confusing jargon -- and it covers the basics (basic commands), to the more egregious problems that would send most uninformed pet owners, dog in hand, to the sheler to relinquish their pet -- separation anxiety, constant barking, food aggression, fear.

With a short but great table of contents up front, plus bibliographies and relevant Web pages to peruse, in the back of this book - I would even suggest that this be a required handout for all those who adopt a pet from a shelter or a rescue (hopefully there will be some grant money or patron donations to cover the cost to the shelter/rescue).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I guess I expected some expert advice
I didn't find this to be the most informative book ever. I think i was expecting dog whisperer quality. Not the worst book either.
Published 7 months ago by frdie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Review
This was a great little synopsis of different issues that people may have with their dogs. I mostly find it is the people with the problems, and not their dogs. Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice
Steve offers some very good advice for taking good care of your dog. It helps to know how to control your dog's behavior!
Published 17 months ago by Bill Majer
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Simplistic
I found this book to be very simplistic,repetitious,and far too fond of touting the author's products. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Nancy A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Resource
With the current focus that one TV "trainer" is getting, it is wonderful to see a book that was written by someone who is a recognized expert in the field of animal behavior, and... Read more
Published on January 12, 2012 by Walter E. Obrien
4.0 out of 5 stars BookHounds [...]
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This is the perfect book for any dog owner whether they have a problem or perfect dog. Read more
Published on December 31, 2011 by Mary Bookhounds
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding how to manage your dog
There are those of us who simply want our dogs to behave. And then there are those of us who want to have a deeper understanding of the 'whys' of dog behavior. Read more
Published on December 11, 2011 by Sue Yellen
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Steve Dale is a syndicated columnist; TV, radio and podcast host; pet advocate and certified animal behavior consultant. Pet owners across the United States seek out his expert advice and commentary on everything from controversial pet legislation to calming an anxious calico.

Dale writes two weekly syndicated columns for Tribune Media Services (TMS). He's also a contributing editor at USA Weekend, a columnist for Cat Fancy and thecatchannell.com, and a ChicagoNow blogger. Recently, Dale published his first series of eBooks, including "Good Dog! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions" and "Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions," for the ePublishing division of TMS.

Dale also hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows, "Steve Dale's Pet World" and "The Pet Minute"--together these shows air on more than 100 radio stations--and a weekly WGN radio podcast. He's appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "National Geographic Explorer," "Pets: Part of the Family," and several Animal Planet television programs.

Dale serves on the boards of the CATalyst Council (where he is a founding member), Winn Feline Foundation, Tree House Humane Society (Chicago), and the American Humane Association, where he's a National Ambassador. Among his many honors, Dale has received the AVMA Humane Award and the HSUS Pets for Life Award. In 2012, he will be the youngest person ever inducted into the Dog Writers Hall of Fame.

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