- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312598971
- ISBN-13: 978-0312598976
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Imagine Life with a Well-Behaved Dog A 3-Step Positive Dog-Training Program Paperback – 2010
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Because each dog's situation is unique, Bjelland is offering
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and accessible to a broad audience. Julie's down-to-earth,
uncomplicated advice is a welcome solution for a busy dog
owner and aims to change the way people communicate with
their dogs forever.
Top Customer Reviews
She also spends a good amount of time explaining how much exercise is required for a dog and challenging the reader to examine if his/her lifestyle is compatible with having a dog. She also makes several good points about how one's level of activity should match the dog's level of activity. Particularly if you are gone all day and don't have energy for an active dog, you'd do better with an older dog. She makes a great case for adopting older dogs which has really made me rethink the myth that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
The training section is easy to read and the steps are broken down so that they are easy to follow and implement. I particularly like her reminders to remain calm, clear, and consistent. The book has lots of real life cases and how the author has helped people overcome issues with their dogs. I find these extremely helpful in understanding why my dogs behave as they do and how my fears, anxieties and emotions impact their behavior.
Particularly helpful in this book is that the author gives lots of examples of how we inadvertently reinforce negative behavior by giving in to our dogs.Read more ›
This book is very loosely organized, one minute you could be covering house breaking and the next you could be covering relaxation techniques (for you, not your dog!) You really need to read this cover to cover to get all the pertinent information regarding one topic or stage of your dog's development, you can't just refer to a chapter or you'll miss something. Sections tend to bleed together and there's quite a bit of redundancy and rambling. For example, the author pushes exercise all throughout the book. Exercise is important, obviously, but it gets mentioned repeatedly in a way that sounds like she has already prejudged you to be a lazy owner who doesn't exercise their dog enough. Since I don't even have a dog yet, and this is not Ms. Cleo from the Psychic Hotline, I found this condescending and annoying to read again and again.
When it comes to the relaxation techniques for people (not your dog) I think it's wholly unnecessary to talk about yoga, diet, or what have you. I get that in order to be a good teacher to my dog, I need to be calm and keep anxiety, anger, tension, etc. out of my verbal and physical commands; that's good advice. I don't need an entire section to tell me how to relax.Read more ›
To date, gone are the days when my aunt's dog is confused and my aunt frustrated. Julie lays out a very good outline for dog ownership from beginning to end - starting from preparing for life with a dog to whether one's lifestyle would be a better fit for a puppy or older dog. I thought this was great, as I wanted my aunt to realize that there were different types of dogs for different types of lifestyles.
I especially love that Julie also outlined what tools were going to be needed, budgets of ownership, crate training, commands, leadership. Wow, I couldn't have found a more efficient and quick lifesaver for my own sanity and I'm sure my aunt's. Now both dog and human are more sane and happy in knowing their roles. I think that this book is authoritative, calm, and carries with it an air of true help for dogs and their human companions. The author is very qualified and knowledgeable and I think this book was worth the investment many times far and above the price. I also appreciated that the book was practical for the average person to understand. What a great guide from someone who trained guide dogs! Fantastic!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a sensible approach to dog training, easy to read and understand.Published 9 months ago by Kenneth Green
Got a dog I'd like to believe can someday be well-behaved! Here's hoping! thanks!Published 9 months ago by Patricia G Waldrop
Started reading big lead up of how your dog will be so obedient, but lost interest a few chapters in. Three step program sounded good, but a lot of it is hype and common sense.Published 10 months ago by Mikelle H. Fraizer