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It's a Dog Not a Toaster: Finding Your Fun in Competitive Obedience
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2011
I actually like this book for what it is. A foundation understanding of the world of Obedience and Rally from the grounds of actually showing. There are A LOT of books out there already that explain the training methods for clicker training to compete in rally and/or obedience. I like this book for those of us that are just getting our feet wet in this crazy competitive world and want to read a understandable explaination of it. Thank you very much for this book. It filled a hole in my LARGE dog library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2011
I have shown dogs for over 40 years. I would have loved to have this book when I first started out in the sport. It helps define many terms we all take for granted. It helps take the mystery out for all the "newbies" to dog obedience. I think this is a must have for anyone interested in showing their dog in obedience. It is a quick and easy read. I would like all my students to have a copy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2014
This is a great book for anyone who trains a dog, but a must have for anyone who trains a dog to show in obedience or rally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2014
Of training and showing in Rally and Obedience. And a gentle reminder of why we train and show. This book is good for both beginners and experienced trainers. Have not shown in obedience for years. Now that we have two young dogs, I especially enjoyed the information on Rally Obedience. There was no Rally when I was showing and the author provides excellent information on training and what to expect when showing in Rally. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
Anybody new to either Competition Obedience or Rally, should get this book before entering a first trial. And to help smooth things along in your family, suggest other family members who do NOT train the family dog for competition, read this book - for an insight on to the sport, as well as some belly laughs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2013
And hoping it'll help with my ring nerves. The author takes one from obedience classes to Novice....thru Utility.

Definbately lots of good information! My Doberman appreciates this book! V B G
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
Great book for people entirely new to competitive obedience. Makes good points. Educational for newbies, a pleasant read for all, but not real detailed or useful for experienced handlers.
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on June 15, 2015
I've recently started doing competitive obedience/ rally with a dog who is NEVER going to be a champion- he's middle aged, was feral the first three years of his life, and also doesn't see all that well. I'm also a total newbie and I felt totally overwhelmed. The best thing about this book is it gave me the courage to continue and it gave me a little intro that helped me understand scoring and rules and such without being boring. A quick, pleasant read that made me feel much more competent and confident. I saw some reviews on here that were upset because the book was written by a balanced trainer and mentions corrections and a shock collar- I am a force free trainer who does not use such things but I did not think this was a problem because this book is not a training manual. These things are mentioned in passing. This book is an intro to the culture of obedience, it will NOT teach you how to teach the specific skills like heeling and sits. There are other great books out there for that.
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on February 20, 2015
As a long time handler I thought this book offered a delightful and refreshing perspective to Obedience training/handling. Recognized myself a lot and found loads of inspiration for those challenging pooches! Great material to pass along to novice and experienced handlers alike!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2015
While not a detailed 'How to' training manual, this book is a well-written, enjoyable read that may be a considerable help to the biggest obstacle in dog training; the space between the handler's ears......
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