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15 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2011
I was actually enjoying this book okay, until I got to the point where the author downplayed the use of shock collars saying that people should do what they want with their own dogs, then I started to lose interest and in fact, didn't finish the book. I like the idea of getting people into dog sports, but not all the traditional baggage that still seems to come along with obedience. I would have enjoyed the book more if it had been written by a positive reinforcement trainer and sent the message that it is entirely possible to train for rally or obedience without the use of aversives which of course many of us do. The book does explain somewhat how obedience works which I suppose could get people interested but for people who know anything about how competing in obedience or rally it's not really useful. I don't think I would recommend it to anyone as it gives the impression that "corrections" are necessary which leaves a bad taste in my mouth.