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My Dog Pulls. What Do I Do? Paperback – July 1, 2005
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Using clear, uncluttered language, Turid teaches owners how to help their dogs to be more civilized and better companions. --Trish King, author of Parenting Your Dog, Directer of Behavior and Training at Marin Humane Society
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If you do decide to buy this booklet, you'll find that the instructions she give are clear, concise and easy to follow. And most importantly of all, the method works. The best part is that there are no gimmicks, no special equipment to use, and no harsh corrections. There's also not really anything special to her method--which is basically the "stop and switch directions" method of loose leash walking, with lots of praise and some noise motivation added in to speed up the process. Understand that her goal is not to get your dog to heel on your side all the time, but just to walk on a loose leash. As long as the dog isn't pulling, she doesn't care if it's in front of you or behind you or walking in circles next to you.
I will say that she does seem to go a bit overboard (perhaps even exaggerating the negatives) in the sections where she explains why other methods and equipment don't work. Her hatred for halters, chokers, pinch collars, short leashes, no-pull harnesses, and corrections of any kind comes through exceedingly loud and clear. She encourages the reader to use just a simple buckle collar and lots of a positive praise and reinforcement. That works for me.
This effective, pain- and gimmick-free method of teaching loose leash walking is not really a creation of the author - you'll find it in other positive training books under names like "Be a Tree" or "Red Light Green Light." However, Ms. Rugaas explains it very well and adds an element that will really benefit you and the dog.
I do think she needed to emphasize a bit more how absolutely consistent you must be to get this method to work, but that applies to any training. Another thing that I found to be of huge benefit is using a hands-free leash (to prevent the human from physically manipulating the dog into place; dogs, like people, learn best when they are allowed to figure out what works). Applause to the author for supporting the use of a harness, which in my experience dogs much prefer and better understand compared to a neck collar or a head halter.
Turid Rugaas is humane, kind, and a real friend to dogs. Unlike so many other authors, Rugaas doesn't believe in "leash pops" or similar methods which hurt and frighten dogs. You will feel really good about this gentle, patient, and effective method for training your dog.
Rugaas also has a WONDERFUL book and DVD called "Calming Signals", which teaches you to understand dog language. It really helped me understand my shy, traumatized rescue dog.
It's behaviorally sound and will have you enjoying loose lead walks with your dog in a short time.
I reviewed the booklet as part of her upcoming visit, April 18-21st (2006) at CSDogBookReview (a YahooGroup) along with her 2nd Edition version of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals booklet/DVD. We always love having Turid as a guest because we learn so much from her in the short amount of time she can give us in her busy schedule. It's wonderful that we have had her as a guest each year we've been in exsistence as a group and that she loves coming back!
Neither of my dogs currently have a pulling issue so I wasn't able to really practice Turid's methods. I think adding in the work to have a unique sound before actually going outside to work on loose leash walking will really help a lot of people that are frustrated with the standard 'make like a tree' that is often suggested.
The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I think Turid, or possibly her UK editor who helped with the translation from Norwegian, got a little heavy handed in telling the readers that various equipment is bad to use. Yes, as a positive dog trainer I'm not happy seeing a dog in a prong, choke, slip collars but there are less heavy handed ways of stating than what was used.
The bonus is the lovely full color photos and the use of color throughout the booklet. If this is a dog issue you are working on, this booklet should help you!
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Excellent training guide for tracing a dog how to walk on loose leash. Uses positive reinforcement and avoids the common practice of jerking on leash. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This has been the most helpful book we have bought to help us train our new puppies by far. Could not be more happy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book and have already seen relief from my dogs pulling on leash! I tried negative methods in the past and they felt cruel. They also did absolutely no good! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Orvette
Great book.... Lots of details and walks you through the process step and step.Published 6 months ago by Kim
Only been using the training in the book a few weeks but it has made a big difference. The tips are written very clearly and the additional information and case studies are very... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs J Taylor
This little book is very informative! Using this technique my 9 month old German Shepherd puppy is finally learning to walk on a leash, which makes me very happy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer