90 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant work!
Hi! I got the My Smart Puppy book on Friday and read the whole thing by Saturday! Hudson and I have already played all the Level I games. He is perfect at some already (since we've already been training), but we will continue to improve at others.
What I want to say is that it is, hands down, the most wonderful book on training I have read since I decided to...
Published on October 30, 2006 by Rachel J.
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not enough "Here is what you do..."
I was very excited about getting this book, because the reviews on here seemed pretty good. When I started reading, I was quite disappointed. First of all, many pages are dedicated to the authors' own experiences -- which is fine if I were reading for entertainment, but not when I'm reading to figure out how to train my new puppy.
The biggest downfall of this...
Published on September 27, 2009 by MaggiesMom
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90 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant work!,
This review is from: My Smart Puppy: Fun, Effective, and Easy Puppy Training (Book & 60min DVD) (Hardcover)Hi! I got the My Smart Puppy book on Friday and read the whole thing by Saturday! Hudson and I have already played all the Level I games. He is perfect at some already (since we've already been training), but we will continue to improve at others.
What I want to say is that it is, hands down, the most wonderful book on training I have read since I decided to get a dog pal. I read Good Owners, Great Dogs and Metrodog too, and I loved them both, but there is something about the tone of MSP that beats all.
The whole thought of looking at training as a series of "games" is awesome. And, you know what? The best thing was the included DVD. I had read about half the book, and then watched the DVD. I realized that while I consider myself an effusive person (especially with Hudson), I really could stand to be a lot more joyful and playful with Hudson during training. I was being very businesslike about it. I really needed to see Sarah and Brian's attitude with the dogs to understand what they mean about showing enthusiasm. My relationship with Hudson improved THAT DAY! I have been trying to mimic the tone in the DVD, and we are both enjoying our time together so much more. Hudson is suddenly so much more responsive, and now I realize that treats aren't even necessary anymore for the behaviors he already knows.
Hudson and I are having a GREAT time. I'm amazed at how responsive he is when I step into his space or block him with my body. I couldn't believe it would work, but it does. We are already close to having him sit every time I stand in front of him!
Oh, and the words "Smart Puppy" really help too. When you say "What a Smart Puppy!!!" to your dog, you can't help sounding happy and believing it!
53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book***,
This review is from: My Smart Puppy: Fun, Effective, and Easy Puppy Training (Book & 60min DVD) (Hardcover)My Smart Puppy is one of those books you want to tell everyone about. The training exercises are short and simple (and fun!), and the training is done in stages (levels). Each exercise is prefaced with a Goal, then how to get there in beautifully explained detail. The details of each exercise are not long and drawn out, because they don't have to be. There are 2 to 4 steps in each exercise. The concept of dog training in this book is a common sense approach and works toward the overall desired results, which is a puppy who learns to behave well and a bond that is formed between you and your puppy. It comes with a DVD that shows exactly how to do some of the exercises (very cute to see puppies learning new things for the first time). A puppy loves to learn and these exercises give it that opportunity, and the mental stimulation all puppies and dogs need, as well as learning that you are his gentle and fair leader.
These exercises are for foundational training beyond just the sit and down and walk. There's the "Leave it", "Mine", "Space", and many many more. There's also a chapter on Understanding Training. The book gives you an understanding of how puppies think and learn.
The book also deals with behaviorial problems (that we all encounter with our pups) and not only references the exercise that needs to be done for a certain behavior, but the page number as well. I can't say enough about the well written style of this great book and the effectiveness of the exercises. If people would do these simple training exercises with their puppies, there would be a lot less dogs with behavior problems in the shelters. I don't see any reason why these exercises can't be done with adult dogs also, who are in need of basic foundational training that they never got as puppies.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and DVD combo.,
This review is from: My Smart Puppy: Fun, Effective, and Easy Puppy Training (Book & 60min DVD) (Hardcover)I have read several books by the authors, so was excited to see this new book out just as I was contemplating getting a puppy. It is filled with great advice that just makes sense. A super addition is the training DVD. This allowed everyone in my family to be exposed to the training principles (over and over) without my having to read the book out loud. This is a great combo for families considering or getting a puppy.
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good dog training guide,
As a veterinarian and an owner of a very active Labrador Retriever, discussions on dog behavior and training advice are very informative, sound and practical. The authors are obviously know the topics and can provide very useful advice for owners especially about how to read the puppies' body language as well as what to do and not do during training. I may disagree with some of their views on certain training tools/methods as those are methods or tools have worked well for me. Having said that, they mentioned that different
methods work for different people and dogs--and never claimed their method were the be-all-and-end-all method.
As a practicing veterinarian, one specific aspect disappointed me. They should have done more research on medical facts: they provided erroneous information about why white dogs are more likely to be deaf. They stated that "myelin, a compound that colors skin, is necessary for the auditory nerves to work," when in fact, the pigment in the skin is melanin, not myelin (myelin is the phospholipids that surrounds axons in certain neurons). White
dogs lack the melanin-producing cells called melanocytes, which play an important part in the development of certain structures within the inner ear; melanin does not affect the function of the auditory nerves.
Overall, I believe that My Smart Puppy delivers a humane, practical and fun approach for owners to understand and train their dogs. The authors know what they are talking about when it comes to dog training.
Armchair Interviews says: As a dog-training guide, this is definitely a valuable tool.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable resource for new puppy owners,
Using the methods outlined in the book, you will have a trained puppy (or dog) in no time. The book is loaded with great tips and ideas, and it's clearly written and illustrated. Even better, you can watch the DVD that comes with the book and see the methods in action. With "My Smart Puppy," there is no reason why you can't train your pup, and have a fun time doing it. I highly recommend this book!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brace yourself for "product placement"...!,
What I found on the video is that those demonstrations *are* forthcoming, if you're patient. But it's kind of like one of those mandatory time-share seminars - you're held captive for a LOT of advertising. That adorable puppy on the cover of the book? Instead of that cute red scarf, he's got a bandanna bearing the all-over imprint of the sponsoring brand of puppy food. So does his collar, his leash, and the big bag of food in the background of nearly every scene. Frequent references are made to how high quality food (gee, we wonder which one) is necessary for the brain development that will make your puppy especially brilliant and trainable. Thinly veiled commercial breaks are frequent, both for the food and for a flea-treatment product (same congolomerate?). The names of these products are never spoken, but the conspicuously-labeled packaging is everywhere. Overall, it made me feel as if these folks assume me to be a whole lot less smart than a puppy.
I still like the book, and I'll probably make it through the whole DVD for the sake of the training demonstrations. But I kind of feel as if the food manufacturer should have offered this set for free with your first purchase of puppy-chow.
Being a naturally contrary sort, I was inspired by all of this to look for a more objective source of food-quality information for my puppy. If you do a web search for "dog food analysis," you'll find a very informative site that helps to clarify food quality issues. And, sad to say, the much-endorsed brand doesn't exactly leave the competition in the dust (to say the least), so now I feel less guilty about being too stubborn to buy it after being subjected to this sales pitch.
I really do like the book though; you can be sure I wouldn't have put aside my annoyance to give it 4 stars, otherwise! It has a lot of helpful insights about how puppies think, where our communications with them often break down, and how to work *with* your puppy to ingrain habits and responses that will be constructive for all concerned.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD especially helpful,
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Training for the humans, fun for the dogs!,
As a dog trainer I am always on the look for a book that not only I can connect with, but my clients, the average American family can relate to. As Executive Director for Reading With Rover, a non profit children's literacy program that pairs volunteer handlers and their therapy dog with at risk children I can't express our joy that this book has arrived. We are asked all the time about our dogs and how did they get to be so good. They want to know how can they get their dog involved in our program. Now I can tell them you need to read "My Smart Puppy!" and they will be on their way to hopefully joining the ranks of our reading dogs.
Again, my sincerest thanks from all the dogs and their families in Seattle.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt one of the best I have read on the subject,
From the Monks of New Skete's books ( which I think are wonderful) to Ceasar Milan and Victoria Stillwell's books as well as watching them on their shows ( now a waste of time to me)
This book blows them all away and I will tell you WHY.....
The book is clear , consise and TELLS you how to begin to train puppy and ( most importantly!)the very REASON you are training a specific command so that puppy understands your command,,,,and the consequences of how a dog will take it if you dont do something a certain way. I don't speak dog,,,,but this pairs understands the language of the canine better than any trainer or " show person" I ever saw!
I just want to help my dog understand what is expected of him/her and train!
Today you hear a lot about being the " pack leader" first,, or your puppy will assume that position should you give up that position to ignorance on all the shows.
And that is truly how it is,,,,,,not purposefully, but people do not understand the language of the canine world and how to effectively communicate with a dog in order to allow the puppy to grow to be the dog that you want your pup to be.
While most of the other books deal with problems that already exist , this one clearly teaches you that you will not have to deal with problems long term if you take the window of opportunity at the very beginning ,and seize the moment in a fun way , not a sour and overly determined stressful way for you or your puppy. Training is a game that puppy ( and you!) should enjoy and have fun with!
Its a time to bond, hang out,,, and plain old have a great time together.
Training is looked at like a game , and this is the HUGE difference that this book offers vs other books.
I cannot speak highly enough about this book , I am reading this prior to picking up my lona awaited Cavalier puppy from the breeder in 5 short weeks from now.
I will be able to work thru stage I immediately,, while understanding at the same time my puppy's need for sleep and also how to handle issues common to puppyhood ( chewing , housetraining etc)
( as the saying goes,,,,,,this too shall pass,,)
The DVD that accompanies this book is outstanding, in fact I wish this team would put out MORE training DVD's as many of us cannot get to their seminars ,,,,and would appreciate even more information as our dog grows.
I read the reviews about a dog food companies endorsement,,,oh well,,,,fast forward,( you DO have a clicker in your hand dont you?) Move on and get over it. ( I did!)
I do not feed kibble at all, I feed raw food and have been successful at that for a few years so I skipped over that part rather quickly, somebody has to back somebody, and this food company did that.
Economics 101 is all it is. Get past that.
It did not take away from the very valuable advise and training exercizes on the DVD!
I want to be SHOWN how to do this also! The DVD delivers.
This book is THE best book I have EVER read on training puppies!
I would give it 10 stars if I could but amazon only allows 5. If anyone should have a TV show on animal planet it should be this couple but alas, the others are there for the shock value , because people have allowed their pets to rule the roost and have accepted ( and dare I say encouraged!) such horrid behavior in their dogs, so it makes for good viewing for many.( sad isnt it?)
Sort of like the show Bridezilla ,(which I wouldn't put up with either in my family by the way)
I pay for wedding=we collaborate,,,, and you act like the grownup you are,,, IMHO.
But once again,its done for shock value just like many of the dogs shows that are only retraining people shows essentially.
You can still bet that when I make that long long drive to the breeders,,,, I * will* do a few puppy tests on my chosen puppy ( info is out there in many other books too,) to see the personality of the puppy before I hand over hard earned money.
Its just wisdom to do so.
I am looking forward to training in this most positive and fun way ( I threw out the clicker too!)
A clicker cant be heard as puppy heads towards a busy road with cars should you be foolish enough to have your pup off leash not trained well on re call yet.
Great book,,,,and fun to read!
Added note Feb 2011~ Everything the book says to do was correct, while we allow our little one up on the couch, she always must " earn" it,,,,she has to do a sit, roll over, or something so she knows SHE is not in charge, we are
MY son got a yorki at the same time we bought our puppy and oftentimes bring his dog over when he stays overnight,, that dog litterally will FLY thru the air up on any piece of furniture, and take over any toy even the small childrens toys if it wants it.
It seems to be ok with them but I asked him ,,,,would you put up with the same behavior in an 80 lb dog that you put up with your 8 lb yorki?? The answer clearly was no way
I dont care what size your pooch is, do train the dog for your sake , your families sake and for the safety of your pet,,,I have * never* had my dog not come back on a re call after taking time( yes lots of it) to get her back, We live on a country road and I dont want her hit b/c she does not know her bounderies
She is now ready to take her Therapy dog test and I can thank the authors of this book for steering me in the right direction in the first place~ we have a great time with our dog and we are happy b/c she is trained and NOT a problem to us or anyone else
Believe me those cute puppy days go by fast and ya better learn early on who is in charge or your dog will make that decision for you
thank you for the great book!
One very grateful owner of a nicely trained and well loved dog.
ETA ( 12/15/12)
DH has purchased me a puppy for Christmas,,,,actually we will pick him up AFTER Christmas b/c it can be very confusing for a pup to come to new home that is filled to the brim w/family and friends
I am re reading this book b/c it has worked So well for my training,, and I have purchased copies for friends that had new dogs come into their lives this past year,, one a basset, one a doxie) Am going to order yet another book for my son and family as we are both getting new pups from the same litter,,,,,English doxies, I do have a cavalier now ,she actually loves to be not only w/other dogs but our nearest neighbors kittens,so I know she will be fine.
Time for me to read the book again and while I do not relish training in winter in Wisconsin, I will be getting a lot more walking outside for the next few months to border train also
Merry Christmas to one and all,,,,,,
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes teaching your puppy lots of fun!,
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