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People Pooches & Problems: Understanding, Controlling and Correcting Problem Behavior in Your Dog Hardcover – July 15, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: *Howell Book House; 1 edition (July 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876057830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876057834
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,401,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Hardened canine criminals meet their match in Evans ( The Evans Guide for Civilized City Canines ), who here outlines methods and philosophies likely to reform a rogue's gallery of aggressive, unresponsive, non-house-trained animals marauding as man's best friends. With his flexible and good-humored approach, Evans teaches how to develop proper leadership attitudes toward a dog as well as how to prevent or stamp out problems. The standout section here is the author's 20-step "Radical Regimen for Recalcitrant Rovers," which has been privately making the rounds of the nation's top trainers with impressive results. Other piquant discussions include rebuttals of folk wisdom, as in an explanation of disciplining a dog after the fact, and clear directions for using set-ups to correct very specific infractions. Some self-help-style chatter invades the book ("I'll be publicly honest with you if you will be privately honest with yourself") but does not detract from Evans's authority. Owners of even cherubic pets ought not pass up this thoroughly sound guide. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Is your dog a candidate for tough love for pooches? If so, you may want to follow Evans's RRRR "Radical Regimen for Recalcitrant Rovers," the basis for this dog obedience book. Evans, who has worked with dogs for 20 years, offers a holistic 20-step program for correcting behavioral problems. Since this is a long-term process, Evans realistically offers no "quick fixes." He says that the key to success lies in the owner being the boss or Alpha dog; otherwise, a positive dog-owner relationship cannot be achieved. Evans includes worksheets to help guide the owner through the RRRR program. If your patrons need another dog obedience book, consider this as a worthy additional purchase. Photos not seen.
- Eva Lautemann, Dekalb Coll . Lib., Clarkston, Ga.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Read this book, and recommend this book to other people with dogs.
O. Fischer
Yes, to some readers the training philosophy in the book may seem to be "old-fashioned" or "out-dated".
A. Stauss
This book is great, esp the set up, for eliminating problem behaviors in dogs.
V. Brown

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Katy Willson on November 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I've been teaching obedience classes and training and exhibiting Toy Poodles and Miniature Schnauzers in advanced obedience for about 20 years. This book is always the FIRST one I recommend to dog owners who have a dominant or spoiled or aggressive dog.
It is filled with practical, commonsense training methods that work just as well today as they did in our grandparents' days. Dog does good, he is praised and reward -- dog does bad, he is corrected. Perfectly understandable -- both by dogs and by kids.
In my opinion, the people who dislike this book are those who don't believe in negative consequences for anyone or anything. (You usually see the results of this philosophy in their spoiled children.)
"Old-fashioned," they call it. Well, it IS "old-fashioned." And it produces "old-fashioned" good behavior and respect for authority. Good old common sense is what it is, and dogs respond beautifully to it.
Yes, dogs are perfectly capable of understanding positive consequences (petting and treats) AND negative consequences (a sharp word, snap of the leash, or swat on the hind end).
Job Michael Evans' book is just terrific. I have a dozen happy, cheerful, well-behaved dogs to prove it, and as an experienced instructor and trainer, I highly recommend it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book not only provides a nicely detailed background on the dog/human dynamic but includes a vast array of problem-solving techniques. I kept the library copy out so long that I realized I had to buy it to keep as an on-hand resource. The writer, while humane, is no stupid-romantic slob when it comes to appreciating the frustrations and problems even the most beloved dog can bring. Best of all, he puts the emphasis where it needs to be - on the owner who, unlike the dog, is able to examine her (or his) behavior and modify it to help the dog be a better citizen.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As the owner of a dog with a history of biting, this book is a godsend. It's given me practical advice that works. If you have a problem dog, especially if you're considering euthanasia, buy this book and get to work. It'll give both of you a new lease on life.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have been dog training and instructing for 14 years. I have not come across a dog book yet that was worth the money they ask for it. I found my copy of this for $5 in a 2nd hand store. I read it and went and bought another two copies to lend to club members that are having trouble with their dogs. Mr Evans knows what he is talking about. The book is well written, with practical advice everywhere. I thought I knew a lot about dogs, after reading the book I am a great deal more informed. If you have a need for a book on dogs I would recommend reading this, it is great.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By O. Fischer on March 29, 2006
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This book addresses the importance of gaining the respect of your dog and how to move into a leadership position over your dog. So many obedience books & trainers discuss how to teach your dog to sit & down etc, but don't discuss what to do when your dog KNOWS the commands but chooses to ignore it. Praise/treat-only training works when you have a rabidly-eager-to-please dog and/or a person who naturally is a good leader or has good experience with dogs. But for the average dog-owner who I see allow themselves and their guests get trampled/mouthed/abused by their disrespectful dogs ("He's just excited!")this book could be a lifesaver for their dog that is headed for getting squashed by a car, or euthanized for biting a kid...for example.

Anyone who thinks that training a dog is only praise & treats and little to no reprimands--then good for you that life is so easy with your dog(s)---the foster dogs I reform might: sit/down/stay/come for your treat perfectly, then precede to runover your kid and steal his toys/food and bite him if he resists and then maybe eat the mailman for dessert. Dogs need to know their boundaries.

When the praise only type trainers can't reform out-of-control aggressive dogs, euthanasia is typically suggested.

The last behavior expert I met who specialized in "aggressive/problem" dogs had never had to euthanize a single dog in 16 years of operation and furthermore has to counsel and help dog "experts" who can't control strong-willed dogs. I noticed her style of operation is essentially what is in this book --- talk and relate to dogs using their own language.

Read this book, and recommend this book to other people with dogs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book has lots of different situations and problems that you might encounter. It is extreemly helpful and easy to use. There is a lot of love in the methods that they recommend so you don't feel bad using them on your dog. Very practical advice for a person who works and or has children!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "cecronia" on March 27, 2002
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I've noticed a wonderful change in my relationship with my dogs, after only 3 days of practicing the methods in this book. The inciteful knowledge has shown to be the key to improving the relationship with my dogs and loving them even more.
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