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Product Details

  • Series: Dogwise Training Manual
  • Paperback: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Dogwise Publishing (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781929242559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929242559
  • ASIN: 1929242557
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This extremely user-friendly book will inspire and instruct anybody seeking to strengthen their relationship with dogs through play. It s for every dog person, from the novice pet owner to the professional trainer and opens up a new world of joyful communication. Play is one of the most significant tools in the trainers toolbox. Now go out and play! --Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT, author of Control Unleashed

Finally, a book that s fun for you and your dog! It reminds us of why we got a dog in the first place! You ll learn great games to play with your dogs along with ways to make routine games a little more interesting, challenging, and rewarding. --Robin Bennett, CPDT, author of All About Dog Daycare and Off-Leash Dog Play

There s more to canine fun and games than just fetch! Miller distills the concept of dog play, explains why it s important, illustrates how constructive dog play can strengthen your relationship with your dog, and manages to make reading the book almost as much fun as putting the ideas to work! --Victoria Schade, CPDT, author of New Puppy! Now What? DVD

About the Author

Author Pat Miller is at the forefront of the force-free, positive dog training phenomenon in the United States. She operates her own training facility in Hagerstown, Maryland, where she lives with her husband and a menagerie of rescued dogs, cats, and horses. Pat is a 20-year veteran of humane work and a popular columnist for Whole Dog Journal, Your Dog, and Popular Dogs magazines and is the author of Positive Perspectives. Love Your Dog, Train Your Do;, Positive Perspectives 2. Know Your Dog, Train Your Dog; and The Power of Positive Dog Training.

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Pat Miller has been a dog trainer for over thirty years. She is the founder of Peaceable Paws Dog & Puppy Training Center and is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She is a leading proponent of positive dog training techniques, and her columns on training are read by thousands in publications such as Whole Dog Journal. She is the author of Play With Your Dog; The Power of Positive Dog Training; Positive Perspectives, Love Your Dog, Train Your Dog; and Positive Perspectives 2, Know Your Dog, Train Your Dog.

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Great examples and very well explained.
Deborah Price
That being said, this is a good place to start if you wish to know how to interact with your dog and how to prevent or address behavior problems.
hemu-ha
I'm playing games with my dog I never would have thought of on my own and my whole family is having a GREAT time!
M. Andrews

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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By hemu-ha on August 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Reading fluency: 8/10
Content information: 10/10
Entry level requirement: 1/10

Although i am a play trainer myself, i didn't rate the book with 5 stars because of its title, but because it's truly good, it has a lot of information on the subject of play and how it can be used for different purposes, things that you would expect to read about in a "serious" and expensive textbook, yet the writing style is fluid and entertaining, so it's addressed to virtually anyone, from those who want to get along better with their dog and have fun, to dog trainers and behaviorists.
However, it's not intended to be a training manual per se, the obedience exercises are very briefly presented. That being said, this is a good place to start if you wish to know how to interact with your dog and how to prevent or address behavior problems.

Many books treating general subjects (like play) tend to have little useful information and a lot of general trivial stuff that most people know already. Others fail to get the point altogether by looking at it through other concepts (things like: "if he jumps up on you, he's dominant") or by warning that playing certain games will "make the dog dominant/aggressive/etc.", like playing tug.

Not the case here. The author is clearly knowledgeable about the subject and she rehabilitates dogs using these games and concepts, including the much feared tug-of-war. I was particularly pleased to find out that she even explains some of the misconceptions about tug.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie L. Hess on October 29, 2008
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Play is the best way to bond and start to teach your puppy or dog how to interact with other people and animals. This book shares a wealth of ideas for playing, and bridges the gap that owners often feel in their daily routines with a new pup or dog. There are great games, ideas for toys and interactive fun here. This shares how to fulfill the true joy of a relationship with your dog. This book is about fun, and goes to the heart of why you decided to have a dog share your life with you in the first place. So worthwhile, a must for every dog lover, and it's fun to read as well!!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nancy M. Bensley on October 9, 2009
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I was looking for a book that gave me ideas on how to occupy my rescue dog because we hadn't found any games that she liked to play with me. After reading the book, I realized that she does play with me and that we were already doing some of the games in the book. I reevaluated my definition of play, and got many new ideas that we have started doing. The book was very useful to me.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Jones on August 26, 2009
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Pat Miller is a fantastic author and very knowledgeable dog trainer. She brings the same insight I've come to expect from her other books (ex: "The Power of Positive Dog Training" and "Positive Perspectives") to this training manual. "Play..." is a great review of dog's playing styles and ways to interact in positive ways with your dog(s).

I purchased the book (along with a few others on play/tricks/etc) because as a positive trainer myself I was running out of new ideas to challenge my 6 year old mixed-breed herding dog. I've had him since I rescued him at 1yr old and he is a very smart boy who LOVES to learn. As a result he knows a ton of tricks in addition to his standard obedience and he's clever enough to come up with his own ideas for play that may or may not be what we want him to do! (Because I've taught him to think through problems instead of just responding to rote commands, this is really a great "problem" to have.) This book is also helpful for my 7 year old Golden Retriever rescue who has a totally different personality.

This is by far the best of the books I purchased as it balances intelligent play and training (everything we do with our dogs is a training/teaching moment) with great explanations for those less familiar with training concepts and does not suggest ideas that could be problematic. For Example: a DIFFERENT book I purchased suggested play that I would NEVER teach my dog, such as hiding food in cardboard boxes and teaching your dog to rip the boxes apart to get to the food. Dogs don't understand "just this time" ideas (something Pat Miller talks about) and if I were to teach this particular play, I'd have my dog ripping open any box that came into the house!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Hall on November 2, 2009
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I've been a fan of Pat Miller's training philosophy for years and have read all her books. This one provides an interesting insight into the different play styles of dogs. The NFL buys ads to remind parents that their kids need an hour of play a day, this book reminds us that dogs and dog owners of any age can benefit from playing as well. It's an easy read so it won't take much time away from playing with your dog.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Andrews on October 11, 2009
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It might sound odd to experienced dog owners, but when I adopted my first dog this year, I knew I loved him to pieces, but I didn't know how to really play with him. He doesn't know how to fetch, doesn't chase tennis balls, or frisbees... all the typical dog games I'd seen other people playing with their dogs. I had no idea that some dogs needed to be taught to play fetch!

Pat Miller's book has already been a godsend. I'm playing games with my dog I never would have thought of on my own and my whole family is having a GREAT time!

If you are a new dog owner, or are looking for a gift for a dog owner, I can't recommend this book (or ANY of Pat Miller's books) highly enough. The games are tons of fun for dogs and their humans, and Pat makes it easy for everybody to learn how to play even the more advanced games.

A word about positive reinforcement training - LOVE IT. Love it, love it, love it! Here's why: It works. It's easy. It works. There's NO guilt because there's no harsh "correcting" (ok, there *might* be a little guilt about giving your pup so many treats at first...but only a little). And! It works!
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