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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Podium Publications (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966302001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966302004
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jasmin on July 5, 2006
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I found this book not only easy to read, but the authors genuine love and appreciation for her dogs is evident on every page. The information regarding how and why dogs react to emotional energy, body posture, breathing and even eye contact is fascinating, and the training techniques in part 3 are extremely useful. The underlying and best quality about this book is how the fun times and the relationship a person has with their dog is the most important part of dog ownership.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Anderson on October 24, 2006
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This is one incredible book. It is exactly as the title states, Companion to Competition. The book starts out with basic rules or concepts that apply universally to teaching your dog good house manner or competitive obedience. The techniques are foolproof and can be easily incorporated into every day interactions with your dog. I started reading this book when my most recent dog was 8 weeks old. This book has allowed me to achieve a bond and level of trust with my dog that I did not realize was possible. I have read many dog training books and this book is the best by far.

It has now been 7 years since I first read this book and I continue to rely upon it's methods and concepts in training my own dogs. We now compete competitively in varios dog sports and 99% of the trainers/handlers utilize these concept in their training.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Treespiker on April 2, 2013
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This is a great book however it's not for me. I don't really enjoy the writing style and thought it would have had a bit more technical aspects. Reads like a story which is fine just not what I was looking for.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. WEATHERS on July 12, 2006
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I've read many dog training books and this is by far the best. If people could just understand how well positive training works then they could understand why negative punishment isn't the best idea.

I have an BS in psychology and specialized in behaviorism. Positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement is the best way to train. I am not going to say that punishment doesn't work but I think all to often it actually harms the dog. To be the pack leader doesn't mean you beat the dog into submission. To gain respect you have to earn respect and using punishment inspires fear

not respect. Fear makes the dog obey but is that what we really want? for our dogs to fear us?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marbles on November 21, 2013
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Very well written, one of the best dog training books on the market. I'm not a completely positive trainer, however this book is still excellent and not preachy like so many positive training books. Everyone who trains dogs should have this in their library.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gina on December 27, 2007
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This is the best dog training book I have read amongst many, and yet it is so much more. It is a blueprint for a wonderful relationship of understanding with your dog. Written with a sense of humor that really struck my funny bone, it says so much that you can't absorb it all on the first pass. Read it again and again, and then use it for reference. You won't regret it!
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This book was recommended by the German Shepherd breeder whom we bought our puppy from. Not only good training, but explains about the dog from puppy on. You and your dog will be much happier. This book is easy to understand and techniques are simple and WORK. You have a much happier puppy. Even worked with our 8 year old GSD. Positive training only - no snapping of collar, etc. A must have for any dog owner!!!
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Good book, but I don't really believe in never telling a dog no. I believe that you have to build a bond out of positive reinforcement, but at some point you will need to correct in some way. I think of training dogs like raising children, eventually you are going to need to punish your child for doing something wrong...
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