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Product Details

  • Series: Howell reference books
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876057423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876057421
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

As any parent knows, adolescence is the most challenging part of raising a child. However, as Carol Lea Benjamin proves in "Surviving Your Dog's Adolescence," illustrative cartoons, pertinent case studies, and good advice can certainly make that challenging age easier to handle.

As a professional dog trainer, Benjamin focuses her advice on positive training techniques designed to help both parent and teen through the tumultuous adolescent period. Many of her insights are portrayed through the eyes of a canine, and help to illustrate the types of thoughts entertained by the teen dog. These range from the dog who responds to his owner's calls of "Come" with "When Pigs Fly," to the dog who demonstrates his tenacity by staking out a mole hill with a flag that says "Never Say Die." Also included are techniques for effective training, guidelines for appropriate dog-owner relationships, and tips for dealing with specific dog "problems." Case studies of real-life dogs offer substantial evidence to back up Benjamin's recommendations.

A must-read for any owner of an adolescent dog, "Surviving Your Dog's Adolescence" can help any parent understand the teen dog and help to provide guidelines that result in a rewarding relationship for both dog and owner. --Jennifer Pugh

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Lest any dog owner think thorough puppy-training sufficient to ensure happily-ever-after canine camaraderie, the author of the puppy-training classic Mother Knows Best pinpoints a trouble spot in doggie development. At anywhere between five and 10 months of age, warns Benjamin, the typically "underemployed" family dog will hit adolescence, and even a previously obedient dog may become "bratty," "moody" and easily distracted. The language here may be anthropomorphic, but Benjamin quickly goes on to offer sensible solutions to a legitimate set of canine behavior problems. She bases her training on the well-known model whereby the owner assumes the so-called Alpha role in the "pack"; while she has explained her theories and methods in previous books, and while most of her strategies for "winning your dog's respect" are more explicitly discussed in her colleague Job Michael Evans's People, Pooches and Problems , her focus on the adolescent dog is unique and her insights about general training are stimulating. The tone is chatty and the pace leisurely--which may reassure those in need of sympathy and aggravate others who want to get down to business. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

When she was a little girl, Carol's mother was hoping she'd become the next Shirley Temple because she had naturally curly hair. It was a curious wish because Carol couldn't hold a tune, act or dance. What Carol wanted, from as far back as she could remember, was to become a dog trainer and a writer. After trying several other things along the way, teaching school, working as a private investigator, typing the same letter over and over for a charity, she finally did get both her wishes. Her books have won many fans and many awards, for which she is extremely grateful. But most satisfying is that she has been able to help dogs behave better, get smarter and be more fun for their people and that she has been able to mine what her mother used to call her "overactive imagination" and tell stories for people to read after - or instead of - a hard day's work. She still can't sing, dance or act, but some few people think she can write and she maintains this illusion herself.

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After reading this book, I bought another one for a friend with a new dog.
Jene
I've recommended this book to many puppy owners over the years and have found it to have some really good reminders for myself when dealing with dogs who are teenager.
coffeegirl
I found this quite helpful we have used a number of training techniques from this book.
Tami Jo Klopf

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2001
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I'm not sure why one reviewer said this book used negative methods for dog training such as alpha rolls and scruff shaking, because I saw neither mentioned in the book. The author does recommend "a quick pop followed by an immediate release" when using a leash to train, but this is a perfectly sensible and harmless way of getting the dog's attention.
The author continually emphasizes the importance of praise, praise, and more praise in teaching your dog the proper way to behave, and her methods really live up to the "positive" claim in the title. This is a very reader-friendly book as well. The writer presents her information in an easy-to-read and often humorous format, all the while providing sound advice. I highly recommend this book as both human and dog friendly!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Benjamin leaves an indelible mark on the understanding of dogs with this work that recognizes that the time between puppyhood and adulthood is not limited to us humans. The excellent methodology outlined in this text denotes a person with an uncommon insight into the minds and behavior of dogs. The techniques described in the book are both helpful and thorough - follow them and you will get the job done. This is not a book for those who would build a relationship between a dog and the liver snaps in their pocket. It is a book for those who want to enjoy a warm relationship between themselves and their dogs. It DOES NOT recommend alpha rolls in shape or form.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Ferguson on February 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
12 years ago, I remember sitting on my bed in tears. My adorable Golden Retriever puppy had hit a point where she was really hard to handle, and I felt overwhelmed-- like a failure as a dog owner! I knew I needed some good advice, and I ended up finding this book at the library.

It was incredibly helpful, reassuring, and positive. Needless to say, my Golden eventually grew into a lovely, kind, and affectionate dog. This book helped us get through a rocky point in our relationship, and I am really greatful to Carol Lea Benjamin for helping me to handle this stage of my best friend's development effectively/helping me to understand my dog better.

A year after reading this book, I adopted an elderly Irish Setter. Benajamin's book "Secondhand Dog" was helpful to us.

If you like the Monks of New Skete and Brian Kilcommons you will find Carol Lea Banjamin's approach to be slightly different (but similar) and very helpful. You may also want to check out Patricia McConnell's humane, wise dog books (The Other End of the Leash, Beginning Family Dog Training, etc.).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2002
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I found this book highly interesting and helpful. It gives practical training tips in ways the new dog owner can understand and easily put into practice... There is absolutely no negative training in this book. It all focuses on the positives of relationship, describing and teaching language a dog can understand. I found it extremely helpful. I would highly recommend it to any current or prospective dog owner.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By citywulf on May 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is important for two very strong reasons: 1) it alerts dog owners everywhere that their dogs have a teenage stage; and 2) it counters the newly-prevelant ideas that training is 100% positive and you can avoid corrections completely.
I am an advocate of using the friendliest and most positive methods available. BUT, a whole generation of children was raised by parents who were permissive, and look how that turned out. Yes, you sometimes have to tell your dog (especially when they hit adolescence) no!
That said, I can't give it an all-out endorsement because I don't totally agree with it. I don't think you should rely on collar corrections for non-leash work. "Put on the collar and correct the dog for this, that, and the other." If the naughty behavior is occuring off-lead, you need to find an off-lead deterrent. Also, she is a bit limited in her options. By discarding everything reward trainers do, she overlooks some good advice. So, this book isn't the end-all be-all. BUT, the message that your bratty teen needs some structure and leadership is so important, and so lacking in most modern materials, that it's worth the read.
P.S. Absolutely nowhere in this book does the author advocate alpha rolls or scruff shakes or any other physical reprimand. Don't know where that reviewer was coming from.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1998
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An excellent analysis of problem dog behaviors and training methods for overcoming them, aimed toward younger dogs but appropriate for all ages. The author correlates breed type and original function with the particular sorts of mischief the dog may get into, and explains what to do to redirect the dog's energy and attention into positive activities. Especially helpful for first-time dog owners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly O'neill on July 10, 2009
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I purchased this book when my first Golden Retriever, Bailey, reached adolescent in 1994 and found it invaluable. She went on to get her CD in obedience and NA in agility, became a therapy dog and lived a wonderful 15-1/2 years. Now my new Golden, Riley, just turned 7 months so I got the book down to re-read it. It's just as helpful now as it was then. I'd forgotten all the "fun" of adolescence, but now I'm prepared and can catch some of these before they become real problems. If there were more stars to give this book, I would easily give it 10.
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