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Teach Your Dog 100 English Words : The A+ Dog Training Program for Good Manners and Happy Obedience Paperback – 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Petbridge, LLC (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979709105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979709104
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
First, let me preface this by the disclaimer that I've grown up around dogs all my life, and participated closely in their training with my family and been to several obedience classes that adopted varying techniques.
I got this book primarily because I recently got a puppy who is more dominant and I was interested in her take on the "teaching your dog respect" claims.

It does have some decent basic training advice in it. It gives a ton of different command examples, explains why you need different but similar commands for things like "drop" vs "give" and "stay" vs "wait", but honestly, I found the approach outdated. For example: if your dog eliminates in the house she advocates dragging the dog back there, sticking his nose *near* it (not "in", at least...) and scolding him/her. This is is a seriously outdated training method that does nothing except confused the dog and give them bad associations of you. I am not opposed to corrections, don't get me wrong. However, if you don't catch the dog IN THE ACT, a correction is useless. Especially with a puppy.. they have the attention span of a gnat; they won't understand what you're correcting them about.

Also, while it is a 337pg book, if you download the pdf it is in large type with many graphics and spaces (no clue about the paperback). Another annoyance to me is that she spends about 1/6 of the book suggesting you purchase other things: her other books, other people's books, equipment she recommends, etc. (all of which there are hyperlinks to in the pdf). I appreciated her suggestions, to a degree... but her book was $19, she shouldn't be spending that large of a percentage of it telling me what else to spend money on... There was a lot of "this is important, but I'm not going to go into detail here. Buy this book.
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I am adding this review simply because the other review gives it a one star based on the weird pricing. I agree with her - weird thing going on with Amazon. I got the same deal on author's website as earlier this year couldn't even find copy on Amazon. To review the book itself - it's great! Some of the advice is contrary to things previously learned (now unlearning) in various obedience courses at pet stores and such. We've had several dogs, right now have 2 and these tips are working well for us. They are both larger,active dogs and we have been complimented on their behavior. I can assure you that I do not have loads of time to work on this as a busy mom who works part-time. Nonetheless, we have seen great improvement in our dogs and enjoyment of them with improved behaviors. We are still introducing new commands and it's going well. The techniques are also easy for our young daughters to follow through with which leads to great consistency - the key.
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I was a little disappointed with this book. The training methods seem reasonable-no problem there. But the author's obsession with every single thing in the universe being a mortal threat to your dog, you almost need to be on Xanax just to read it without having a panic attack.

(Don't spay too early or it'll get cancer....for heaven's sake don't spray your dandelions or you'll kill your dog....don't leave kitchen appliances laying around where they could fall off the counter, hit your dog in the head and kill it...commercial dog food is no better than poison...)

And my biggest peeve: According to Ms. Welton, if you have a job, you can't own a dog. Period.

I'll read the training parts, but her care advice is over the top, paranoid, and way too heavy on the guilt.
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first, this is 19$ on authors website so to pay 2 and 3 times that on amazon is crazy.
and crazy is what this book is. all the right beginning thoughts and ideas are there but then KABOOM.
it explodes in sheer ridiculousness.
dont let ms welton scold you - "teaching" a dog IS a type of training. Putting down everything and everyone else to make yourself seem right doesnt make what you are saying/doing right.
there are many methodologies and not all are good - or bad. some, yes, but mostly all run along the same principle and understanding a dogs mind work is what is behind most of them.
there is NO ONE RIGHT WAY. there are better ways of course. this is NOT it.
ms welton scolding all dog owners into fear and submission and her obsessive no no no to all humans is counter productive to having a wonderful companion and furriends. Even for those of us who work, ms welton - which is most of us. what an archaic thought. keep the dog well entertained and happy while gone and enjoy time together when home. no brainer. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A DOG!
and of course we want them to be well behaved, but she goes to extremes in her behaviours and actions. there are sooooo many better books on teaching and training - both useful and needed concepts. (puppy primer, family friendly dog training among two )
ENJOY your dog - DONT mistreat it, yank at it, yell, etc. DO teach/train in a positive manner. yes, they are like perpetual 2-5 year olds. they need love, praise, encouragement. sometimes a no. NEVER much more than that. punishing w/squirts and hoses and ANY type of fear to behave is NOT respect.
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