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The Natural method of Dog Training Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1969


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Award; Mass Market Paperback edition (1969)
  • ASIN: B009NNY6L4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FarmerWannabe on March 7, 2013
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40 years ago my family used this little volume to assist in training our beagle. Now at a point when it's time to finally bring a dog into my adult family, I was thrilled to be able to find a copy.

Whitney is well qualified in the subject, being a DVM and a researcher into canine nutrition. Based on my own past experience, his methods work, although his take on dog behavior seems dated (he treats the dog as a simple automaton, without any reasoning ability, mostly responding to a simple desire for food). Refreshingly by today's standards, he is not afraid to remind the reader that dogs are not humans, and that a dog needs to behave well if it is to be a member of the household.

An easy read, well illustrated with many photos of a small hunting beagle being trained in the author's home by his secretary... fun to look at just to see a bit of mid-century American life!

The book arrived in excellent physical condition, although I do wish that a pressure-sensitive inventory control sticker had not been put on the book (happily, on the glossy jacket, so I was able to get it and the gummy residue off with a bit of rubbing alcohol).
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I collect dog training books and I bought this one for my collection. As I read it, for the time it was written (1963) there's a lot of good information written in a commonsense way. For instance in Chapter 2 when the author says to do something with your dog to establish a rapport with him/her, seems simple enough, but how many average owners take the time to actually do it.

He goes on to say don't just walk him, get involved in some kind of activity. If he chases a bird, run with him like a pack would. Better advice than being told your dog needs a job. I've read that a number of times and other than retrieving (I have a Lab) or other home tricks, what jobs are they talking about?
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