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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Training With A Heart; illustrated edition edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979459907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979459900
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,124,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alana Stevenson has done a fabulous service to dogs and their guardians. She knows how a dog's mind works, and her clear advice and positive approach make training rewarding for both canine and human." --Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., author of Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good

"The Right Way the First Time does an excellent job of meeting client needs and trainer goals. The book is both savvy and accessible." --Association of Pet Dog Trainer's Newsletter, Book Review

"The Right Way the First Time: Teaching Your Dog Kindly and Humanely is beautifully written and has great content for discerning and naive dog owners." --William E. Campbell, author of Behavior Problems in Dogs, The New Better Behavior in Dogs, and Dog Behavior Problems: The Counselor's Handbook

About the Author

Alana Stevenson is a Professional Dog and Cat Behaviorist and humane Dog Trainer. She has an M.S. in Biology with a focus in Education. She is a professional member of the Animal Behavior Society, Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and the International Institute for Animal Massage and Bodywork. Alana Stevenson espouses humane, gentle, and effective methods for teaching dogs that are based on science and how animals learn; through kindness and benevolent leadership.

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Many techniques in this book are easy to implement.
Adam Kelliman
You can tell that Alana Stevenson knows what she is doing and loves what she is doing.
Jean
Her love and genuine understanding truly shine in her words.
Mary Alnutt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Haun on January 28, 2009
I read this book at the Library, and thought it well worth purchasing.
it is strongly endorsed by PETA and highly thought of by The Humane Society of The United States also, and I am a Member of both organizations.
The principles contained in this book are well documented to be both kind to Animals and effective, and I highly recommend it to anyone who plans to have or has a Animal Companion.
Thank You for reading.
Gary
Tampa
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jean on February 7, 2008
This is a wonderful book. I have been looking for a dog training book that is easy to follow, shows a thorough understanding of canine behavior and uses only positive reinforcement techniques. This book is it! It not only includes all of the above, it also includes a large dose of love, compassion and humor. You can tell that Alana Stevenson knows what she is doing and loves what she is doing. The language is simple and clear. I have learned so much about how dogs see the world which helps me actually enjoy training and not get so frustrated. And, best of all, the techniques work! I would recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Alnutt on February 24, 2009
What an excellent book! I have worked with dogs for many, many years, but I have learned things from this book that I haven't even thought of before. Alana makes you really see things from the dog's perspective. You find yourself realizing that you've been doing certain things wrong all along to which you hadn't really given a lot of thought.
This is a positive and delightful outlook on training dogs. Her love and genuine understanding truly shine in her words.
I would recommend this book to anyone just starting out, or for someone like me who just thought they knew it all, but needed a little boost! She really made me stop and think!
This is also a book that speaks for today's world. It is updated and current, not something from ten years ago repeating the same tricks that we've all heard for years.
Her approach is fantastic and inspiring. There is even a true story at the end that will bring you to tears as well as warm your heart.
She gives lots of tid bit about helpful snacks to buy, other books that she recommends, and guidance on finding a good trainer of your own.
I am quite impressed with the powerful punch this little book packs!
5 stars all the way!
Mary Alice Alnutt
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julia Kaufman on January 24, 2009
I wish this was the first dog training book I read when I adopted my two dogs. Now we have 6 dogs all adopted from shelters and I've done so many things wrong. I've read a few other training books and most made suggestions that just didn't sit right, and also didn't work. I implemented the suggestions in this book. Jumping has stopped and my dogs relate to me better since I've changed my body language around them and praise them for behavior I like. They look at me more and seem so much happier now that I've changed my approach.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy B. on June 6, 2008
I work with shelter dogs and recommend this book to other volunteers and owners alike. The methods are completely positive, easy to follow, and fun for the dog and handler. This is a must have book for owners and shelters. Nancy B.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Hyde on February 3, 2009
Alana knows her stuff! Not only has she taught others to embrace such a humane and positive manner of dog training, she is also a wealth of knowledge all around when it comes to the animal community! A fabulous book and a true expert in her field!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Drake Taylor on January 30, 2009
this is a wonderful book for those who truly love and respect their pets. I have a Jack Russell Terrier who has been very responsive to the use of this helpful guide. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to better the lives of their pets! A+!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Porch on January 29, 2009
If you value your relationship with your canine and want him/her to be well-behaved as well as psychologically well-adjusted, read this book. This author understands that dogs are never "bad" or "stubborn" - the problems arise when we fail to understand how dogs think and learn. Dogs love their humans and want to fit in as loving members of a family, and this author's goal is to help one acheive this in a kind and loving way that does not cause dogs anxiety and fear. Each clear and concise chapter is followed by a nice summary of the most important points, and there is helpful information on how to identify and choose a trainer who is positively oriented. The book also contains helpful appendices with brief information regarding deaf dogs, undesirable training techniques, food treats and edibles, and helpful links and resources to be found in print and on the web. It's an excellent book for beginners and a good read for those already familiar with positive dog training and the basic principles of how dogs learn. I highly recommend it.
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