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Product Details

  • Series: Quick & Dirty Tips
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312678223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312678227
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Will lend confidence to inexperienced dog guardians. ... Gets to the heart of frustrating issues and breaks them into manageable chunks. ... Experienced owners and fledging trainers will appreciate how Benal incorporates the science behind dog training ... and introduces many key resources." Library Journal, Oct. 15, 2011.

"Comprehensive and accessible ... Benal's techniques ... are sure-footed and handily summarized. Her explanations clear what otherwise might be stumbling blocks -- common obstacles in human-dog communication or myths about dogs' learning styles." The Bark, Jan./Feb. 2012.

About the Author

Jolanta Benal never had dogs until she was persuaded to adopt a stray in 1998. Now, Jolanta is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and the host of The Dog Trainer's Quick and Dirty Tips for Teaching and Caring for Your Pet, which iTunes named a top podcast of 2009.  She is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and was a founding member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, serving as the first associate editor of its journal, Animal Behavior Consulting: Theory and Practice. Active in the movement to professionalize dog training and behavior consulting and put them on a sound scientific basis, she has studied with the eminent trainer Pat Miller and taken academic courses in canine cognition and learning, as well as regularly attending scientific seminars on behavior and training. Jolanta sees private clients in Brooklyn and Manhattan. 

More About the Author

I'm a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed and the host of The Dog Trainer's Quick and Dirty Tips for Teaching and Caring for Your Pet, which iTunes named a top new podcast of 2009. I'm also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a founding member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and the first associate editor of its journal, Animal Behavior Consulting: Theory and Practice.

Phew! And to think that I used to not like dogs.

Customer Reviews

Loved the book, very straightforward and well written.
DM
The few gripes I have about the book are more about dog books in general, or, perhaps more precisely put, about general dog books.
D. Villalpando
Her book should be mandatory reading for all dog owners.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Villalpando on December 6, 2011
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Jolanta Benal has put together a fine comprehensive book on dog training and behavior. She does a great job of mixing theory and practice, with an eye always to the science behind the methods, and the general great fun it is to live with and train a dog. I am a first time dog owner whose adoptee has caused me any number of headaches and feet that are bloody stumps from all the walking, and I have to say if it weren't for Ms. Benal and her contemporaries who look at things from a scientific perspective, I may well have given up hope on my little guy improving much, or I'd be off with a voodoo doll or something, trying some magical cure for all my ills.

Listeners to her Quick and Dirty Tips podcast will be familiar with much of the material in this book, but it is well organized, and put together in an easily digestible and quickly accessible format, which is very helpful. Those familiar with the podcasts will also feel like they are sitting down with a good friend, whose sincere tones and clever wit are ever present and ready to help. I can't tell you how many times, while reading the book and she is discussing an owner's reaction, I would say "That's me!" or a dog's issue, I would turn to my dog, and say "Hey! She's talking about you!"

As must be the case, the book offers no magical cures and no mystical techniques to solve or communicate with your dog. It offers, rather, a detailed discussion of what dogs actually do, the best we understand about why, and how we can deal with it, modify behavior and understand that dogs are real beings, just like us, and always with a sound, scientific foundation. In addition she discusses all aspects of life with a dog, and the long road to teaching her/him manners, and how to deal with problem issues.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Elliott on November 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. The writing is good (some borderline witty snark, at times, but listeners to her podcast are familiar with this), the information is both experience & science-based, and she does a good job giving the dedicated dog person the tools to create their own solutions. This is not a step-by-step hand-holding book which you can use to look up and fix problems; rather it's got general advice on everything from choosing a dog to where to turn when you feel overwhelmed. There are some step-by-steps in the book as well, but I think the main value of this book is in teaching you how to communicate and teach your own dog. If you're dedicated to teaching your dog, this book is the "teach a man to fish" method that you're looking for.

Unlike many authors, she doesn't ignore the existence of small dogs and she also takes time to mention the frustrations that people can experience while training. She confronts outdated training techniques and myths head-on and without apology and for that alone I applaud this book. Ms. Benal has a habit of pointing out things that should be obvious to everyone but somehow aren't, so in the end she's not convincing you to see things in another way, you're just going with what makes the most sense to you.

For anyone outside of the NYC area, Jolanta Benal is well-known for taking on some of the worst cases of aggression, OCD, etc. She's been "in the trenches" with the worst cases, and based on the references cited in this book, apparently spends the rest of the time reading scientific journal articles. As someone in the sciences myself, I appreciate Ms. Benal for having a science-based approach that has been extensively field tested. Any flak she gets from those still promoting "dominance theory" should be seen in the light of both the science and the results.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stacy B. on September 26, 2013
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I have read more training books than I care to count in dealing with my slightly difficult puppy and this one is head and shoulders above the rest in tone, information, and honest experience with dogs. So many books written by trainers come off as formal and stuffy. This one is honest, smart, and you can tell the author has been incredibly humbled and impacted by her experiences with dogs over the years. The "Quick and Dirty Tips" have been immensely helpful and I imagine the special sections on dealing with small dogs are great for owners of smaller pups. All in all, I would recommend this book over any of the more well known books (Ian Dunbar, Cesar Millan, Victoria Stilwell, etc.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pete the Dog on April 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is incredibly well written and well researched. I love the language, vocabulary, syntax and personal voice of the writer; To be honest, all too rare, in a book of this kind. Fear not; this book does not read like a pre-med text book, with chapters that go on for days. The book is even designed thoughtfully and intelligently, with side bars, call outs and ding-bats, directing the viewer through the dense the information, and making the read enjoyable. I have read the book several times, and purchased more than ten copies for friends who also have dogs; both with behavior issues and without. In addition, there are more up-to-date and viable links and references in this book, than any comparable book, or site that I have consulted. (And, I have looked at many in the 2 years that I have owned my rescue dog.) This book should be a best-seller!

Right away, in the introduction, Ms. Benal personalizes the book, by writing that she has become who she is, as a trainer specializing in behavioral issues through her love and devotion to her own dogs, mentioning specifically, Juniper, (`Juni.') Ms. Benal's web bio, indicates that she also,"...Participates in the Safety Net program of New York City's municipal animal shelter system, working to keep pets in their homes." The supplemental information that Jolanta Benal provides through her weekly pod casts / articles make an owner feel as though we are students of the 'Jolanta Benal School of Dog Behavior and Obedience Training,' for our dog. She includes her own video training, sessions on the site that accompanies the book, and is free! So we 'virtually,' meet / see Yolanta and Juni, working together, and feel that they are our neighbors in Brooklyn, even though I do not live in Brooklyn.

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