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The Dog Trainer's Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet (Quick & Dirty Tips) Paperback – November 8, 2011
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"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.
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Phew! And to think that I used to not like dogs.
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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.Read more ›
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 She confronts outdated training techniques and myths head-on and without apology and for that alone I applaud this book.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.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. It's such an easy read and incredibly helpful. Definitely worth the purchase!!!Published 5 months ago by gemma mathews
Really re-wired my thinking about how to train our adopted dog. I really like a lot of the advise, and have used some of the exercises listed with good results. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Emily
Very interesting and informative. Has helped me begin the training of my Yorkie Poodle cross puppy. Humor is built in so it makes it an easy reading book. I highly recommend it.Published 13 months ago by Mack
Superb book for dog owners - Jolanta Benal ROCKS!!! Clear, understandalbe, with a nice touch of humor.Published 13 months ago by Patricia Miller
This book is written in a nice way..The author shows a caring attitude for her dogsPublished 16 months ago by Sierra Nevada Grandma
This book changed my training style and I saw immediate results. I still refer back to this book (and go to her website) even though my pup is almost a year old. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Loretta4
AUDIENCE: Although pet owners are the target audience, professionals will find themselves recycling her analogies and explanations when talking to clients. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Canis bonus