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Product Details

  • Series: Howell reference books
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (January 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876054718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876054710
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

""Carol Lea Benjamin is the finest writer about dogs we have today."" ?Job Michael Evans, former Monk of New Skete and author of the best-selling ""How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend""

""Dog Training in 10 Minutes"" is Carol Lea Benjamin's dog-training book for the 1990s, geared specifically for people short on time but long on intention. Chapters cover: How to Know What Your Dog Is FeelingTeaching via Praise and CorrectionThe Bare Minimum (Sit; Give Your Paw; Housetraining; How to Stop Your Dog from Pulling)Ten Secrets of Problem CorrectionTen Ways to PlayThere's even a ""Ten Minute Work-Out"" to do before leaving your dog alone?a great way to calm and satisfy your dog. With its down-to-earth style, practical advice and emphasis on the dog-owner relationship, ""Dog Training in 10 Minutes"" is sure to follow in the wildly successful paw prints of Carol's other books: ""Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog: Surviving Your Dog's Adolescence; Second Hand Dog: How to Turn Yours into a First-Rate Pet; Dog Problems; Dog Tricks (with Captain Arthur Haggerty); Dog Training for Kids""; and ""The Chosen Puppy: How to Select and Raise a Great Puppy from an Animal Shelter""
A Howell Dog Book of Distinction

About the Author

CAROL LEA BENJAMIN is a professional dog trainer with over twenty years of experience with all kinds of dogs. Besides her award-winning dog-training books, she is the author of two novels, four nonfiction books for children and a new mystery, This Dog for Hire, published by Walker and Company.

More About the Author

When she was a little girl, Carol's mother was hoping she'd become the next Shirley Temple because she had naturally curly hair. It was a curious wish because Carol couldn't hold a tune, act or dance. What Carol wanted, from as far back as she could remember, was to become a dog trainer and a writer. After trying several other things along the way, teaching school, working as a private investigator, typing the same letter over and over for a charity, she finally did get both her wishes. Her books have won many fans and many awards, for which she is extremely grateful. But most satisfying is that she has been able to help dogs behave better, get smarter and be more fun for their people and that she has been able to mine what her mother used to call her "overactive imagination" and tell stories for people to read after - or instead of - a hard day's work. She still can't sing, dance or act, but some few people think she can write and she maintains this illusion herself.

Customer Reviews

It's easy to read and fun to read.
Amazon Customer
This book is a must-have for a new dog owner, especially if you haven't owned a dog in a while and want to teach the basics.
East Coast Girl
I agree that "positive" methods are misguided and not as scientific as most +R trainers constantly claim they are.
Lee Charles Kelley

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130 of 133 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
My dog, Rascal, is, indeed, a rascal. First impressions can be deceiving, and Rascal deceived me. At the shelter, he calmly gazed at me with the biggest, brownest set of puppy eyes. He looked so sad, and I'm a sucker for the underdog, people or animals. No one wanted him. Week after week, the shelter brought him back again. No one was interested in this calm little white and brown terrier. So I brought him home to love him and live happily ever after.
The first day I let him out alone into my fenced in back yard, he jumped the fence, and bounded down the street in a raging snow storm. I found him. I was also late for work. He also decided that carpeted basements were a good place to relieve himself. That is when I went out and got Ms. Benjamin's book. I don't want to train dogs. I want them to behave. I want to train the dog now and I want it to take.
My Rascal no longer jumps fences. Ms. Benjamin taught me to give Rascal praise when he comes in the house when I call. He loves being praised for coming in so much that he doesn't think about going out and exploring any more. The author also taught me to hold his head in my hands for one minute and tell him what I think of his relieving himself on my carpet. Then I let him think about it for a half hour alone in my kitchen. He thinks twice now about misbehaving.
We also learned some fun things. I cannot get him to howl as the author suggests (he rarely even barks). But he will sneeze on command, and I've only had the book for a couple of weeks. I am teaching him to scour the house for treats I have hidden so I can get busy doing other things. A busy dog is a happy dog.
For anyone who wants to train a dog easily and fast, using a method that is practical and down to earth, I highly recommend this book.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Carol Lea Benjamin's dog books are for the average person who wants a well behaved house pet. Nothing fancy, just straight and to the point. Her training methods are easy to apply and neither the dog or it's master are confused about the expected outcomes. I liked it enough, that I am buying another book by the same author. BT
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lee Charles Kelley on March 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I like Carol Lea Benjamin. Back in the 1980s, when I first became interested in dog training, and the alpha theory still held sway, she was the least brutal of the popular dominance mavens of the time. (i.e., "How hard should you hit your dog? If she doesn't yelp in pain, you haven't hit her hard enough." -The Monks of New Skete.) Since those days Benjamin has become a mystery novelist, and I really liked her first foray into detective fiction. (See my review of THIS DOG FOR HIRE.) I also share some of her antipathy for the methods espoused by so-called positive trainers. As a result I'm hesitant to write a negative review of this book.

So I'll start by saying there are good bits or advice sprinkled here and there, like not giving a pup more freedom than he can handle, or that more vigorous daily exercise means less nervous tension. Or the idea that aggression is usually the result of excess tension (which is partially true; it's based on fear). And I have to tell you that many of Benjamin's training exercises are very, very good ones. But unfortunately, readers are told repeatedly that it all comes down to showing the dog that you're alpha. How do you deal with an aggressive dog? "You must become alpha." Over and over she says this kind of thing. But given the recent evidence showing that wild wolves don't really form dominance hierarchies, that the pack is actually more of a cooperative society than was previously believed, it's hard to know how and why Carol Lea Benjamin would still be hanging onto this ridiculous, bone-dead belief. As a result of her alpha mindset there's a streak of meanness throughout this and, come to think of it, throughout all her training books.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By snipe on March 23, 2002
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Although the book is well-written and entertaining to read I really didn't find that it taught me anything new. It *was* helpful in reminding me some of the fundamentals about dog training, and really kicked me in the [head] to *constantly* positively reinforce, no matter how unimpressive a command the dog is following, but overall, I don't think any major revelations were achieved. Some interesting thoughts, and probably worth the money if you're a brand new dog owner with no prior experience with them, but I doubt someone with past dog experience would get as much out of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Coppin on September 12, 2010
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This book was listed as a resource by PetCo. I was not satisfied with more recent books that were available in my local bookstore. They were too "chatty" with other things. I wanted a straight forward book that explained "this is the command" and how to train for it. This book is meeting my needs very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on May 4, 2008
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Either this is the perfect simple book for first time dog owners, or I have a really awesomely smart dog. Or BOTH. I got this when i got my first dog (still got her) 10 yrs ago. There are basics here that sadly many veteran dog owners have never figured out. simple syllables. Eye contact. Canine hierarchy, Dog mindset. My dog responded well to 90 percent of what I learned... er, I mean taught her. Its concise and direct. I've given it as a gift on more than one occasion.
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