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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 1 edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608680185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608680184
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Training Your Dog the Humane Way is a landmark book. Alana Stevenson blends the latest scientific research on who dogs are and what they want, need, and feel with clear instructions for positive, reward-based training. This easy-to-read book is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to have a close and enduring relationship with their best friend. I hope it enjoys global acceptance.”
— Marc Bekoff, PhD, University of Colorado, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Wild Justice, and The Animal Manifesto

“For too many years, dogs have been trained with unnecessarily harsh and combative methods. Training Your Dog the Humane Way is straightforward and easy to read, and it will assist caring dog owners in developing appropriate behavior in a compassionate way that will strengthen the bond between them and their dogs.”
— Lore I. Haug, DVM, MS, CPDT, diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

“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, PhD, author of Pleasurable Kingdom, Second Nature, and The Exultant Ark

“Wags and woofs for Training Your Dog the Humane Way, which educates humans to first be aware of their own behavior, as well as canine behavior and communication, before seeking to shape dogs’ behavior. This approach to training enhances the relationship between human and pet and brings out the best in both species.”
— Dr. Michael W. Fox, veterinarian, syndicated columnist, and author of The Healing Touch for Dogs

“Alana Stevenson’s Training Your Dog the Humane Way is a welcome addition to the chorus of positive dog training. Its beauty lies in Alana’s direct approach. The book is easy to understand and is fueled by Alana’s genuine and obvious love of animals. She emphasizes the importance of educating dogs ‘the right way, the first time,’ which is an invaluable refrain. If more and more people implement her suggestions, more and more dogs, and people, will benefit.”
— Paul Owens, author of The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training

Training Your Dog the Humane Way 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 noted expert in animal behavior. She is a professional dog and cat behaviorist, humane dog trainer, and animal massage therapist. She consults both nationally and internationally and can be contacted through her website for consultations, seminars, and teaching engagements.

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This is a new edition of her other book "the right way the first time", and it's simply WONDERFUL.
Peas on Earth
Rewarding and reinforcing preferred behaviors is the way to train a dog, and Alana Stevenson's book talks you through the steps for training your dog's best behaviors.
M. Heiss
The book begins in the best possible way, by defining positive training and presenting basic key principles of how dogs learn and understand their world.
The Bosun

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keith P. Davitt on May 21, 2011
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I've had dogs most of my life and I made sure they were well trained. My last, beloved golden retriever, for instance, would do whatever I asked, often just by seeing my hand signals. He'd wait in front of a store off leash all day if I told him to stay there. He healed, in the city or the country, under any circumstances. He'd bring me my rolling tobacco on command, he'd lie down and even put his head down on command, he wouldn't look at me when I was eating because I taught him not to but he was not well trained and I wish to God I'd had this book before I ever took it upon myself to train any dog, especially my beloved Golden.

Concise and to the point (this is not one of those books filled with fluff you have to wade through to get to the meat of the matter - this is all meat and it all matters) the book is nothing less than an explanation of how dogs think and learn and how to teach them what you want them to know and do using only positive, and effective methods.

The methods offered are not difficult or time consuming. Anyone can apply them They are sensible and the time and struggle you'll save by applying the straightforward, easily understood techniques offered in this book far out-balance the time and effort you will waste by poor training techniques or no training at all.

If you are going to, or have taken up the responsibility of owning a dog you owe it to yourself, to your dog and to the relationship between you to have, read and apply the knowledge and wisdom of this book. You and your dog will be forever glad you did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Bosun on June 1, 2012
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My initial interest in this book was piqued by the title. The words humane and happy caught my eye at once. I very well remember the time when all dog training books to be found were based on crude dominance and control methods. I flatly rejected such methods then, and I flatly reject them now, because they are unkind, harm one's relationship with one's dogs, and are simply not necessary to achieve a well-behaved dog. I was pleased to find as I read through Training Your Dog the Humane Way that the book lives up to its title. Ms. Stevenson's understanding of and love for animals permeates every page.

The book begins in the best possible way, by defining positive training and presenting basic key principles of how dogs learn and understand their world. These are presented in simple, perfectly clear language with excellent examples and summarized as bulleted points at the end of the chapter. An understanding of these core concepts alone will take one a long way in his/her interactions with dogs.

The second chapter contains the most clearly written, easily understandable explanations of passive training, teaching behaviors, shaping, luring, and active training that I have ever read. I particularly like the section on passive training and training behaviors because I think it is important that we realize that we are training our dogs all the time through our reactions to their various behaviors. Ms. Stevenson clearly explains how many behaviors become problematic due to unintentional reinforcement by the owner, and how we fail to make note of and reward the behaviors that we like. I think that passive training is very important because it can go on throughout the day with very little effort and takes us a long way toward achieving desirable behaviors from our dogs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beth Sopko on June 6, 2011
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Training Your Dog The Humane Way touches on things few dog-training books go near, like training a deaf dog. I've often wondered how it would be possible to train a dog you couldn't use your voice to call! A very important part of this book I also need right now is working out how to get my cats to co-exist peacefully with my dog.

I'll recommend this book to anyone who'll listen; it's the book your dog--and cat--would ask you to read if they could.

The exercises in the book are clearly-presented and make sense; they're presented so that they're easy to teach your dog and for him to follow. A lot of thought is put into explaining the "why" of how a dog thinks and perceives things; this is crucial to bridging the gap between human and dog.

This book is an investment in you and your dog's future together; I wish I had had it years ago. My first dog was a rescued golden retriever who had been taught obedience pretty thoroughly; although she was the perfect beginner's dog, I always felt I failed her because I would remark, "She knows more than I do." I did learn things from her, but she definitely regressed while we had her.

This book can help you learn to communicate with your dog and form a partnership with him; it's totally worth the price.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peas on Earth on May 16, 2011
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I know Alana through her work with animals and fixing problem behaviors in dogs and cats, and she is simply GIFTED. This is a new edition of her other book "the right way the first time", and it's simply WONDERFUL. I happen to have cats (and Alana did magic with my cats!), but I have a few friends with dogs who used her techniques and methods, with amazing successes. I just can't recommend her approach enough! After having met her, every time I see choke collars and people clearly not getting what it is their dog is desperately trying to tell them, I cringe! I wish every pet person would get a brief session with her... I know she also does phone consultations by the way (google her name), highly recommended, if you can't find your specific problem in this book. But if you begin training with this book's method, you'll never need her...
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