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Training Your Dog the Humane Way: Simple Teaching Tips for Resolving Problem Behaviors and Raising a Happy Dog Paperback – May 24, 2011
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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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book. Working much better than dominance based trainingPublished 17 days ago by K. Walthall
I gave this to a friend who had just gotten a puppy. She has used her methods and was more than happy with the results.Published on September 18, 2013 by Caroline Sienrukos
I love her approach and have started using this technique already. I just haven't figured out how to use this to combat my dog's hate for bicycles and delivery trucks yet ;)Published on January 30, 2013 by Patricia Haraden
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. Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by M. Heiss