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You Can Teach Your Dog to Eliminate on Command Paperback – June, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0961764906 ISBN-10: 0961764902
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Breeders would do well to give copies with each puppy they sell -- Maxwell Riddle Dog World Magazine

Your success with this method might seem like a miracle, but it will be only natural. So universally needed" -- Bill Koehler Chief Animal Trainer at Disney Studios --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dr. Marjorie Smith received her undergraduate and medical degrees at Northwestern University and at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She has also served as president and chairman of the board of the Foundation for Applied Studies of Animal Behavior and was the founder of the Shepherd House Dog Training Facility in Chicago. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 83 pages
  • Publisher: Smith-Sager Pubns (June 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961764902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961764906
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By henryraddick@hotmail.com on September 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
Smith and Stybbard have written a gem in this book. It's certainly helped me to take control of my dog's idiosyncratic toilet habits. My pug Grendel now dances to my tune, be it on walks, in the garden or merely impressing friends and family. A word of caution - take care when choosing your "command words" and "smart phrases" to avoid words your dog is likely to hear on the television. It took 4 episodes of Ali McBeal before I realised that my "full evacuation" command was in the theme song.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 14, 2003
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I was a bit skeptical when I read the previous reviews for "Eliminate on Command." I wasn't sure if these folks were "for real" or just joking about the book. Before I could read the book the evening of the day I received it, my hubby grabbed it and read it through in one sitting. I thought, "Fine, I'll read it tomorrow." He immediately began the training process, which is used on the dog's everyday, normal walks, and my hubby explained to me what we must do with an agreed upon "command" or "trigger word" for our precious Yorky's elimination. I followed through with the same command. Since she already understood the word "potty," we selected "potty-go," which fit into the category of a two or three syllable command. "...[T]he entire training time needed to accomplish your goal is less than five minutes during the entire week," (p. 9).
After only four days (while I read the book!), Abigail obeyed my hubby's command by immediately squatting and doing her business! I was stunned at the rapidity of the learning process/conditioning. PPC ("Piddle and Poop on Command," or "Positive Potty Control"), works well for a dog of 6 weeks or above. However, there are a few things which must be remembered. The command and praise must be used while the dog is eliminating, and this should be done for about 7 days--the command or trigger word being used approximately 50 to 75 times. But after the dog obeys the trigger word, the command should be used a few times each week only. Dr. Smith emphasizes that one should not over-use the command once the dog is trained.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
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This works not just for training the dog to eliminate on owner's time table, but works for other training. You should stock it. No one should have to wait for a book that so easily solves a problem.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2003
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While it can be hugely convenient to put your dog's elimination on cue, beware of a potential down side. I trained my dog to do this, and now she thinks she has to wait for the command before she's allowed to go. She'll hold it to the point of exploding before she'll go without the command.
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