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So Your Dog's Not Lassie: Tips for Training Difficult Dogs and Independent Breeds Paperback – March 4, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st edition (March 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062734571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062734570
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this well-written, easy-to-follow dog training manual, authors Fisher and Delzio provide gentle, humorous advice for training "hard to train dogs." They outline specific training disorders and motivational techniques that will work with many breeds of dogs, and they advise common sense, patience, and diligence, especially when working with animals that were originally bred to display qualities of independence and dominance. Readers will appreciate the encouraging, simple instructions and examples, the humorous anecdotes, and the easy recipes for baking training treats. The book will appeal to dog owners frustrated by previous training attempts, and even those interested in training for show purposes. Kathleen Hughes

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"If you're frustrated and about ready to give up on the "perfect dog" you adopted several months ago, don't pack it in without first perusing this compelling guidebook." "The Seattle Times"

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It's easy to follow and fun to read.
"malteserus"
The text is also easy to read and the photos of bulldogs and other unusual obedience breeds performing do contribute.
Gunilla Melkersson
I have used many of the training exercises in the book and have found they really work.
Phylla

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Gunilla Melkersson on June 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am a Swedish girl teaching obedience classes and competiting in obedience. My ever-growing library of American dog training books started with this book. I stumbled across it one happy day searching for a new book to help me further on the way to making my Icelandic sheepdog (a spitz breed) Swedish Obedience Champion. I fell in love with the cover within two seconds and the contence was even better. Since then I have bought many more dog training books, with the help from "customers reviews" here on Amazon.com. I have books from the Monks, Kilcommons, Karen Pryor, Ian Dunbar, Morgan Spector, Terry Ryan, "everyone", but you know what? This is still my favourite! And, of course, it was a great help for us. She has her title now.
It may not be exactly what the ordinary dog owner (not too interested in training) is looking for, but it's absolutely perfect for someone like me, wanting to convince my free-thinking, independent dog that training for obedience competition is fun.
The book is packed with great information. It convinces you that you must BOTH be your dog's boss (without physical confrontation, of course) AND "give fat pay checks to the reluctant worker". The text is also easy to read and the photos of bulldogs and other unusual obedience breeds performing do contribute. If I could give it 10 stars, I would.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By S. McFarland on October 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the first training book I've owned that really translated into results with my dog. My dog isn't a "difficult" breed (she's a border collie mix), but she is highly energetic and distractable. Most books tell you "do this and your dog will respond this way." My dog rarely did what the book said she would. "So Your Dog's Not Lassie" instead gives detailed troubleshooting, covering a bunch of different dog reactions. With the book's help I've *finally* gotten her to stop pulling on the leash when we walk. She is 9 years old. This is a real accomplishment. I have a much better understanding of the need to get her attention (there's an excellent chapter called "Earth to Dog") and how that is the key to making our training work. This book made me excited about learning and working with my dog again. I recommend it highly.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
Perhaps living with many dogs which are allowed certain permissions, such as sleeping on the bed, but with rules, has allowed the authors certain insights that I have not seen elsewhere.
I have a golden retriever, which should be classified as highly trainable. After reading many behavior books, nothing was really working. The authors explained that this is because first you must deal with the dominance issue.
The authors are very specific in what your actions mean to your dog, which you would never guess on your own. I found our family was making many mistakes even though it was obvious we had a dominance problem. Another insight was that the dog knew exactly what we were asking for; when he didn't respond, he had his own reasons.
This book clearly shows what your dog wants for rewards and is great fun to read. I learned that what dogs want for motivation for learning is no different than any of us humans.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to get some advice on how to train my airedaleterrier. (not much about terriers in it) It's good points are: it understands that your dog doesn't live to please. It explains what characterizes the dominant and independent dog. This is excellent. On the downside: not very good photos inside the book. This book is very focused on bulldogs. The author tends to get into a lot of details about how she trained her own bulldogs, lots of personal comments about her dogs etc that I could have done without.
The training method is nothing new, she relies on positive reinforcement using food, which is good, but you can get the same info on training in lots of other dog books. This book is recommended for trying to understand your dog's unique personality, not for the training exercises.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By clothier@telenet.net on October 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
Unlike so many other training titles, So Your Dog's Not Lassie is founded on a respect for dogs and their individual personalities, and a deep interest in the development of a strong relationship between handler and dog. The authors's philosophy: "Owners who will be successful with their independent dog dispense with the common mind set that they are the master and their dog is the slave. Instead, they know that respect and accommodation must go both ways." Fisher & Delzio emphasize making learning fun and relevant from the dog's perspective. This book will help anyone convince their dog that there is a good and pleasant rationale behind your training requests while simultaneously strengthening and enhancing the dog/owner relationship. Humane and sensible, the training methodology is totally congruent with the philosophy espoused - a rare find in dog training books. If this book has a failing, it is in the subtitle. While aimed at handlers of difficult or independent breeds, So Your Dog's Not Lassie is eminently suitable for training any dog of any breed. This humorous, well written and informative book is notably fluff free, and one that readers - both professionals & novices - will refer back to time and again. Highly recommended!
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