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Aggression in Dogs: Practical Management, Prevention & Behaviour Modification Paperback – October 1, 2004
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There are standards in the world...Campbell's on soup, Bud on beer and now, Aloff on aggression. Almost every dog training book I've ever read has provided me with some gem, or at least some tidbit, I can use. This book, however, is the mother lode. If you need to understand aggression, Aggression in Dogs is the book for you! --Missy Parker, RVN, President, National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors
This book is a must have for all trainers, kennel personnel, veterinarians and support staff. Not just for aggressive animals, Aggression in Dogs is an excellent reference tool for anyone interested in understanding canine behavior and the prevention of aggression. The protocols are field-proven effective. --Robert Wenzel, DVM
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To sum it up, I would recommend the purchase of this book for the interested reader, just be prepared to sit down and devote quality time to reading the book and learning the system of training the author has put forth. Unfortunately, my life right now is just too complicated to really give this book the time it deserves. I hope in the near future to have a little more free time to carefully read the book, absorb the information, and begin to implement it with my own dog.
I do agree with "Dennis in Michigan's" review that this is a book you need to focus on while you read it. But if you want to understand and treat aggression in your dog, I think you do have to really understand the complex concepts she shares in the book. This may be why other books on the subject are less helpful - they water it down too much. If you are already having issues with your dog or trying to help someone else who is, you know that it just is not that simple. Do yourself a favor - skip the other books and spend your time reading this one.
I've seen Brenda Aloff twice in person, presenting some of the concepts in her books to a group. Her practical approach is great, and I've seen her methods work on several dogs in these presentations - with the dog's owner implementing them. She has real experience helping dogs with serious aggression issues and is not the type of trainer that picked out the best, well-adjusted dogs to have as her own showpieces -- you can tell she speaks from the experience of actually living with dogs that have had these types of issues.
If you read this book, you will likely be far ahead of the trainers in your area on the topic of aggression unless you are extremely lucky to have this talented a trainer near you (and I say that as a trainer myself). Trainers, read this for practical and sound advice you can give to your clients.
The book is a commitment. With over 400 pages of detailed information, it is a lot to take in. Do not expect to breeze through it on an afternoon's reading. The detailed information is truly necessary to successfully modify behavior. There are helpful exercises for you to do to get a better understanding of your dog and know what his/her triggers are. I took notes while reading the book and they have been invaluable. The author does use abbreviations throughout the book, but I didn't find it bothersome. If you forget what something is you can quickly look it up in the glossary. As for formatting and editing, yes, both could be better. I did notice more errors than I usually do while reading, however, they are not serious enough to make it unclear what the author is saying. The layout may not be as aesthetically pleasing as I would like, but is consistent and easy to follow. Chapter beginnings are not in columns, but the rest of the chapter does have columns. I choose this book for its excellent content, not its format and edited qualities.Read more ›
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What a great book! Packed with information. I have been unofficially training dogs for 30 years and wish I had read this book when i first started. Read morePublished 2 months ago by annrki
Great book with much insight and practical steps to take with problem dogs, any dogs really. Wish I had this book right off when we got our problem child with the Jekyll and Hyde... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Iggymom
This is one of the best resources I have come across for different forms of aggression in dogs. I foster dogs and you never know the whole story when they come into your house. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Delaney