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Behavior Problems in Dogs Paperback – December 1, 1998
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Some books were far too general, a few (fortunately very few) actually contained bad or poor advice ... most were reasonably good & useful ...
But by far ... this is the best we have come across ...
The author makes no pretence at offering quick or instant solutions ... in the first few chapters and without emotional tangents (we all think our dogs understand us *laughs*) he takes the reader through the psychology and mindset of a dog, ... it becomes very clear that the author believes a dog cannot be effectively trained simply by rote, punishment or treats ... but through a process of learning to understand their true nature and positive healthy reinforcement ...
But what makes the most difference is that ... the author is prepared, without fear of alienating his readers, to require dog owners to delve into their own psychology and inner nature ...
This approach makes the book all the more useful ... it made me realise the futility of trying to train our dogs, without first considering how I might be affecting them, with my behaviour and reactions (conscious & subconscious) ... I was asked to consider how my own understanding or lack ... might be causing or contributing to the dogs' good as well as bad behaviour ... The book also provides useful case studies and plenty of practical advice.
It does require a little more concentration than one would normally devote to the reading of a pet training book ... but the effort is well worth it ... any dog owner, new and experienced will benefit ...
That said, the very strong "pros" of this book are:
(a) one of his first tasks is to explain how dogs perceive the world (and, thereby, show why they don't instinctively understand people!);
(b) he speaks in terms of "leadership" instead of "dominance";
(c) he does not compare dogs to wolves or human children -- they are neither!;
(d) he very importantly points out that almost every dog "misbehavior" is due to frustration, and that a dog's basic temperament will determine how it responds to this frustration (outward or inward); and
(e) his solutions are practical, humane, and focused on altering the cause, not punishing the effect.
The "minuses" include:
(a) poor presentation of his methods;
(b) criminal lack of proofreading;
(c) some unfortunate outdated terminology (I cringed at every use of the term "correction");
(d) presentation of his "pet" issues of a high-protein diet, and treatment of hyperkinetic dogs.
The buyer should also know that he expects you to have trained your dog basic obedience, as he uses basic commands in some of his solutions.
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Recommended this book for me. He said it's referenced as the dog training bible. This is an amazing book to have if you have a show dog! 5 stars for sure!Published 7 months ago by Jill B.
Great read. Filtered with some common sense and it can be very helpful.Published 17 months ago by David
If you like Campbell then you'll like this book.I have several of them. worth every cent.. Lots of good useful info .Published on February 21, 2014 by Geekinhiemer
This book contained cutting edge information in 1975 but has not been updated. It's information is useful to someone unfamiliar with dog behavior but is too general to be useful in... Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by John A. Lefcourte
This is a classic dog training tomb -- a little outdated but a valuable read none-the-less. It belongs on every trainer's bookshelf!Published on April 20, 2013 by Skip
Not much value here. Countless pages spent discussing food, drugs, health issues all possible contributing factors leaving the reader with too much information, unfocused... Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by Niall Sheehan
Campbell is a well known and respected positive trainer of dogs. This book is a must have primer on the subject with entertaining illustrations and easy to read instructions to the... Read morePublished on January 29, 2009 by Ms. Brenda K. Christiansen