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Bonding With Your Dog

A Trainer's Secrets for Building a Better Relationship

About the Author

Victoria Schade is an APDT Certified Pet Dog Trainer and owner of Good Dog! Obedience Training. She received a Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America for her training video New Puppy! Now What? and hosts the training segment on the Animal Planet show Faithful Friends.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470409150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470409152
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cat Needham on May 15, 2009
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This is a really great book. It combines basic common-sense strategies to not only train your dog, but to really *bond* with your dog, which is an often overlooked component. Victoria, a professional dog trainer, combines tips along with client-inspired stories that are both humorous and informative. This isn't a rote step by step "how to" type book; it's more of a holistic approach to improving the relationship we have with our dogs. Victoria also reminds us that building the canine-human bond can and should be a lot of FUN! Fast and easy read too.
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I recently purchased "Bonding With Your Dog", by Victoria Shade and I can't say enough good things about it! It is probably one of the most well written and practical manuals on how to achieve optimum performance and happiness with your dog I have ever read. Do you have a problem walking with your dog on leash? Victoria Shade gives you step-by-step instructions as to how to fix it. Not only that, those instructions are something you can put into practice today. Additionally, the bond she is talking about with your dog can extend to your human friends as well. Well, not in walking them but in complimenting and praising what you think is special about them. With this praise, people as well as dogs tend to repeat these behaviors. Kudos to Ms. Shade for writing a book that delivers what we do to unintentionally hurt our bond with our dog and five major, practical ways to work on it. This is a must read for anyone who loves their dog.
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I will begin by saying I loved this book. It's not a training manual per se. It is, in essence, exactly what it says it is: a book about building a bond with your dog. The entire book is rooted 100% in positive ideals. And not only is it rooted in those ideals, but it also does not buy into the dominance myths (in fact, she calls alpha "the dirtiest concept in dog training"). Schade is a clicker trainer and she's proud of it. Like many positive trainers that's not where she began. She began with traditional methods she never quite felt comfortable with and discovered the joys of clicker training when someone suggested she try it in order to teach her dog to roll over (something she was struggling with). The dog picked it up amazingly fast and even more importantly, was joyful about it. She was a convert.

The book is broken down into two main sections.

Part I ("All About the Bond") explores what the bond IS exactly. What does a dog who has a good bond with his human look like? How does he act? And more importantly, she offers up several questions to get you to evaluate your bond with your dog. It also explores how we undermine the bond (everything from punishing a dog when it comes to you instead of rewarding the recall to not spending enough time with your dog to spoiling the dog to the point at which the dog becomes demanding), some body language issues (especially in regard to people believing they are rewarding a dog when the dog clearly is not happy with this "reward"), and the concept of rights vs. privileges (privileges are those things that the dog has to earn; she makes the statement that a lot of dogs run into problems when people believe certain privileges, like having free run of the house when no one is home, is a right and not a privilege).
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I really have enjoyed this book. I have 3 Cavaliers who are very sensitive and submissive. Other training and bonding methods are just too harsh for these guys. This book has enlightened me to techniques that make training a joy for the crew and delightful for me as I can see their "lightbulb" moments when they just get it. The book is great!
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This was well written. We enjoyed it, it was refreshing to read.
Our family recommends it to anyone wanting to understand their dogs better.
We are donating it to our local shelter library. Sometimes people who adopt a new dog need to
understand more about them, as all dogs are different.
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The first couple of chapters are the best. The training information loses a little of its relativity to building relationships so the author could do with spelling out why and how this or that training exercise contributes to building the relationship up. She does look at the human side of the partnership but there could be lots more on this - it is the interesting part. That said this is still a great book to have on the book shelf (and in the e reader).
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This should be required reading for pet parents. It is well written and heartwarming. It doesn't contain many training tips but what is there is great. It's just a very good book to help you bond with your best friend.
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This is one of the better dog training books I read when we got our puppy. Our dog rapidly learned many of the commands presented. As owners, we need to be more committed to her training. This book is all the guidance we need.
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