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Owens, founder of Raise with Praise, Inc. and a certified evaluator for the Delta Society's Animal Assisted Therapy Program, has written a good, basic, reasonably priced introduction to dog training based upon rewarding "successive approximations" of correct behavior. Gone are the leash "pop" and harsher corrections of earlier obedience methods. Nonviolent dog training shapes appropriate behavior with rewards such as food and games. Incorrect behavior is punished by ignoring the dog and by verbal cues such as "oh-oh." There are chapters on clicker training, target stick training, and training gear such as collars and leashes; the nine ingredients of canine optimum health (high-quality diet, play, socialization, quiet time, exercise, employment, rest, training, and healthcare); and human-canine communication. How to teach "sit," "stay," "down," "stand," "come," "heel," "take it," and "drop it" are explained step-by-step and illustrated with photographs. For public libraries.AFlorence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"After working for years to expose trainers' cruelty to animals in the production of movies, I applaud a book that encourages the compassion and nonviolence that dogs so richly deserve." -- Bob Barker, Host, The Price Is Right
"This is an important book. Paul Owens offers a powerful voice of nonviolence and a truly enlightening approach to raising and training your dog. I wholeheartedly recommend his message of compassion and joy." -- Jack Canfield, Co-author, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Soul
I love the philosophy behind this: I grew up with the older style of training, which was to snap your dog's lead whenever they upset you... not very communicative and rarely efficient!
With some of the techniques in this (I didn't have it at the time but I had read some of the ideas on the net) I turned my 2 yo adopted pit bull from a monster on a leash (she's so excitable and reactive!) to a dog that can be convinced to leave things be and carry on, even if she does still stop and turn to stare and gurgle a couple of times more.
PROS: - you learn a lot of little things on the side, like canine nutrition. I don't advise you feed grains though... depending on your dog your dietary needs might be different. - Some stuff applies to YOU as a human: meditation is taught as a way to be calm and reach your dog without being frustrated, distracted and distracting, and unable to make progress. - There are tips for puppy rearing and anxiety dogs, lots of explanations of technique... good basics book. Not for the behaviorist who wants advanced training, though: it's pretty general.
CONS: - Some suggestions are a bit kook... If I tried to breathe into my dog's face as advised, one of them would probably just get tired of waiting for us to start doing something (pit bull, never stops going!) and just lick me to death (and her breath is RANK!).
Overall though I did enjoy this and do regularly reference it. It's given me some joy with my girl and I've gotten her from just walking on a lead to... heeling, sitting, staying, placing beyond inside the house (her place is at my left side, heel position, but down and with her right paw on my left toe! We are working on it during daily walks in the subdivision!), "go to your house" - which is the play pen I keep them in while I'm at work so they don't destroy my house or kill my cats) ... Uh, she nicely hands over fetch materials, down and down stays, and the beginnings of a rally type heel, sit, down, heel! game... Super fun. Recommend especially for young and beginning trainers who want a kinder way to actually learn from and teach to their dogs.
I loved this so much I bought a second copy as a gift for someone I know who has great aptitude in behavioral studies...
HOLY GOODNESS THIS BOOK SAVED ME. So when we got our dog, we inherited an untrained, unsocialized, mess of a pup. We went to a trainer who taught disciplinary methods, such as penny cans, pinch collars, and not allowing him on the couch/in the bed. This helped with his general behavioral training, but made his behavior around other dogs MUCH worse. We just assumed he'd never be good with dogs again. Cut to a year later, we worked with a new trainer and got this book, and low and behold there is hope again. And we get to cuddle with our pup in the bed and on the couch! Loved this book to help us understand the logic of a dog, so we can be better informed pup parents.
Just remember that this is a tool and not a bible. Use what you can. I found it a wonderful tool! I have an adopted, 4 year old male Rottie. He is very stubborn with alot of "issues". I have tried almost everything to get this dog to be my best friend. After reading and applying many tecniques out of this book, I have success! He loves to do the yoga, and his spirit lives! Don't listen to some who say that you need to quit your job to apply these ideas. Within one session, the yoga breathing, and 2 minutes later the dog was responding! It can only get better from here, and I look forward to a very long loving relationship with this dog, who was once labled, by me, a monster! If you do not have "the time" or patience to try some of his suggestions, maybe you should rethink about why you have pets. I saved my Rottie from an awful life, and I knew that he was a handful, and I had my work cut out for me. But, I felt in my heart that he could be just as good as any toy poodle or better! He is proving to be better. Not only is he my best friend, entertainer, and child, he is that to all who meet him too! This book is a wonderful thing to all animal lovers, and to those who are really serious in training your dog this way. I will train no other way from now on!
I love that the author backs up his information with research. It has been a great resource and our new puppy is off to a great start on training. This will be a valuable resource for the next 2 years. Thanks for the three steps in advancing the training. The work is organized and takes the mystery out what the professionals do.
he goes too far in critizing other methods. He seems like a super nice guy. I would trust my dog with him, and would probably enjoy getting to know him and see him use his training methods.
I've used a lot of his suggestions with my shepherd/rottweiler before reading his book, and saw great improvement in him over the years since getting him at 3 years old. However, having watched the other dog whisperer's show, which is like free college for dog owners, and applied his techniques, my husband and I have seen that next leap of growth that was missing.
My dog is much calmer now with his noise phobias, with putting on his flea and tick medicine, going to the vet, and meeting other dogs. He has improved so quickly we are now looking for another dog to be his companion.
So, this book is very good, but don't knock other methods until you investigate them yourself.
Very informative- especially rewarding reading because of it,s non-violent approach; This book is for all pet owners who are willing to learn traning patience; we will all be better pet owners and people for following this approach to non-violent traning; PATIENCE!!! IT DOES PAY OFF!!!