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The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training Paperback – February 12, 2007
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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. --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
"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 --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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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.
- 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.
- 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...
The problem is that it best fits the person with ideal patience and ideal time-availability. It also best fits the person who does not have a very large, strong, determined, alpha-willed dog. There's really no secret here; education of animals (and people) includes both reward of desired behavior and negative reinforcement of unwanted behavior. It also depends in part on the genetic predisposition of the individual being trained. If there is enough time, and the dog is not a strong-willed alpha personality, working only with positive reinforcement can be effective. But many dog owners just don't have enough time, and some dogs are genetically aggressive, naturally domineering and stubbornly (even manipulatively) willful. My experience with dogs indicates that a few negative reinforcers are sometimes useful, and need not be harmful to the dog. For example, prong or choke callers need not be used harshly, but with dogs such as my 100 lb. male Bull Mastiff the extra control can sometimes be helpful because of his pulling strength and the toughness of his "bull" neck as he suddenly lunges after a bird or squirrel, etc.
The book's insightful comments on developmental psychology, explaining aspects of canine emotional and cognitive maturation at different ages are, alone, worth the book's price. Dogs, like children, best learn certain attitudes and behaviors during growth periods that occur at specific ages which the author outlines. He mentions, for example, that dogs are especially sensitive to negative input from eight to ten weeks of age, which is due to the type of brain development that occurs at this age. The author explains that negative-conditioning mistakes that occur at this age often require months or years to attempt to undo. Those of us who have adopted dogs that experienced unfortunate treatment during that age know that these "childhood" experiences in dogs often leave lasting behavioral scars that sometimes barely, if at all, can be undone.
Overall, this is an outstanding book, but the methods recommended work best for people with lots of time for patient training, and with dogs of relatively cooperative temperament.
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