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Don't Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training Paperback – November 1, 2006
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- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Paperback : 202 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1860542387
- ISBN-13 : 978-1860542381
- Dimensions : 7.7 x 5 x 0.6 inches
- Publisher : Ringpress Books; 3rd edition (November 1, 2006)
- Language: : English
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I would highly recommend this to everyone, not just dog people.
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I've had dogs all my life and I've read many, many books on dog training and done a dog psychology diploma, this book was on the reading list of that course from that well respected, British University. I first read this book in 2000 in my first term. I've bought it for friends and always kept the original copy with a degree of reverence.
I can't quite put into words how valuable a tool this book is. One critical review said that it wasn't about dogs!?? Well, that shows what little understanding that person had for all animals and this book. The only criticism I have is that the title leads us to think this book is only useful for dog training. The techniques in it are invaluable for training any animal from a mouse to an Elephant to your new born baby or your partner. I jest a little with that but if you understand the principles in Karen Pryor's methods then you can apply them to children, to employees or even to your manager as long as you are smart enough not to make them aware that you are training them. Animals don't have such big egos as to care that you're training them. My dogs LOVE their training sessions. They only need to hear me going through my usual preparations for it and they're straight there, eagerly waiting to see what their lesson will be today.
These methods are very powerful so it is vital you follow all the steps and read all the book at least once, I wouldn't say before starting but not understanding all the steps could mean you do harm, but that is the case of anything that works. You wouldn't take strong medication from anyone but your doctor for the same reason.
If you want happy communicative animals that have a sense of control of their own lives then please buy this book.