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Family Friendly Dog Training: A Six Week Program for You and Your Dog Paperback – January 5, 2007

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"Delightful! Another valuable book from Patricia McConnell." --Ian Dunbar, Founder, Association of Pet Dog Trainers

"Family Friendly Dog Training is a hit! Each chapter provides humane, fun-filled easily implemented exercises for owners seeking a well-behaved family pet. It has become the primary textbook for all of our Family Dog Classes." --Linda Campbell, RVT, CPDT Director of Programs Humane Society of Missouri

"Practical knowledge, presented in a friendly, down to earth style. I heartily recommend it." --Trish King, author of Parenting Your Dog

We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback to Patricia's books here in Germany. Finally, someone knows how to write about behavior AND training in a very enlightening way. Trisha holds up a mirror to show us our behavior around dogs - and makes us laugh with the discoveries we make about ourselves. One of the reasons for her success is that she never comes across as lecturing with a wagging finger. She likes humans as much as she loves dogs which is expressed clearly in her writing." ---Gisela Rau, Kynos Publishing

"The Puppy Primer and Family Friendly Dog Training books are great! They are informative and enjoyable reads, and we recommend them during all new puppy and new dog visits." --Vicki, Vet Tech, Spring Green Animal Hospital, Spring Green, WI

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Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB is an Ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has consulted with cat and dog lovers for over twenty years. She combines a thorough understanding of the science of behavior with years of practical, applied experience. Her nationally syndicated radio show, Calling All Pets, played in over 110 cities for fourteen years. She is the behavior columnist for The Bark magazine ( the New Yorker of Dog Magazines ) and a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Comparative Psychology. She is Adjunct Associate Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships. Dr. McConnell is a much sought after speaker and seminar presenter, speaking to training organizations, veterinary conferences, academic meetings and animal shelters around the world about dog and cat behavior, and on science-based and humane solutions to serious behavioral problems. She is the author of ten books on training and behavioral problems, as well as the critically acclaimed books The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs, For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend and Tales of Two Species. Aimee Moore is the owner of Dog's Best Friend, Ltd in Madison, WI, offering over 250 classes each year. Her special interest is creating classes for the public that are fun, effective and family friendly. Aimee owns and trains several American Eskimo Dogs, including MACH2 Keanu HOF, in a variety of performance events.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: McConnell Publishing, Ltd.; 1st edition (December 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891767119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891767111
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Meredith J. Gage on March 2, 2007
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Here is yet another fabulous book by Patricia McConnell and Aimee Moore. I am a reward-based professional dog trainer and have been using their new book, "Family Friendly Dog Training- A Six Week Program for You and Your Dog", as a supplement to my basic training program. The chapters are arranged so each chapter covers one week of a six week program. I can never cover as much material as I want in an hour class, and this book allows me to provide a more comprehensive program to my students. It is loaded with training tips and up-to-date training methods, making it a must have for the novice dog owner's library. Every professional dog trainer should be offering this book to their students. It will add value and quality to your training program. It's an easy and fun read for the pet owner, very affordable, and not lengthy, so I find all of my students can take the time to read it. I love how Patricia and Aimee describe their own challenges and experiences making the book enjoyable and personal.

Patricia McConnell has been the most influential mentor in my career. I have learned so much through her books, videos and seminars, and have read her book "The Other End of the Leash" three times.
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Patricia McConnell knows dogs. This is an excellent training guide for those who are intent on training their dogs themselves without benefit of a good class (or who can't find a decent class to attend), and it's also a great adjunct for those who are working with a trainer.

The book gives you an effective, realistic six week lesson plan and timeline, and is behaviorally solid (unlike the theories and methods of some currently trendy TV trainers).
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After adopting a large adult rescue dog who had never enjoyed the benefit of training, I began serious study of animal behaviorism and training. I believe in positive reinforcement methods and Patricia McConnell became the expert I most respect. Not only is she a PhD animal behaviorist, she is also the shepherding partner of working dogs, in private practice works with aggressive animals and is a true dog lover. She is knowledgeable, highly experienced, well-grounded and very enjoyable to read. I own every book/pamphlet she's written and highly recommend her to anyone who is seriously interested in humane, responsible dog training. Must reads from her other works are "For the Love of a Dog" and "The Other End of the Leash."
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I liked that this book had a simple program that people could follow to make the task of training one's dog easier. The authors use language that anyone can understand, but still give great technical advice. I really liked that each chapter represented a week of training, and that each chapter was clear and concise. It helped show me what activities to focus on first, and how to build on those behaviors in later weeks. Each chapter is pretty short, so I could read it all in one sitting and then go and try each behavior with my dog. I really enjoyed how the book explains how dogs view things, and how to use this knowledge to our advantage when training. I would recommend this book to anyone who just got an adult dog, or who wants to brush up on some basics with their current dog. The focus is positive reinforcement training, and it works wonders with any dog, as well as building the bond between you and your dog. This is definitely one of those things where you get out what you put in to it, and this book makes dog training more practical for everyone's busy schedules.
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I think all the ideas in this book are in The Other End of the Leash (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) but I liked the ability to quickly reference with this book. The tradeoff is that there isn't a great deal of detail. I do recommend it to anyone with an Aussie, Border Collie or similar smart puppy.
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This is, quite simply, the best training book out there. It is short (which makes it easy to refer back to previous steps), loaded with useful information, and a pleasure to read. I've been using it with my newly-adopted 1-year old, and finally feel like I know what I'm doing with training him (and myself). I can't believe how many dog training books I have on my bookshelf, all of which have left me (and my dogs) more confused than when we started. McConnell's book is concise, practical, and covers all bases with a touch of humor and tons of good will. It's the only dog training book you'll need.
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We continue to use this book after months of having adopted our dog, Barney. Barney was adopted from a rescue with not much training under his belt. In just a couple of months, we have Barney sitting, lying down, fetching, catching, etc. Everyone is much happier with our knowledge garnered from this book, including Barney. Patricia does such a good job of walking you through the steps to take and doing so in a fun, loving way that really helped us connect with Barney. I highly highly recommend this book and others of hers to help new dog parents start to learn what our four legged friends are trying to tell us.
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Patricia McConnell is one of my favorite authors when it comes to understanding and working with dogs. If you are planning to train your dog on your own and want some guidance from a book, or you want some additional reference material in addition to your training, this is a good option. This lays out a six-week training plan and walks you through everything. Definitely a good resource to have!
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