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Good Dog 101: Easy Lessons to Train Your Dog the Happy, Healthy Way Paperback – October 16, 2007
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"Good Dog 101 is an all-in-one text for dog behavior and training, far more up-to-date and scientifically based than any other book on the market."
— James C. Ha, PhD, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, University of Washington professor
"Cristine Dahl has produced a first-rate training book, one that is a shining example of the humane, scientifically sound, and practical methods she espouses. A great resource."
— Janis Bradley, author of Dogs Bite: but Balloons and Slippers Are More Dangerous
About the Author
Cristine Dahl is the founder and owner of the Seattle Dogworks. She lives in Seattle. Jean Donaldson is the founder, director, and a principal instructor at the San Francisco SPCA Academy. She lives in San Francisco.
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It's flabbergasting that it was so difficult to find a book like this; written by an actual expert in the field, and not by a self-taught "whisperer" or "expert." I made the mistake of starting with several other books that promoted other methods, and created some serious trust issues with my sweet Golden Doodle pup. Admittedly, I was more a believer in "Military" method and thought going the "Humane" route was too liberal. Take it from someone who had to learn the hard way; this stuff works.
I wish this was marketed/advertised as much towards puppies as it was all dogs. Probably my mistake for thinking it wasn't for puppies -- so don't make the same mistake I did! There's only "one" chapter dedicated strictly to puppies, but the rest of the book can be applied to them as well (unless of course noted otherwise).
There's no "secret" to training your dog. You just need to be doing the right things and have patience (lots of patience). But some of the issues I've had with my young pup (now a seven month old Golden Doodle) have been fixed in almost a miraculous amount of time with Cristine's methods. Others are still a work in progress -- he pulls on his leash like crazy. But knowing I'm doing the right things, along with the signs of progress, are enough to keep me on the right path.
This is the very first thing I'd recommend to any new (or current) dog owner. Regardless of dog breed, sex, age, background (although I'm not sure it touches much on abused dogs) or owner experience. The hardest habits to change in a dog are those that have been ingrained in him -- and I'm sure the same goes for owners ten-fold.
Yes, our dog is a "family member" (of sorts), but we're in charge – thanks in part to the advice and practical strategies laid out in this book.
Cons: I wish the book would have included pictures to show the hand signals for the basic commands. I lost patience with that part and just made up my own hand signals. The "lures" for the basic commands didn't work either, but that's probably because I have a terrier and they get excited and have a short attention span. Also, the book appears to address very specific problems, but they have the exact same solution. There was a lot of copy and paste going on. Example: the how-to on crate training a puppy is the exact same word-for-word as the how-to on crate training an adult dog. I found that this occurs throughout the whole book when I was hoping for more insight on specific problems. Overall a good book, I find myself referencing it now and then, but it didn't knock it out of the park for me...