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Good Owners, Great Dogs Paperback – September 1, 1999
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The only American to study and work with the renowned Barbara Woodhouse, Brian Kilcommons solves all those "bad dog" problems that drive owners crazy -- and shows you how to raise a puppy into a happy, perfectly behaved dog. The trick is to understand how dogs think, read their body language, and, with the secrets Kilcommons shares in this book, be "fun, fair, and firm".
A dog-training guide that gives you immediate results even with an adult dog, this manual trains you, as it gives owners everything they need and everything dogs need to become...
GOOD OWNERS, GREAT DOGS
Includes specific tips on how to:
-- housebreak both puppies and adult dogs
-- teach your dog to come to you regardless of what he's doing
-- end annoying habits like jumping, food stealing, and barking
-- prevent aggression and, in many cases, stop it after it has become a problem
use games to teach your dog to obey
...and much more.
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (September 1, 1999)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446675385
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446675383
- Item Weight : 1.27 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.75 x 9.25 inches
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The author combines praise and corrections, a method which worked beautifully with my akitas, resulting in well-behaved, happy dogs. He focuses heavily on leash "pops," but also suggests alternatives such as soda cans filled with change, verbal reprimands, and ignoring the dog.
I highly recommend this book. It's informative and the methods work.
The book is written in easy to understand details, and where Cesar Millan will write about one of his dog experiences, Cesar leaves you to wonder what his point is in telling you about a certain dog, whereas with Brian you totally 'get' where he is going and why he told you the story...
I do not think this is 'old'school'...Where does it say to get a rolled up newspaper and smack a dog, or yell at a puppy...? To me that is old-school......
I think the positive-training a lot of people refer to does not work unless you are skilled with dogs or have a natural knack for teaching dogs..not everybody does, and some dogs do need a different approach...I do not see anything 'harsh' in this book...I see it as teaching your dog how to live in your world, as opposed to you living in his world...The whole heavy-on-the-treat-based training can result in dogs not 'listening' unless a treat is involved...Plus why should you have to 'bribe' your dog to get him to do what he is supposed to do...?
I am not saying do not reward your dog for doing what he is supposed to do, but he should not rely or expect a reward.....
Again, I do not see anything 'harsh' in this book, unless trainers have just become biased lately...?
I wish I had gotten this book when I first got the puppy...I made the mistake of getting Cesar's book when the puppy was first brough home, and Cesar's book did not help us at all...I did not get this book until the puppy was about 5 months, but we noticed a change immediately.....
This book shows and explains why a puppy does what he does, and how to teach him and show what is expected of him....Very good details and explanations.....Great for first-time dog owners or anyone bringing home a puppy!! :)