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Imagine Life with a Well-Behaved Dog: A 3-Step Positive Dog-Training Program Paperback – March 30, 2010
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“Life will be better for readers who heed Bjelland's advice. The strength of this book is the practical, user-friendly motivation it provides for owners, to shape both human and dog behaviors.” ―Library Journal
“Explicit, positive advice on tackling any problem you may have with your dog. Bjelland tells you how to change your communication with your dog so that you will have 'stress-free, unconditional love for years to come.' She also has a web site so you can contact her, and donates a portion of her profits to help dogs. This is a must- read book that can help your dog as well as other deserving canines.” ―The American Dog Magazine
“This is NOT just another dog-training book. Believe me, I've read them all. Julie Bjelland's book is one of the best, right up there with the Monks of New Skete, The Culture Clash and How Dogs Think. ...Her approach is simple. The steps she lays out make perfect sense. I found myself having several "Ah Ha" moments. Her background as a vet-tech and a trainer for Guide Dogs for the Blind has given her opportunities to observe both ends of the leash. She understands that a successful harmonious relationship between guardian and dog begins with human behavior...This is a great book for every dog owner, whether you're a newbie or you've had dogs for years...it's a guide for achievable and purposeful goals.” ―Pet Guardians of America
About the Author
JULIE A. BJELLAND has 15 years of experience as a dog trainer and trained at the world renowned Guide Dogs for the Blind, an organization known for producing some of the best-trained dogs in the world. Her lifelong love of animals began in her childhood on a Minnesota farm. She is the owner of webDogTrainer.com, a web site on which you can contact her; she donates a portion of her profits to help dogs. She has two sons, Oliver and Eliot, and is the guardian of four adopted pets: Fax, Tisha, Skyress and Sebastian.
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I recently acquired a new-to-me two year old puli. She was timid at her home before and the flight and handling did it's damage. She came to us TERRIFIED of everyone, everything and every noise. I was ready to send her back and call it a day when I cracked the spine on this book. Two hours later, I decided that I can do this and began.
I love the writing and the ideas. They go against every single thing I believe in - and I've done training for a number of breeds and for the show ring. This little puli was NOT going to respond to someone who ordered her about. I've always used the authoritative approach and didn't believe in treat training as I wanted the dog to do what they were told BECAUSE they were told! That works with big breeds and puppies. It was not going to work with our terrified and frightened little girl. The techniques contained in these pages have made her a cherished member of our home.
Julie, I can't thank you enough. Although to be honest, had I listened to my better half, I would have heard most of what you say here. :0)
Good stuff from a great writer. If you take the time to read and apply the words, you WILL BE REWARDED!
We adopted a Golden/Shepard mix at 3 months old. We wanted to train her right while we had the opportunity and this book was perfect. You can either read it all the way through or use it as a reference as the need comes up. It has helped us understand why our puppy does what she does. Sometimes you want to get mad because in human terms what she does is wrong but from an animal point of view it's nice. This books helps you to not get so angry at your dog. It tells you what your dog needs from you, and how you need to act to have your dog view you as a leader. Once you've accomplished the beginning training, you can learn to teach some advanced tricks to your dog too. I recommend this book over any other.
I think the best part of this book is the cover and introduction. The cover is what attracted me to purchase the book, in fact. This book reinforces, in a positive way, some basics that I already knew, and adds a few things that seem innovative to me.
Julie is right about one salient point: each situation is unique. In the past, I've stumbled on solutions that have made a difference with a dog's behavior, mostly through trial and error. I believe there is an intuitive aspect to this work that comes through for every dog owner eventually -- even when the solution is avant-garde or a bit unusual.
I recommend purchasing this book because the writer genuinely seems to care about your experience with your furry friends.