- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (March 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312598971
- ISBN-13: 978-0312598976
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 210 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
Her active website and readily available online support as an adjunct to the book dramatically increases the value of the book for me and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is involved in any phase of dog training.