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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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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.
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 bought this book to prepare for the arrival of my new pup, as I was quite concerned about how to properly introduce her to my beloved Isaac...an admittedly spoiled "only child". I also wanted to make sure that I did a better job (meaning far more consistent) in training Tuni.
Knowing how to positively and consistently reinforce good vs. bad acts in all situations is invaluable. I've learned that I can have a loving, healthy and happy dog while maintaining control.
Very easy to follow; intuitively written, so extremely simple to practice. Bravo!