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It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet Paperback – January 31, 2007
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First of all, the book is beautiful. Could be a coffee table book in its own right considering the beautiful photography and layout. It's presented so that you can flip around from chapter to chapter as needed, which is nice for a dog training book. I'd recommend reading it all the way through first, though, as you get a real sense of her philosophy that way.
Which is the best thing about the book. The whole concept is to try to get us dog owners to view things from a dog's point of view and understand the reasons behind the behavior we're trying to change in our dogs. She still says to treat the dog like an animal and not a child, but it really opened my eyes about how and why certain things were happening, and I feel like my relationship with my dog (which was great before I read it) is even better now. It's like discovering there's another plane from which you can view things. Very positive-reward-based training methods which have worked wonders for us so far. Really easy to read yet intelligently presented.
My friend in England says Victoria is the biggest name in dog training there now because of her show, and after reading her book, I can see why. Good for dog lovers or dog owners. Even if you've got everything sorted out between you and your dog, you'll love this book, as it's truly a celebration of dogs and our relationship with them, as well as a fantastic training tool. A must for all dog people!!!
The portion of the book that I wasn't expecting and that I found very informative and somewhat shocking was the section about dog nutrition. I had never really read the labels of the dog food that I was using because it was recommended by my dog's breeder and it is a well-known brand. In this book Victoria lists and describes some of the common ingredients in dog food. After reading this and then seeing the ingredients in my dog's food, I was shocked to see things like chicken by-product (rendered chicken carcass, possibly bones, beaks and feathers!) and unhealthy fillers. I have since switched to dog food with natural ingredients and I now pay much more attention to what I buy to fuel my dog's body!
Would just like to mention that we also watched several Dog Whisperer shows and found his (Ceaser Millan)methods much too aggresive. He was too forcefull and it seemed like Victoria got faster and better results with patience, kindness, and understanding with your dog.
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Great book for the new dog owner.
Can not go wrong with Victoria Stillwell.
This book will forever change the way you view dogs. After reading you will see things from their perspective not ours.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer