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Whether you have a puppy or an adult dog, a home- or sleep-wrecker (or both), whether your dog has ingrained bad manners or simply hasn't learned any good ones yet-Kathy Santo shines a light into the dark bedlam of life with an unruly dog. The secret of her ebullient and innovative guide to training: dogs are individuals, and any dog's nature depends far less on his breed or pedigree than most training methods suppose.
In easy steps, you can quickly determine your dog's "personality"-the interplay of prime motivations, energy level, work ethic, and emotional profile-to tailor a regimen optimally suited to his learning needs. Where "one-size" programs typically founder in canine chaos and human frustration, the Santo method carries you past failure: even when your dog doesn't respond, your understanding of him deepens and leads you to a better strategy. This unique interactive approach-based on the author's twenty years of experience-not only speeds canine learning but also lifts training from a temporary chore to an increasingly relaxed way of life.
The result is a lifetime of improving obedience-an ever more confident and happy dog, and an ever more gratifying relationship for you both.

About the Author

Kathy Santo has trained dogs for both home and competition. She currently sees more than a hundred dogs each week at her obedience school and offers advice to hundreds of owners through her seminars and camps. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (April 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400043433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400043439
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is fabulous. As the first-time owner of a dog (a big, energetic lab at that), I was looking for help, and Kathy Santo's advice is right on. Her technique is based on the premise that each dog is an individual, and is motivated to learn in a very specific way. Her explanations are quite clear and very entertaining. Some of the examples and turns of phrase were so funny, I laughed out loud.

I've been worried about being able to keep our dog safe from cars and other animals, and to keep her from jumping on kids and older people, all without stifling her enthusiasm and happy lab personality. Kathy's suggestions have already begun working a miracle of obedience. Buy this book if you have a dog. Run to buy it if you have a dog behavior problem. Now if I could only use these methods on my husband...
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This book has changed the way people will look at their dogs forever! I found it to be a very easy read and I loved the 'true stories' throughout. I learned a great deal about the inner workings of my dogs' minds and I also learned how to deal with those aspects of my dogs that I was not always pleased with but had learned to live with. This book taught me that just because I love my dogs does not mean I should put up with bad behavior. I have found great success with your methods and look forward to spreading the word about this fantastic book. Three cheers for Kathy Santo!
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This book is invaluable to both the novice and experienced dog owner. Kathy Santo's depth of knowledge and straightforward approach yield positive results in the form of a happy well trained dog and owner. I've owned and shown Weimaraners in conformation, agility and obedience for almost 10 years and find her methods practical and effective. If you've made the emotional and financial investment in owning a dog, you and your family will benefit by training the Kathy Santo way and have a dog you can love and live with.

I highly recommend this book and will add it to my must read list for new puppy and dog owners!
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I highly recommend this book for people who are serious about training their dogs. This method of dog training works because it is specific to the dog's particular needs and personality. My border collie couldn't care less about getting a treat for doing a good job, but if you toss him a tennis ball or a frisbee he's the happiest dog in the world!! This book focusses on training your dog based on his specific personality.

I highly recommend this book, and I plan to keep it handy as a guide for dealing with the ingenious things my sometimes too smart border collie tries to get away with!
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This book is a must read for every dog owner. Discovering my dogs' unique personalities was quite amazing, two border collies with totally different motivations. Training has become an enjoyment with each new success. The training methods outlined in this book have given me an insight to my dogs that I never thought possible. Thank you, Kathy Santo!!
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Finally--a comprehensive dog training book! Mrs. Santo has a delightful sense of humor that comes through in her writing. My impish golden retriever is acting like a very well behaved dog since implementing Mrs. Santo's suggestions--and it's only been a few days since I've read the book. I'm tossing all my other dog books out--Dog Sense covers it all.
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I have professionally trained dogs and conducted obedience classes and problem solving sessions for the past 25 years. I still try to read anything dog-related to keep myself up-to-date on new training methods to incorporate into my classes. I found Santo's book to be one of the very best available. I recommend it all my friends and clients. It's excellent information for new dog owners, but written with humor and insight that even professional dog trainers will enjoy and benefit from. Santo gives easy-to-follow instruction for basic obedience as well as the day-to-day problems any dog owner faces. She teaches methods that range from the most gentle of motivational techniques to ways to deal with dogs that require tough love. It's rare that I find a training book that I consider the "one book to buy if you buy only one book." Santos' book is definitely that "one book."
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I thought this was a great book. Full of very helpful information, written in a way that I just couldn't put it down! This book has lots of humor mixed in with the eductional part which made it a very easy and fun read.
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