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The Koehler Method of Dog Training: Certified Techniques by Movieland's Most Experienced Dog Trainer Hardcover – 1984
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Item is in NEW Condition. From private collection. Collectible copyright 1962. Has no creases or marks on spine & cover, tiny shelve mark, binding is good and tight, pages are clean and intact. You would not believe it was not new!!!
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Top Customer Reviews
The main thing with the Koehler method is to follow it exactly!
Some of the detractors here have deliberately lied about the contents of the book. For example, he doesn't advocate beating a dog"for 30 minutes". He advocates hitting the dog sharply on the muzzle if it turns on the trainer. Anyone who thinks that you can correct that kind of misplaced aggression with hugs, treats and "bad-doggies" should reconsider owning a large breed.
It's important to note that Koehler devotes a good bit of time early in the book on selecting dogs with suitable temperament.
In short, I recommend this book without reservation to those with ANY breed of dog who are willing to trade a bit of unpleasantness for a well adjusted dog with rock solid obedience.
The author of this book, William Koehler, has documented having SUCCESSFULLY TRAINED 140,000 DOGS. No telling how many he trained before he started to document them. He was a Trainer of Dog Trainers in the American Military and one of the people responsible for the establishment and organization of that portion of the US Military. It is estimated that he has had a substantial influence on the training of well over 500,000 dogs beyond those documented via his books. He trained and controlled a record 128 dogs all at once for one of his many Disney movies, (He trained all of the dogs in all of the Disney movies except one while he lived so he had a de facto endorsement from no less than Walt Disney himself)
After reading all of the less than -5 star- recommendations I began to realise that either the authors didn't read the book at all or they failed miserably to understand the words and proof that were right in front of them and in my opinion not just a few of those reviews were written with deceitful intent like the following:
"If I could give this book zero stars, I would. This passage tells you all you need to know about why you want to RUN as far and as fast as you can from Koehler's method: "Hold [the dog] suspended until he has neither the strength nor inclination to renew the fight. Once lowered he will probably stagger loop-legged for a few steps, vomit once or twice, and roll over on his side. But do not let it alarm you." ....Unfortunately, no I didn't make that up. And, if that wouldn't bother you, then you have no business having a dog or other living, feeling being!
The deceit of the previous statement comes partly from careful editing. First, this "quote" is actually two small parts of two separate paragraphs. Second, this is found under the section labeled, -THE REAL "HOOD"- on pages 52 & 53 and describes how to stop a dangerous life threatening dog that attacks its trainer and hasn't responded positively to a plethora of other methods, this treatment is recommended and given only as a last resort to save a dogs life from having to be put to death over its deadly aggression and when compared with death the method is so much more than just humane, life, (and a happy fulfilling life at that) is the most loving, kindest gift one could give to such a dog.
The following in my opinion is an example of NOT having read the entire book with a good heart and an open mind, in other words, a fool. Koehler does NOT advise, "...hitting on a regular basis..." and this person is very prejudicial in that he discounts the directions given in the book because it, "came from a very messed-up period of time, a time where people who weren't white, male, and straight were seen as second class citizens, ..." Further, it's foolish to simply dismiss the advise of a person who has documented over 140,000 SUCCESSFULLY trained dogs because its an old idea. The Emancipation Proclamation is an idea from a much worse and much older time and it'll NEVER be wrong!
"I don't see how anyone can read this book, and think, 'Yeah, I'll just beat my dog, and be a total jerk to it, and he/she will love me.' No sane individual would use these methods on dogs, or any living creature. In the book, Koehler states that he has a life long love of dogs, but I don't think that's true. If someone heard about a person hitting their significant other on a regular basis, no one would think that the abuser loved that person. While, yes, I do acknowledge that he came from a very messed-up period of time, a time where people who weren't white, male, and straight were seen as second class citizens, that doesn't excuse the things that he suggests in this book. It's completely outdated, and horrible. If I could, I'd give it zero stars."
I have very successfully used this book to guide me in the training of more than 20 dogs that I have owned throughout my life and following this book NEVER suggested or required that I hit, hang, punch, kick or otherwise abuse any of them and every one of them has been a perfectly obedient, perfectly safe, enjoyable, loving, friendly companion and helper.
Without thought, an act of great kindness is often mistaken for an evil cruelty.
People who call the Koehler method cruel do not understand it. Done correctly, it is kind, gentle, and builds a dog that *wants* to behave. Take a walk around your neighborhood: note how many people are walking badly behaved dogs. The people are paying attention to the dogs and the dogs are ignoring their people. The Koehler method teaches the opposite: get the dog to pay attention to YOU. Once you are the focus of its attention, obedience is easy. Do not scold your dog for bad behavior. Corrections should be impersonal--they should seem to come from the universe, not you. An e-collar is an ideal tool for this, but with self-discipline it can be done with a lead and choke chain.
The goal with this method is a happy, confident dog who loves you and knows he is loved and is a good citizen that you can take with you anywhere. That is the essence of good training.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In my opinion there is no better instruction manual.