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No Bad Dogs: The Woodhouse Way Paperback – October 1, 1984
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Woodhouse provides solutions for all sorts of problem behavior such as soiling, jealousy, fighting, barking, and schizophrenia. And she teaches the proper use, and style, of choke chain by which to get the dog's attention without harming it. She provides examples of how she was able, with firmness, encouragement and praise, to create drastic changes within hours in problem dogs brought to her for training. The greatest hindrance to change was the owners themselves seeing their beloved pets manhandled. She also discusses how dogs, being quite telepathic, would often display the phobias and fears of their owners. For example, a woman who hates men may have a dog who hates men, or someone who is an erratic driver may create a dog that hates being in the car.
I quite enjoyed the book and read it in a couple of hours. I came away understanding the "mind" of a dog better, and with that understanding the necessity for firm leadership and a few tips and tricks for getting results.
neighborhood in North Hollywood. I bought the choke chain, reluctantly put it on Maddie, and followed Woodhouse's orders. I also used her "voice" technique. When Maddie would go after another dog, I was to yell real loud, "BAD DOG! REAL BAD BAD DOG! " (this once scared a policeman out of his pants! ) Using Woodhouse's advice, the choke chain caused no pain! I examined Maddie's eyes to see if there were any pain as I used it. Nothing at all. She didn't mind it a bit. But you will have to use it as Woodhouse states. Like a flick of the wrist. The next part was rougher. Screaming at Maddie when she would go after other dogs even with the choke chain on. I was also instructed to pet and praise her when she would pass a dog who was barking or just sitting quietly. This took about 20 days.Read more ›
Some trainers use only one of the other. I claim you need to tailor it to the particular dog. Some dogs couldn't care less how much you yank them around by the neck, others will quit behaving after they've had enough treats. Anyway reward based training requires lots of variations in the reward, sometimes its a game of frisbee.
With corrective training you need to assert yourself as the head of the pack. Seems to work well with some dogs, especially those more alpha pack dogs. But all dogs require lots of rewards to be well adjusted. And as you can see from the cover photo Barbara does reward her dogs.
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Books were written long ago. I don't believe the book would do much for training dogs today.Published 6 months ago by squeakycat1
This is a g rear resource for dog owners. We trained our Australian Shepard using this book. We taught her everything using this guide. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carol Hall
Read it 2 dogs ago and now have a new puppy. Thankfully I could track down a vopyPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Woodhouse is often considered old school in her dog training methods, but her practical advice on a lot of points about dog training made sense. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael Delaware
A very informative book. It continues to be a great help in training our dog.Published 13 months ago by Brian C. Mcgarrigle
I had a paperback copy of No Bad Dogs more than 20 years ago. It was, and continues to be my go-to book on dog behavior, and training.Published 16 months ago by William H. Billings
This is a great basic book, full of opinions about dogs, their owners, and who should be seen by psychiatrists. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mary Stowell