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Play with Your Dog (Dogwise Training Manual) Paperback – July 1, 2008
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This extremely user-friendly book will inspire and instruct anybody seeking to strengthen their relationship with dogs through play. It s for every dog person, from the novice pet owner to the professional trainer and opens up a new world of joyful communication. Play is one of the most significant tools in the trainers toolbox. Now go out and play! --Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT, author of Control Unleashed
Finally, a book that s fun for you and your dog! It reminds us of why we got a dog in the first place! You ll learn great games to play with your dogs along with ways to make routine games a little more interesting, challenging, and rewarding. --Robin Bennett, CPDT, author of All About Dog Daycare and Off-Leash Dog Play
There s more to canine fun and games than just fetch! Miller distills the concept of dog play, explains why it s important, illustrates how constructive dog play can strengthen your relationship with your dog, and manages to make reading the book almost as much fun as putting the ideas to work! --Victoria Schade, CPDT, author of New Puppy! Now What? DVD
About the Author
Author Pat Miller is at the forefront of the force-free, positive dog training phenomenon in the United States. She operates her own training facility in Hagerstown, Maryland, where she lives with her husband and a menagerie of rescued dogs, cats, and horses. Pat is a 20-year veteran of humane work and a popular columnist for Whole Dog Journal, Your Dog, and Popular Dogs magazines and is the author of Positive Perspectives. Love Your Dog, Train Your Do;, Positive Perspectives 2. Know Your Dog, Train Your Dog; and The Power of Positive Dog Training.
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This is very basic primer for someone who probably never had a dog...and has no idea how to interact with dogs. All the games in the book are very common sense, basic games for an active dog: chase, ball, tug, some tricks, dig. Some ideas on how to read dogs when they play, not very useful section on breaking dog fights...Again, great book if you have never played with a dog and have no idea how to engage your pup in play.
I purchased the book (along with a few others on play/tricks/etc) because as a positive trainer myself I was running out of new ideas to challenge my 6 year old mixed-breed herding dog. I've had him since I rescued him at 1yr old and he is a very smart boy who LOVES to learn. As a result he knows a ton of tricks in addition to his standard obedience and he's clever enough to come up with his own ideas for play that may or may not be what we want him to do! (Because I've taught him to think through problems instead of just responding to rote commands, this is really a great "problem" to have.) This book is also helpful for my 7 year old Golden Retriever rescue who has a totally different personality.
This is by far the best of the books I purchased as it balances intelligent play and training (everything we do with our dogs is a training/teaching moment) with great explanations for those less familiar with training concepts and does not suggest ideas that could be problematic. For Example: a DIFFERENT book I purchased suggested play that I would NEVER teach my dog, such as hiding food in cardboard boxes and teaching your dog to rip the boxes apart to get to the food. Dogs don't understand "just this time" ideas (something Pat Miller talks about) and if I were to teach this particular play, I'd have my dog ripping open any box that came into the house!
In addition to discussing the general importance of play, Ms Miller also reviews children and dogs, how NOT to play with your dog, and rehabilitating a play deprived dog. For owners with rescue dogs that don't know how to play this is a great chapter. I've worked in shelters for many years and this is a great chapter for those dogs that need to learn how to play or learn appropriate play. It is truly sad to meet a dog that has never learned how to play and so rewarding to teach them how to do so.
I highly recommend this book!
It would be a better book if it has description on the dog's body language at play and what is no longer play.