- Series: Dogwise Training Manual
- Paperback: 149 pages
- Publisher: Direct Book Service (July 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781929242559
- ISBN-13: 978-1929242559
- ASIN: 1929242557
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Content information: 10/10
Entry level requirement: 1/10
Although i am a play trainer myself, i didn't rate the book with 5 stars because of its title, but because it's truly good, it has a lot of information on the subject of play and how it can be used for different purposes, things that you would expect to read about in a "serious" and expensive textbook, yet the writing style is fluid and entertaining, so it's addressed to virtually anyone, from those who want to get along better with their dog and have fun, to dog trainers and behaviorists.
However, it's not intended to be a training manual per se, the obedience exercises are very briefly presented. That being said, this is a good place to start if you wish to know how to interact with your dog and how to prevent or address behavior problems.
Many books treating general subjects (like play) tend to have little useful information and a lot of general trivial stuff that most people know already. Others fail to get the point altogether by looking at it through other concepts (things like: "if he jumps up on you, he's dominant") or by warning that playing certain games will "make the dog dominant/aggressive/etc.", like playing tug.
Not the case here. The author is clearly knowledgeable about the subject and she rehabilitates dogs using these games and concepts, including the much feared tug-of-war. I was particularly pleased to find out that she even explains some of the misconceptions about tug.
The book covers subjects like:
- what play is and isn't (and tips on recognizing each situation),
- why play is important,
- how dogs play with other dogs and with humans and why playing with humans is different,
- dog playing styles and how to mix (or not) dogs with different styles,
- lots of games with many variations (this section alone is worth buying the book for),
- how to use play in obedience training (maybe the only aspect that could use some improving),
- how to use play to rehabilitate certain problem-dogs,
- how to work with a play-deprived dog,
- lots of tricks to practice with your dogs and even
- how to introduce a new dog in the family and how children should approach dogs.
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.