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on January 19, 2012
Steve Dale knows what he is about and his common sense approach to dog 'training' makes for a very enjoyable read as well as a fine handbook to keep around for wither your own pet or when dog-sitting for friends. It is obvious from the way that Dale writes that he thoroughly understands how dogs connect their synapses and how rewiring your dog's brain with tried and true methods of behavior modification, with an emphasis on positive reinforcement instead of punishment.
The chapters in this book ill give the potential reader some expectations about what will be gained form investing i this little bible: Dog on Dog Aggression, Pet on People Aggression, Housetraining 101, To Crate or Not to Crate?, Chew on this, Obedience Training, Jump to It, Play, Excessive Barking, Separation Distress, Noise Anxiety, Compulsive Disorders, Cognitive Dysfunction, and a Grab Bag of Off-Beat Questions. Dale offers his wise advice in the form of interaction with people's questions he has answered from his syndicated radio show. He peppers his text with enough photographs to give that much needed 'Aw[...] effect and keeps the information tight but light.
This book is essential for every current and would-be dog owner - and it might just be a terrific gift for that lady down the street in your neighborhood whose dogs yap all day.....Subtle but firm suggestions that Steve Dale can calm dogs and a neighbor where the ill-advised dogs dwell. Grady Harp, January 12