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Ten Natural Steps to Training the Family Dog: Building a Positive Relationship Paperback – January 21, 2011
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Matthew Duffy was born and raised in southern Indiana, the beautiful hilly country overlooking the mighty Ohio River. His natural rapport with animals became apparent at the young age of thirteen when Matt worked as a mounted trail guide for a local riding stable. After years of working with horses, Matt turned his full attention to dogs. He completed a comprehensive professional dog trainers course in 1980 and soon became the head trainer at a prominent kennel in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1983, Matt entered into a partnership with a dog training center in Indiana and several years later established his own training facility, Advanced Training Kennel, Inc. During Matt’s very active career, he has: • titled dogs to various levels of working degrees, while a member of the United Schutzhund Clubs of America; • completed courses at Koehler Method of Dog Training Clinic, the International Police Dogs (scent detection) seminar, the All Breed K-9 Academy (patrol dog) seminar, and the Tom Brown Tracking School; • studied psychology at Indiana University Southeast and was inducted into the National Honor Society in Psychology in 1983; • graduated from Floyd County Police Academy and served as a K-9 officer; • been an active member of the North American Police Work Dog Association and the Indiana Search and Rescue Work Dog Association. Currently, Matt owns and operates Duffy’s Dog Training Center LLC, where he oversees the instruction of several hundred dogs and their owners annually. A master of his trade, Matthew Duffy has trained literally thousands of dogs over the past two and a half decades for every imaginable purpose: family obedience, handicap assistance, search and rescue, even termite detection. Any working day of the week, you’ll find Matt with a leash in his hand, ever continuing to sharpen his expertise.
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A quick online search will reveal numerous articles discussing the harm a choke chain can cause to an animal.
One comment said it best:"put a choke chain around your neck and have someone jerk on it, even lightly and you will understand how it feels to your pet and how easily you could damage your pet's neck.
Finally the author's suggestion to let your pet run around all day with a leash attached to the choke chain is just wrong-headed. It doesn't take a pet training expert to imagine how easily the leash could get caught on something and then HAVE your dog struggle to get loose, with possible and likely physical injury.
If you read 10 books on animal training you will discover 10 significantly different opinions on how to go about it.
Just because someone writes a book on the subject does not make their methods safe or proper or effective.
The Training Concepts in this book seem sound but the suggested use of a choke chain negates the entire book in my opinion and renders it useless if not harmfully damaging
Many people dislike using training collars, and this book may not be for those people. However, I too was uncomfortable with the concept until reading Duffy's sensible explanation and trying the method for myself. When done correctly (as described in the book), these corrections are quick and effective, while not having the psychologically damaging effects of loud reprimands or lengthy pinning sessions. And when the dog behaves well, you give him praise to reinforce that good behavior. The dog doesn't associate you with the silent leash consequences of bad actions, but he will associate you with the praise.
My 5 month English Pointer is as active as it gets, and stubborn to boot. But we've seen remarkable changes in his attitude and behavior since using these methods. He's more confident and happy, and he has more respect for us as well.
As a point of comparison, I also have The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete, which is also a great book (I used it to train my first dog). I thought that book had great info on dog psychology, and the methods described were very similar to Duffy's. However, that book is full of anecdotes and side stories, while Duffy's Ten Natural Steps gets to the meat of it quickly and clearly, while not seeming mechanical or uninteresting.
You won't regret buying this book!
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