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Think Like Your Dog and Enjoy the Rewards Paperback – July 15, 2013
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"Do you know what happens to books that I wish I'd written? I cut off their spines and punch holes in them.
That's right...it makes ring-binding them possible. And that has become my new shortcut to knowing which books I use as constant reference material or just find enjoyable to read. Once ring bound, books can be kept open while studying them.
Think Like Your Dog, and Enjoy The Rewards by Dianna M. Young and her co-author Robert H. Mottram is truly one of those dog training books. And I know you'll find it just as valuable." ---Robert W. Vaughan, writer and editor of German Shepherd Adventures
"I've purchased several dog training books and behavior books only to be disappointed. This wasn't the case with Think Like Your Dog. I'm a dog blogger and write several blog posts a week. Think Like Your Dog has become my reference guide, helping me to better understand what may be going on in our dogs' heads.
If you're looking for a valuable pet training book to add to your library, I highly recommend this one. Every dog owner should read this book (a couple times at least) and then see what a difference it makes in their relationship with their canine." ---Kimberly Gauthier, Keep the Tail Wagging
"Think Like Your Dog and Enjoy the Rewards is an easy to comprehend dog training books that should be on the shelf of every new dog owner!" ---Review by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
"The guidance provided in this dog training books will enable a dog owner to 'read' (understand and think like) their dog almost as well as their dog 'read' can read its owner. An important primer on training for both you and your dog." ---Review by Don Messerschmidt for Portland Book Review
"The book Dianna M. Young wrote and published with her father unlocks dog training secrets that dog owners can use to establish and improve their ideal relationship with man s best friend." ---Anacortes (WA) American
"This pet training book tackles a breadth of topics, from how to pick your pooch to the importance of socialization. Young and Mottram explain to the reader how to perceive the world from a dog's perspective, aiming to help readers understand how their furry friend thinks." ---Review by Ray Edel for Jersey Dog
A must-read for any dog owner! Dianna Young s dog training book is right on the money. Loving your dog is a given, but learning to be its leader will make the bond much stronger and more fulfilling. -Elizabeth Kerstetter, veterinary hospital manager, Selinsgrove, PA
The book Dianna M. Young wrote and published with Robert H. Mottram unlocks secrets that dog owners can use to establish and improve their ideal relationship with man s best friend. Pick up your own copy of this number one dog training book today! --Camano Island (WA) American
From the Author
This book is dedicated to my parents, who have supported all of my projects dating back to my earliest memories; to my husband, Jason Young, who is a terrific business partner and wonderful life partner; and to my sons, Alexander and Nicholas. May they find the same joy in dogs that their mother has found. It also is dedicated to all of my dog friends, past and present. They have been wonderful teachers.
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Great read and even better information- for everyone from the professional to the novice dog owner.
Review from "German Shepherd Adventures"
Do you know what happens to books that I wish I’d written? I cut off their spines and punch holes in them.
That’s right…it makes ring-binding them possible. And that has become my new shortcut to knowing which books I use as constant reference material or just find enjoyable to read. Once ring bound, books can be kept open while studying them, or left open flat for ease of reading. I use them a lot, and I want their words easily accessible.
“Think Like Your Dog, and Enjoy The Rewards” by the Daughter/Father team of Dianna Young and her co-author Robert Mottram is truly one of those books. And I know you’ll find it just as valuable.
Chapter 1 is entitled, “A Fundamental Truth.” and it’s a truth that way too many in the dog world would call a myth. To quote: “In every Dog/Handler Team, without exception, There is a Leader, and there is a follower.” In the current atmosphere of “ignore bad behavior…” training methods, this is practically heresy, BUT SOMEBODY NEEDS TO SAY IT, TEACH IT, AND EXPLAIN IT. “Think Like Your Dog” does just so simply, and with conviction. The explanation of “Rank” and “Leadership” are among the best I’ve seen in writing, and are sure to raise eyebrows within those that need to read this book the most. If you don’t believe that dogs crave a social hierarchy, then you’ll miss the very best parts out of “politically-correct” bigotry. My advice is to read this book, and use your power of reason. That is the true strength of this book. It uses Reason too explain the truth, and that is all to uncommon.
Dianna and Robert had a clear aim with their book. They never mention or criticize other methods of training, or particular Trainers. They don’t need too, as they are trying to assist dog owners, rather than professionals. Although any professional has as much to gain from the book as any first-time pet owner. The tone of the book is warm, inviting, and yet pointed. The authors are obviously talented, capable trainers, but their strength comes from an ability to teach others with empathy, and foresight into how dogs react. You never are made to feel that you are being spoken “down to” from a pedestal, and that to is rare.
Chapter 4 is a treatise on Canine Temperament. Too many dogs are given the description of “unsound” by the failed methods of some, and many of those dogs are euthanized. “Think Like A Dog” establishes ways to change behaviors that cause these tragedies, and throws the “neo-positive” failures a loop in their doctrine. What Dianna and Robert write here will save lives of troubled dogs. Or even better, it will start your family pet, or prospective working dog, onto the best practiced way to raise, train, and live with your dog.
A very balanced discussion of training methods is taken up in the book as well. No sides are taken in the training method maelstrom, so no one need fear that they are reading in a hostile atmosphere. In fact, the reader is invited to choose whatever works for them, after due consideration of the differing choices. The foundational statement of the book is found throughout, often worded differently. This quote from page 96 embodies that ideology. “The idea is to structure a relationship of trust and mutual respect between handler and dog, teach the handler how to assume the leadership position in that relationship, and then demonstrate to the dog what the handler-Its Leader-desires from it.”
Without further guilding this lily, I’ll invite you to add this book to your library. Have it bound so that you can use it. There’s a lot more here that will offer a new line of thinking on some old topics like equipment, Obedience, and performance.
One final suggestion: Chapter 20 is entitled “Going Forward.” Read it carefully and thoughtfully. Read it again and highlight key phrases that touch you. Keep it open there and refer to it often. It is the catalyst that will make you Use the previous 19 chapters with purpose, intent, and joy for you and your dog…
So many other trainers stress reward without correction. Dianna believes in both. She compares her method of using reward and gentle correction for dogs with instructions that might be given to a child who is trying to locate an object and is given the clues "you're getting warmer" and "you're getting colder". That was an aha moment for me.
Very sensible advice. Great stories from her canine career help illustrate her points.
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