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Train Your Dog the Lazy Way Paperback – December, 1998

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Product Details

  • Series: The Lazy Way Series
  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc (December 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876051808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876051801
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,850,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I recently received my copies of Andrea Arden's new book, *Train Your Dog the Lazy Way,* and I wanted to recommend it HIGHLY to everyone. Unlike more academic, narrative dog books (many of which are wonderful, but can be time-consuming to read), Arden's book welcomes browsing and nibbling and grazing. If all you do is read the sidebars while you watch TV, you'll be learning a lot! But most people will want to read the whole thing.
The book is part of the *Lazy Way* series and is set up for ease of reading as well as ease of training. The sidebars offer "Quick & Painless* suggestions, tell you when something is "A Complete Waste of Time," give you ideas for going further "If You're So Inclined," and tell you that "You'll Thank Yourself Later" if you do this. The ideas are all humane, easy, fun, and are explained in a down-to-earth, no-nonsense style that pet owners can deal with.
I ran it by 2 people at work who are casual dog owners, and both LOVED it. They laughed at the funny stuff, read a lot of the sidebars, and asked to borrow it. :-) BINGO.
I know several trainers who are planning to use the book in their puppy classes, and I'm now planning to do the same thing. I'll bet it goes over great. I think it's a book any owner can enjoy, regardless of their level of expertise in dogs.
Elizabeth TeSelle, Paws Plus Dog Training
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By A Customer on November 1, 1999
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This book was really helpful and fun. I like the fact that it gave me the facts in a brief manner rather than belaboring the topic with lots of fluff. I found the methods in this book to be gentle and very effective.
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Utterly enjoyable! How refreshing to read a DOG-FRIENDLY dog training book. Your dog will love you if you read this one. Overflowing with numerous easy-to-use, effective techniques, which are ingenious and just plain downright, unadulterated fun. Anyone who dislikes this book should consider living with a pet rock, or a cabbage, instead of their dog. Seriously, this is one of the best and most useful dog training books on the market. Save your pennies; buy this book and... ENJOY!
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This author seemed to be a bit "lazy" herself when writing this book in that I found it to be very short on details. For example, we all want to keep our dogs from jumping up on people. The author provides a good explanation of why punishment techniques might be ineffective. However, the author implies that when my pup gets excited when greeting people, I should find rewards like a toy, ball, or kibble or even human attention to teach her proper greetings. There is no real detail provided, however, on how to go about using the treats. The practical application of the author's techniques, in the jumping up situation for example, is difficult and the book does very little to help here.
I also find it burdensome to ask my friends to come over to my house, give them a handful of kibbles and ask them to help train my dog. It might be helpful, but in this fast-paced age, it isn't too practical. Just seems like a lot to ask.
I am also trying to train my dog to obey my commands always, to make sure I can count on her to respond in dangerous situations. I am not convinced that this technique will deliver in that regard.
I am not a trainer or pro. Just a regular guy who tried to apply these techniques and found myself needing more.
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By A Customer on June 25, 1999
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This is simply the most enjoyable and useful dog training book I've ever read. The best parts were teaching other people to train your dog, and teaching your dog to train itself. At long last, through reading this book, I've been able to train my dad to train our dogs. Brilliant book! I loved it, and so did our dogs.
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Ok, let's be honest about this. There is no such thing as effortless dog training. Training your dog will take some effort, and consistency, on your part. What this book will teach you to do is to train your dog to be an easy companion to live with. It will not teach you to telepathically train your dog. No Jedi mind tricks here to play on your dog. Far from it. You will have to get off your couch and invest some time and attention to your best buddy.

Adequate exercise is important for any dog. However, please keep in mind that there are several breeds of dogs out there who have a lot of stamina. And it is really not reasonable, nor is it realistic for everyone's schedule, to jog with your dog for an hour each day. Wearing your dog out to make him or her behave will not always be the answer. Provide your dog with adequate play time and lots of opportunities to be with other dogs. But when you're home watching TV, the dog needs to know that this means quiet time. This book will teach you how to do that.

My own dog is a sighthound type of dog (not an easy "breed" to train!). We go to the public park 3-4 times per week. Whenever possible, I let him off the leash so that he can stretch his legs without having to drag his fat human behind. That's not always possible though. We have to share the park with screaming toddlers and people who do not appreciate a rambunctious 28" tall dog. In most cases, even an hour at the park playing with other dogs will not guarantee a tired dog at home. This breed is known for high stamina and quick recovery. All it takes is a few minutes of rest and he's active again. Sometimes, he's actually even more hyper when we get back from the park, probably from adrenaline. Exercise is not always the answer for this dog.
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