- Series: Quick & Dirty Tips
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (November 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312678223
- ISBN-13: 978-0312678227
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Will lend confidence to inexperienced dog guardians. ... Gets to the heart of frustrating issues and breaks them into manageable chunks. ... Experienced owners and fledging trainers will appreciate how Benal incorporates the science behind dog training ... and introduces many key resources." Library Journal, Oct. 15, 2011.
"Comprehensive and accessible ... Benal's techniques ... are sure-footed and handily summarized. Her explanations clear what otherwise might be stumbling blocks -- common obstacles in human-dog communication or myths about dogs' learning styles." The Bark, Jan./Feb. 2012.
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Listeners to her Quick and Dirty Tips podcast will be familiar with much of the material in this book, but it is well organized, and put together in an easily digestible and quickly accessible format, which is very helpful. Those familiar with the podcasts will also feel like they are sitting down with a good friend, whose sincere tones and clever wit are ever present and ready to help. I can't tell you how many times, while reading the book and she is discussing an owner's reaction, I would say "That's me!" or a dog's issue, I would turn to my dog, and say "Hey! She's talking about you!"
As must be the case, the book offers no magical cures and no mystical techniques to solve or communicate with your dog. It offers, rather, a detailed discussion of what dogs actually do, the best we understand about why, and how we can deal with it, modify behavior and understand that dogs are real beings, just like us, and always with a sound, scientific foundation. In addition she discusses all aspects of life with a dog, and the long road to teaching her/him manners, and how to deal with problem issues.
The few gripes I have about the book are more about dog books in general, or, perhaps more precisely put, about general dog books. The problem is that there are a LOT of general dog books from gifted trainers and writers, and I have to slog through pages and pages about puppies (for example), when I don't have a puppy! I will likely never have a puppy (and if I ever do, I'll buy a puppy book!) I have a 2 year old adolescent rescue dog who is energy insane! With all the emphasis out there on adult adoptions and rescues (I have a hard time calling my dog a "rescue" as he's so cute and playful there's no way someone wasn't going to adopt him. I think of "rescues" as the saving of a dog on death row), I think we need more books that address more specific issues dealing with rescues, and that are a little less general. But here, Ms. Benal succeeds as much as possible, with constant references to other fantastic resources for those of us with more specific problems. But I know she's so knowledgeable that I would love to see her put out a series of very specific books (or even mini-books < 100 pages, but larger than pamphlets, which never have enough background) that address specific issues. For example, she points out repeatedly that people like me need to give their dog a good hour of aerobic exercise first thing in the morning, which I think serves mostly as a warning on adopting a high-energy dog, but I already have one, and I could use some tips on how the heck to get that hour of aerobic exercise when there are precious few off leash areas in my town and fewer that are "open" first thing in the morning, and even if I risked brushes with the law, his recall isn't honed well enough yet that I trust him off leash in the great outdoors, and it could be a year before it is rock solid. How about tips on training a dog run while I ride a bike? Special fetch/keep away tricks that keep them going in the smallish back yard? I can't even imagine how tough apartment dwellers would have it. Anyway, all of these gripes are mentioned only in hopes that we'll see a lot more from Ms. Benal.
Again, this is a great and entertaining read and reference whether you are new to modern dog training methods or want a refresher. I can't thank you enough for all the help your book and podcasts have been to me!
Treat you pet with love and encourage the right behavior with positive rewards, you will have a happier pet.
Just about anything you may encounter is given attention from tricks, socialization, to pet problems. Great book, and she has a wonderful podcast as well. Very educational as well as entertaining.
Ceaser Milan should read this book.
It's warm and funny, understanding of the training process, has excellent case studies and most of all, provides easy-to-understand advice, recommendations, and information.
I even use it to understand some aspects of Maremmas, and they're a little different to most dogs. But I deal with rescue Maremmas fairly often, and the advice for rescue dogs is spot-on even for these guardian dogs.