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ales from the Dog Listener: 28 Secrets to Being Your Dog's Best Friend Paperback – April 20, 2006

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World-renowned dog trainer Jan Fennell shares 28 uplifting real-life stories of dogs and people learning to live together with mutual love and respect, including:

*Peter, who dared to ignore Air Force standards in order to give a German shepherd a second chance
*Renate, the international businesswoman who found herself torn between her lover and Def, an injured stray she had adopted
*Terry and Sandra, who sacrificed a playful relationship with Guinness, their dangerously large crossbreed, to improve his behavior before it was too late
*Brian, the car salesman who turned his dealership into a rescue center to save dogs from death row
*The quiet country farmer who treated Tina, his Border collie, as much more than another farmhand
*Steve, who turned his own world upside down to give the diabetes-stricken English springer Pepe the best life possible

About the Author

Jan Fennell lives in rural Lincolnshire in the UK. Her previous book was a comprehensive introduction to her methods and presented the method she has developed over the years for turning around the behavior of even the most troublesome dogs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (April 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569755361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569755365
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Bidwell on March 10, 2008
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I am a fan of Jan Fennell. I enjoyed the book, as well as her first one, The Dog Listener. I find her approach very similar in attitude to my own with my own dog and the dogs with which I work. Her work, while different from Cesar Millan, complements his. Americans don't pay enough attention to the real psychology of the dog-human relationship, and the dogs pay the price.
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I really like this book.Jan has an easy style of writing.I first ordered The Dog Listener- was hooked - ordered this one and was not disappointed.When Ms. Fennell explaines how to connect with your canine,she makes it so easy to understand.I will never use any other method to teach my dogs.The stories in this book are fun and interesting.For any of you who truly love your dog/dogs and want to know how to build a strong loving relationship, plus get your pooch to do exactly what you want-- buy Jan Fennell's books-- I promise,you'll be glad you did!
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I question whether the philosophy is wise based on the results in several stories presented in this book that to me did not achieve happy, satisfied results for the dogs or the owners. Reading these stories has me wondering whether it is wise to think of our canine companions as wolves in dogs clothing. Does to do so induce wolf like behavior in some instances? I don't know, I am just asking. As an example on page 149, "Separate Worlds", an owner applying these methods to achieve balance when introducing a 3rd dog to her household. One of the existing dogs had surgery and was kept separated while recuperating because the owner was worried that in keeping with the wolf pack theory the other two dogs would attack the weak dog - which is exactly what happened in an unguarded moment. How sad. I cannot imagine this happening with a happy balanced group of dogs. I have to say that was the last straw in a string of stories that I questioned. There are many training methods available that employ positive reinforcement with happy results. I have had dogs all my life and recognize that they need good, solid, consistent direction and exercise. There are good ways to introduce a new dog to the household, especially when you have dogs already living there. My thought on these techniques are the old adage, "don't try this at home". Don't ask your pets to be wolves. Appreciate them and their individual personalities. Provide an environment that offers exercise - discipline - then affection in a consistent, positive, loving manner and choose a dog that compliments your personality and lifestyle.
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