Do you have a hard time communicating with your dog?
Does your dog seem “willful” and “stubborn” at times?
Many behavior issues in dogs often occur because of a breakdown in communication between dog and handler. In this book, James Goodman outlines the basic principles of effective dog training, including common mistakes pet owners make in training and interacting with their dogs and how you can avoid them.
Short (53 p) and to the point, this book won’t waste your time with jargon and anecdotes, but instead gives you a clear understanding of what truly works when it comes to training your dog, as well as things you can start doing (or stop doing) right away to see immediate improvements in your dog’s behavior.
Using sound, proven techniques based on humane and positive training methods, Goodman covers topics such as:
- Why you shouldn’t allow your dog to repeat unwanted behavior
- Why you shouldn’t repeat your commands
- The importance of training your dog from the very beginning
- The importance of consistency, and not relying too heavily on food as a reward
- Why you can (and should!) let your dog win at tug-of-war occasionally
- Why you shouldn’t let your dog be trained by someone else
- Why you should never use the crate for punishment
Goodman explains why you should never ever punish your dog, instead offering tips and insight for proper management techniques to avoid bad behavior in the first place. He also delves into the issues of choke, prong, and shock collars, and dominance-based techniques such as alpha-rolls, and why these simply don’t work when it comes to creating a strong and reliable working relationship with your dog.
What a joy this book was to read! As an admitted positive dog training addict, I have never before found a book that so beautifully and simplistically lays out the essential dos and don’ts of everyday pet dog training, without getting caught up into the scientific and psychological aspects of the methods being used (Operant Conditioning Quadrants, Reinforcement Schedules, etc), which, although interesting, can be extremely overwhelming, and usually unnecessary, for owners who just want to teach their dog to “behave”. If you are looking for a easy-to-follow guide to help you in training your dog, than look no further. This book should be required reading for all new dog owners- highly recommended!
Rating: 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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