I totally disagree with the last 2 reviews. This book never professes to be a training manual. It is much more than that. However I do think you have to read it more than once to understand all that the author is trying to get across. I have read it at least 4 times and still learn more from it.
This book gave me the confidence to take my badly abused rescue collie(who had severe human aggression and possession issues)away from trainers and behaviourists who after their "one size fits all" approach failed miserably,labelled my dog "manipulative,ignorant and controlling". There was no attempt at empathy for what had happened to him or any attempt to work with him.
I then read this book and it was a revelation. It showed me how to read Bobby and what he was trying to tell me, how to work with him in ways he understood and at a pace that he could cope with.
The authors definition of leadership made perfect sense to me and more importantly,obviously made sense to Bobby, particularly the section on "proactive intervention". Bobby now looks to me for guidance in any situation.
I now have a bond with this dog that I never thought possible. He is with me because he wants to be there. Training him is effortless, as sure of my support and understanding, he tries harder and we work together.
I thoroughly recommend this book to everyone who wants to work with their dogs, not just do things to them, who appreciate dogs are not volunteers,and who believe dogs have a right to be heard.If you do not think this, then this book is not for you. There are plenty of other training books out there.
Bobby has changed beyond recognition, he now is a happy and confident dog. He may never be comfortable being touched by strangers, but that's fine as I don't like it either!