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Learn to Understand your English Springer Spaniel Puppy & Dog Book Paperback – 21 Nov 2011

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (21 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467927503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467927505
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vince Stead was born in Pontiac Michigan, and had 4 older brothers and 2 older sisters. Vince's mother passed away from cancer at the age of 37, and Vince was 18 months old at the time. Vince spent a little bit of time with other relatives, then was reunited with his father, who was a life long alcoholic, but was a nice father.

Vince's father owned a string of bakeries, but there was never really any money, his father drank and spent it away most of the time. At a very early age, Vince would go with his father every day to work, where is father and helpers would make all the bakery products at one bakery, and deliver them to the other bakeries every morning, and Vince would ride in the delivery van with his father every day until he was old enough to go to school. Vince learned at an early age, that is father required him to pay for his stuff, like new school clothing and other stuff. Through out Vince's whole childhood life, he worked weekends with his father in the middle of the night at his bakery, to earn money to buy clothes for school.

Vince got his first real job as a paperboy at the age of 11, and kept that job instead his was 13, when he got a better job washing dishes at the local Harvey's Country Kettle Restaurant, where he would ride his bike to and from the restaurant several nights a week after school. Vince kept the dish washing job until he was 15 years old, and got a job a big grocery store in the next town over. Vince did not have a drivers license yet, but he really wanted to keep his job, so he would hitch hike after school to his grocery store job, and sometimes he would be picked up by his teacher, and she would give him a ride to work.

All of Vince's brother's and sisters we required to move out of the house before they turned 16 years old. Vince was able to talk his older friend into renting an apartment with him, that worked at the grocery store also. The manager was nice enough at the grocery store to let Vince work nights shining the grocery store isles with a machine, and working each Sunday, where the other employees were only allowed to work every other Sunday, because the grocery store paid over time, and Ron the manager, had a kind heart.

Vince joined the Navy when he was 18 and liked it very much. He spent 4 years on shore duty at an air squadron, and 4 years at sea duty, where he was stationed on a submarine tender, the USS Proteus, and a destroyer, the USS David R. Ray, and a short stint on the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier. While on the destroyer, the ship would escort Kuwaiti oil tankers full of oil destined for America, out to sea so they would not get attacked. They would put an American flag on their ship, and the destroyer Vince was stationed on would escort them out to sea and safety so everyone back in America could get cheap oil at the time

While Vince was in the Navy and living in San Diego, California, he has always owned, raised, trained, and enjoyed dogs in his life.

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Vince has been raising dogs for over 25 years now.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edinburgh Lady on 28 Mar. 2013
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I bought this book without reading the reviews and that was a valuable lesson in making sure I always read reviews in the future...

My husband called me to say the book had arrived and described it as "Janet and John's Guide to Owning a Dog". He warned me that I would be absolutely aghast with the grammar - and he was right.

This book is indeed simple, written in very large print and quite honestly a little patronising. The lady who said her 6 year old grandchild could understand the book has about hit the right demographic.

On the plus side, it was cheap so I'm not going to get too upset. I'll just need to buy another English Springer Spaniel book (aimed at grown-ups this time)!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Ellison on 31 Jan. 2013
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Where to start about this book.... it's basically and complete idiots guide to owning a dog or puppy. Let's get one thing straight, I have been really trying to do my homework in preparation for my new pup, and make a happy environment in and around my home for both family and dog. Therefore a well trained dog is essential! However this book is. Completely unreadable! Majority of the book is just common sense and is pretty much an individuals opinions on how to train dogs and how they perceive dogs behavioural habits to be. Clearly the book has been written by someone who has been around dogs for most of their life, but certainly not by an expert by any stretch of the imagination!

The book bores you to death with its ridiculously poor grammar and repeating so many sentences and phrases. There were even some areas of book that had literally just been copied and pasted just to stretch out the contents! Very poor indeed. I stopped reading it once he suggested taking a hose to your pup or throwing a can of marbles in the pup or dogs direction! I mean I understand the concept of this idea in that you are trying to make the dog associate bad habits with unpleasant things, but cans of marbles and hose pipes!!! Surely another way to teach your dog.

I was going to finish by saying you get what you pay for. That's not even the case with this book! Enough said!

The idea of having a book for your specific breed is great, not so great when the book is vague and generalised for what could be any breed. Just stick with a training book that is well known. Cesar Millan?? Don't buy, wage of money!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Farrar Devid on 2 July 2014
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The previous reviewers are correct - this is so bad a book, so very bad, that one feels cheated, ripped off, at having bought it! Vince Stead has nothing to offer dog lovers at all and I suspect, is only interested in relieving them of their money. Not only does this depressing tome offer no information of any interest or value but it is horribly written, full of bad grammar and spelling mistakes and at one point even starts repeating text already written,. Having bought it in all innocence I felt cheated, scammed, ripped off and robbed. Vince Stead, I'm afraid to say, has nothing whatsoever to teach us about dogs and a great deal to show about low, cheating opportunism on the book market. I will never buy a book on Amazon again without checking the reviews which unanimously show the duplicity of this scam book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gabby lewis on 31 Mar. 2013
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I have never read a book so badly written. The grammar is truly awful. My English is not perfect by any means, but this is dreadful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JacBob on 24 April 2013
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Book was so awful we returned it, the spelling was very poor. I would not recommend this book to anyone. PLEASE DON'T BUY IT!!!
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By Geoff R on 13 May 2013
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My wife ordered this for one of my daughters, apparently without checking the reviews first. To be honest, I've never come across such a badly-written book in all my life. Littered with spelling mistakes, dreadful grammar, repetition of whole sections, not to mention some highly-dubious 'facts'. The whole thing reads like a school project my kids could have written themselves. Simply staggering.
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I expecetd to learn more about my english spaniel and more on training him. Fairly basic and I did not learn much more than what I already knew. Probably good for someone who knows little about spaniels or dogs in general. Overall experienced it to be a little disappointing.
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A very basic puppy training book that even my 6 year old grandaughter found helpful. using the tips provided our puppy was house trained by the time he was 9 weeks old. that has to be a book worth reading.
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