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No Bad Dogs: The Woodhouse Way [Paperback]

Barbara Woodhouse
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  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside Books; Reprint edition (1 Oct 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671541854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671541859
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The popular English television personality suggests that dogs' misbehavior is their owners' fault and offers her method for training dogs of every temperament..

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 25 April 2012
Format:Paperback
I happened to be checking Amazon to see if this book was still available since a friend of mine has a new puppy. When I saw that it only had 1 very bad review I decided to add my own review. We are on our 3rd labrador retriever, a wonderful well behaved chocolate labrador. Our first dogs were two yellow labs we got in 1992 and a friend recommended the Barbara Woodhouse book. We devoured this book and ended up raising two very well behaved labs. Even my mother-in-law used to say they were better behaved than her grandchildren at the time. Certainly, there are many newer books out there but Barbara's philosophy were very practical. We never interpreted her techniques as cruel. You pick and choose what you end up doing anyway. But she gives you some very important training basics. One of my newer favorite dog trainers is the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan. I pride myself in being somewhat of a dog trainer and am grateful to have had Barbara's guidance in the early years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loopy dog!! 20 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Endeavouring to re-train very "loopy" daughter's labradoodle. I used this book when training my Labrador many years ago. Had a most obedient lovely dog as a result. So fingers crossed.
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Althought Barbara Woodhouse is renowned for being one of the best trainers from a couple of decades ago, even this book cannot make her apauling methods appear any better. Her abusive and consistent use of the cursed choke chain and details of her harsh methods she would use upon canine delinquents is awful to detail the least. Neither a book for the first-time, nor the experienced dog owner...not even for non dog owners. After reading this book, I feel better prepared to exploit modern, more effective, kinder training methods that utilise some of the practices described in this book. Why not try: "Dog Training, The Gentle Modern Method" by David WESTON, "Why Does My Dog...?" and "Think Dog!" by John FISHER? Much more detailed, and a lot more pleasant..for both dog and owner! There are one or two aspects of this book that are slightly mroe pleasing however. Woodhouse makes you sit up and think, even if that is just the sound of her military style voice that you can her pounding through the page! Woodhouse has captured the market, simply by gaining such high popularity over TV publicity in the early years. Now, however, there are better on the market. Avoid at all costs for the better available.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title tells the story 4 Mar 2001
By Walk Softly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This isn't a step-by-step training book. It's an attempt at human adjustment. The author provides clear examples of how people's lack of canine understanding often causes "bad dogs." For example, if you have a neurotic, nervous dog, you shouldn't sympathize with it and coddle it (which only exacerbates the nervousness); you should take control and provide clear leadership, thus building the dog's confidence. Many times the owner's sympathy is the greatest hindrance to proper training, for a dog needs a leader. If you aren't it, the dog will run you.
Woodhouse provides solutions for all sorts of problem behavior such as soiling, jealousy, fighting, barking, and schizophrenia. And she teaches the proper use, and style, of choke chain by which to get the dog's attention without harming it. She provides examples of how she was able, with firmness, encouragement and praise, to create drastic changes within hours in problem dogs brought to her for training. The greatest hindrance to change was the owners themselves seeing their beloved pets manhandled. She also discusses how dogs, being quite telepathic, would often display the phobias and fears of their owners. For example, a woman who hates men may have a dog who hates men, or someone who is an erratic driver may create a dog that hates being in the car.
I quite enjoyed the book and read it in a couple of hours. I came away understanding the "mind" of a dog better, and with that understanding the necessity for firm leadership and a few tips and tricks for getting results.
31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT WORKED FOR ME! 15 May 2000
By Bill Butler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A friend of ours got incarcerated for drunk driving. This lasted for six months. She had a dog named Maddie who was to be put in a doggie's home. I took the dog. Maddie was a German Shepard mix and a whole lot sweeter than human beings! Everybody loved her. But when I walked her, she would chase after other dogs. And she would howl terribly at them. I got this book at a yard sale. What Woodhouse said in it frightened me a great deal. A CHOKE CHAIN! YELLING AT THE DOG! It was a riculous book. But Woodhouse assured the reader that a choke chain would not hurt the dog or even cause ANY pain (if you did it right). And she also said that the yelling was necessary. I didn't want to yell at Maddie. I don't like people who hit their dogs, not counting their children. But I had to do something. Every 30 min. walk and bathroom session and Maddie would go crazy at some neighbor's fence that had a dog in the yard. Pretty soon, I would avoid certain parts of the
neighborhood in North Hollywood. I bought the choke chain, reluctantly put it on Maddie, and followed Woodhouse's orders. I also used her "voice" technique. When Maddie would go after another dog, I was to yell real loud, "BAD DOG! REAL BAD BAD DOG! " (this once scared a policeman out of his pants! ) Using Woodhouse's advice, the choke chain caused no pain! I examined Maddie's eyes to see if there were any pain as I used it. Nothing at all. She didn't mind it a bit. But you will have to use it as Woodhouse states. Like a flick of the wrist. The next part was rougher. Screaming at Maddie when she would go after other dogs even with the choke chain on. I was also instructed to pet and praise her when she would pass a dog who was barking or just sitting quietly. This took about 20 days. And every now and then, she would have "relapses". But after one month, she was a real sight. And never went after other dogs. Then came a bad part of Woodhouse's books. Excessive petting. Yes, according to Woodhouse, you can pet your dog. And snuggle them. I would scratch Maddie's belly 400 times at once! But Woodhouse implied that this was habit-forming. And so I did cut down (not by very much, maybe 50%), and Maddie seemed much less restless! And she sure loved her belly rubbed! So this book really helped me! I had to give Maddie back when the owner got out. It was rough. But I did it. Maddie was over 4 years-old when I took her. It was the right thing to do. I don't want to think about it. BUY THIS BOOK! BUY THIS BOOK! BUY THIS BOOK!
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic dog training book. 18 Aug 2003
By G. Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you've never trained a dog, start here. Barabara's philosphy is that most dog problems are "owner" problems. That dogs key into what their owners are thinking. That said, Barbara uses corrective training techniques with a choke chain. The current thinking is that you need to also use "reward" based training.
Some trainers use only one of the other. I claim you need to tailor it to the particular dog. Some dogs couldn't care less how much you yank them around by the neck, others will quit behaving after they've had enough treats. Anyway reward based training requires lots of variations in the reward, sometimes its a game of frisbee.
With corrective training you need to assert yourself as the head of the pack. Seems to work well with some dogs, especially those more alpha pack dogs. But all dogs require lots of rewards to be well adjusted. And as you can see from the cover photo Barbara does reward her dogs.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, informative 24 Feb 2011
By River Bend Farmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having had dogs my entire life, I have my own biases and opinions. Some jibe with hers, some don't. We have a pup, now nearly 4 months old, registered German Shepherd, and as we are in our early 60s, probably our last dog. We don't want to make mistakes with her, so have bought several books and are picking the "best" from each. She's extremely intelligent -- per the vet, months ahead of her peers -- so we don't want to make mistakes during this critical time. Are also reading a book about monks that raise German Shepherds for family pets, a book by the Dog Whisperer, and drawing from our experience with a couple of dogs we have had who were exceptionally intelligent and perceptive that have a permanent part of our hearts. She has all that potential and with these books, plus a private trainer (hang the expense, this is our only child and really important to a disabled woman who spends a lot of time alone) we plan to raise the perfect combination of companion and protector of us and our small farm.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Bad Dogs The Woodhouse Way 29 Dec 1999
By Yvonne Guillory - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was a good primer for understanding the basics of dog behavior and the psychology of dog training. The book gives a general understanding of how to perceive the mind of a dog. It also stresses that the personality of the owner can enhance or detract from dog performance. The best attribute of the book is that it teaches the nature of true love, honor and respect between dog and master. I would like to see Ms. Woodhouse do a followup with more details and pictures on basic dog training techniques.
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