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Train Your Dog Like a Pro [Hardcover]

Jean Donaldson
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28 April 2010
The tools you need to think and train like a professional Jean Donaldson is one of the top dog trainers in the United States, and her training academy has gained a reputation as the Harvard for dog trainers and behavioral counselors. Now, you can harness her highly effective dog–training techniques and benefit from her expert guidance without leaving your home. If you′re like most dog owners, you treat your four–legged friend as a valued member of the family who enjoys the full run of the house–which is why good behavior is so important. Train Your Dog Like a Pro offers a trusted, systematic approach to positive dog training that anyone can follow. You′ll get clear, detailed instructions for teaching essential behaviors, more advanced skills, and even some fun tricks. Plus, a bonus DVD shows you exactly how to accomplish each technique. Bonus DVD contains 2 hours and 30 minutes of hands–on instruction Training is based only on positive reinforcement, patience, and persistence Donaldson is the best–selling author of The Culture Clash: The Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs Whether you′re the proud parent of a puppy, an adolescent, or an adult dog, this book and DVD truly give you everything you need to train your dog like a pro. Note: CD–ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (28 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470616164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470616161
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The tools you need to think and train like a pro! If you′re like most dog parents, you treat your fur baby as a valued member of the family who enjoys the full run of the house—which is why good behavior is so important. Train Your Dog Like a Pro offers a trustworthy, systematic approach to positive dog training that anyone can follow. You′ll get clear, detailed instructions for teaching essential commands and behaviors, more advanced training skills, and even some fun tricks. Plus, a bonus DVD shows you exactly how to accomplish each technique. Whether you′re the proud parent of a puppy, an adolescent, or an adult dog, this book and DVD truly give you everything you need to train your dog as effectively as a professional trainer would.

About the Author

Jean Donaldson is the author of the classic dog–training book The Culture Clash . A three–time winner of the Dog Writers Association of America′s Maxwell Award, she is the founder of the Academy for Dog Trainers at the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which has gained a reputation as the equivalent of Harvard for dog trainers and behavior counselors. Visit her Web site at www.jeandonaldson.com.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant training book 3 Jun 2011
By Lisa
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is one of the best training books I own. It breaks everything down into easily manageable chunks (for the owner not the dog) and tells you when to move on to the next level. I've found it very useful when training my working sheepdog, an excellant aid in addtion to training classes.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive motivation for both you and your dog! 3 Jan 2011
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Jean Donaldson writes in an easy to understand way. You could certainly use this book and follow it step by step to train basic obedience behaviours securely without punishment, but that's obvious!
As a dog trainer myself specialising in positive, motivational clicker training, I love how Jean provides practical, realistic tips on achieving what you want- I chuckled at some of her comments throughout, as she forewarned about the pitfalls of the human trainer, who might think they are too good, who forges ahead in the exercises, skipping foundation training, only to find the lack of these behaviours which underpin what comes later! (I could see myself and several of my fellow competitors having just this problem!!)
This is one of the best books I have read to date on basic obedience training (and I have an extensive personal dog training library!).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Train your Dog like a pro 18 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is a brilliant training book by the excellent authority Jean Donaldson.

She employs only kind dog training methods and has a wonderful understanding of how our dogs tick, always considering that they do not speak English but do have their own way of communicating. Highly recommended.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Demystifying the training process... 14 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
The latest offering from this respected behaviourist and dog trainer, this book sets out to help the pet owner teach their dog basic good manners in a positive, fun way, providing a step-by-step guide to each exercise and its development through several stages of competence. It's easy to follow, explaining clearly each step of the process, when and where to reward, how to build up duration, how and when to add a cue and how to decide when to push on to the next step.

Donaldson's aim with this book is to demystify the training process, to help dog owners understand that training takes time and effort on their part and to encourage them to put in the number of repetitions necessary to develop solid behaviours, and to provide a fail-safe guide to attaining the end results dog owners would like from their pets.

There is a 2 hour DVD included, which shows how to train each exercise as well as some of the pitfalls along the way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best dog traing book going? 8 Aug 2012
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Unlike Donaldson's Culture clash, this is a model of clear systematic writing which takes you through all the steps of basic training. The DVD is a useful supplement though doesn't always quite match the text eg the DVD doesn't show you at what point to bring in the verbal commands once each behaviour has been achieved. It doesn't do pulling on leash either and the book has barely two pages on it. This would have been useful as would demonstrations of teaching fetch or (in my dog's case) dealing with aggressive behaviour or other problems. Nevertheless, you won't find a better more insightful book than this for getting the basic behaviours well established.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice 20 Oct 2012
By Liz
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This book is well written and well laid out. I am going to train as a trainer of people to train their dogs. There are no books out there that address this, but this book and especially the DVD with it will be very useful. It shows well how she deals with teaching and correcting and observing the owners. Be aware that the DVD is American and will probably not play on your TV, but it will play on your computer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Train your dog like a pro 8 Mar 2012
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This book is very well written and easy to understand. It gives clear instructions and the best thing is the methods work well with training my quite wilful terrier. I can happily recommend it. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars training 30 Jun 2013
By Marina
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THis is a pure training book and 2 1/2 hour DVD very clear and well explained - if you want to know how to train your dog in a positive and systematic approach, this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow training guide
Used as a reference book for a university course in animal training. Contains useful information and also a good training guide for the casual training, easy to follow!
Published 2 months ago by Stiff69
5.0 out of 5 stars Train Like A Pro
I loved this book. It outlines painstakingly step by step how to train your dog in basic obedience and also includes a few more advanced behaviours.
Published 5 months ago by Irish Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
This book was very good easy to understand and anything that was confusing their is a dvd which works in conjunction with the book a very useful tool
Published 7 months ago by jonathan nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work.
The author warns that the sort of person who would persevere with this book would be a fanatic. She's right. There's not enough time in the world. Read more
Published 8 months ago by davej
5.0 out of 5 stars Welldone pooch!
I was told by my owner to write a review about this book so I did.

Signed,
Woof
P.S. He is still looking for his other slipper of which he will never find...
Published 11 months ago by JonathonH
5.0 out of 5 stars Train your Dog like a Pro
This is an excellent read and should be read by everyone intending to get a dog or who has a dog. Jean Donaldson is one of the top dog trainers and behaviourists in the world and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Valerie Rothlisberger-Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
excellent book, well worth the money, easy to understand & put into practice with the added bonus of the dvd which shows exactly how to work with your dog, i would recomend this... Read more
Published 19 months ago by ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dog training book
I've really enjoyed training my puppy. The video is very useful and it's helpful to watch alongside reading the book.
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by veda
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