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Highly recommended guide for all levels
on 9 June 2012
I found this an excellent guide suitable for both the novice owner looking for a well behaved house pet and the more experienced owner looking to brush up on their skills or perhaps address a specific problem area.
I particularly like the way that the book is divided into specific topics, sit, stay, fetch etc. without actually having to go through one behaviour in order to reach the next. This allows the owner to take things in what seems to them to be the appropriate order for their dog AND for themselves, or even to ignore completely those that they feel are inappropriate. My own dog for instance is never off the lead except at home, so teaching "Fetch" is not a priority.
Also very valuable is the recognition that all dogs, and indeed all owners are different so a variety of techniques are described for the various behaviours letting the owner choose those they believe to be most suitable.
There is very little that could be called new in this book but then again we have been training dogs for hundreds of years and so very little that could be called new is likely in any book. What this does though is to set out the basic principles in an easy to follow manner together with numerous practical tips on how to apply them.
If I had to voice one minor reservation it is that the book does not address perhaps the most basic of training needs i.e. toilet training, (but nor does it claim to). A complete novice owner may therefore need to purchase a second book to address a topic which can at times be very stressful for both owner & dog and which sets the tone for future relationships and training sessions. Having said that though, the basic principles described here of positive reinforcement could certainly be applied to this subject with a little thought on the owners part.