37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Why so much controversy? Hugely practical and useful,
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This review is from: The Dog Listener (Paperback)
Having successfully owned many dogs over the years, mostly rescue dogs with their wide variety of "problem" behaviours, I have learned that there's always more to learn. Some reviewers seem to have dismissed this book out of hand. I wonder how well they have actually tested the methods in the book (if they actually bothered to try them out at all)?
With my own dogs I have found the training suggestions in this book (and even more so Jan Fennel's second book) to be extremely effective. We have very happy, contented dogs who are a joy to own and are easy to be with, at least in part due to implementing fully the techniques in this book.
Every dog is different, as is every owner, which is why I would suggest that you try fully implementing the methods in the books for a month or so to see the impact they have, before deciding what things you want to continue with long term, and what things you might want to phase out depending on your own situation, and what you're happy with.
All I can say is that the proof is in the eating, and these methods are extremely effective, whatever some other "experts" might think because they don't fit with their own approach. A bit of imagination can adapt the fundamental approach to whatever individual situation is being faced.
I think some reviewers who have dismissed the suggestions in this book are expecting to find "quick fix" pointers for a single thing to do to solve specific problems. In stead the book provides an holistic approach which resolves or pre-empts many problems along the way.
I just wish I had had this book available when I was dealing with some of my more difficult rescue cases in the past!
A book which takes the ideas in these books and makes them even more practical and flexible is "The Perfect Puppy". I'd recommend it to anyone thinking about getting a new dog!