I've been caught out like the before, and I'm fed up with it. I bought Paul Allen Pearce's "Standard schnauzer training" book, and after a few paragraphs about schnauzers, the book lapsed into general puppy advice. I was so cross that I downloaded (on Kindle Unlimited) his book on Chocolate labrador training". These dogs are very different in temperament, and react differently to training, and in particular to socialising. Labradors are the world's friend. Schnauzers are not. But put the books up side by side on your computer screen and compare them, and if you are like me, you are going to get cross. Very cross.
I've glanced at a few of more Paul Allen Pearce's training books. They all seem to be the same. They purport to be breed specific, to give you specialist advice about training your particular dog, but they don't. Actually, they are a bit of a con. The formula is always the same. The books starts with a few paragraphs describing a Cavachon, or a Yorkshire Terrier, or a "insert your dog breed here" but then move on to advice which is supposed to be breed specific but which in fact is, more or less, generic advice broadly relevant to any dog. If generic puppy training advice is what you want, they are fine, though there are better books available. But if you want something addressing the idiosyncrasies of your own dog, well, you are going to be disappointed.
Dogs are different. They have differing intelligence levels, differing behaviour and differing reactions to training. But that doesn't stop the flow of generic advice. For example, in one book he says:
Be sure your Cavachon is: - comfortable with male and female adults - comfortable with male and female children - comfortable with special circumstances people - comfortable watching your grandmother suck eggs
Actually, he doesn't mention grandmothers, but you get the picture. We all of us want our dogs to be "comfortable with special circumstances people". With a labrador, you are there without much effort. It's different with a schnauzer. Paul Allen Pearce has been busy with his boiler-plate text, and with his word processor's ability to find a dog's breed name and replace it with another one. See, for example, the paragraph in the books on "Clicker training your Cavachon" or "Clicker training your Lab" or "Clicker training your Yorkie". So it goes on. And some of his allegedly 'breed specific' advice skimps on facts. For example, under training Bulldogs he says : "These dogs are loving and gentle...as soon as (he) learns a command, he will not forget it". Bulldogs are indeed loving and gentle, but they are very slow learners, need constant reinforcement, and may never learn some commands.
Paul Allen Pearce is a disappointment. He knows that a lot of would be dog-owners genuinely want breed specific advice, and trades on this need without properly delivering.