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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Har/Psc edition (28 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470616164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470616161
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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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.

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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A while since I read it; but have just got another dog - a rescue dog from Cyprus - so had better start reading it again!!!
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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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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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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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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 ½ hour DVD included, which shows how to train each exercise as well as some of the pitfalls along the way.
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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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I have spent a year trying different trainers, books, methods and had reached the point of giving up and handing my dog over to a professional trainer for two months. My breed association persuaded me to keep him because they were worried it would risk harming his beautiful temperament.

Jean Donaldson gives a gradual achievable programme supported by a video where she demonstrates all the techniques with a class of different types of dogs and owners. It is not a class of little puppies. They are bigger dogs who behave a lot more like my 15 month Irish Terrier which is re-assuring.

There is clear advice and recommendations to keep the training on track. We have gone back to basics, using all the things we have learnt to date but making the behaviours accurate and reliable.

I have the kindle version which supplies a link to download the video and worksheets from the web. The video is about 2 hours long and covers all the chapters.

I am very happy with this purchase and recommend it
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