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Think Dog: An Owner's Guide to Canine Psychology Paperback – 7 May 2012

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (7 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844037096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844037094
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'... compact chapters explain the canine mind and offer sound educational

strategies to enlighten even accomplished trainers.' - Publishers Weekly.

'John Fisher made an immense and invaluable contribution to the world of

dogs and the people who care about them.' - Pat Miller, renowned dog trainer and author.

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Fully updated and revised by leading pet behaviour counsellor Sarah Whitehead. John Fisher's lifetime of expertise makes this the classic owner's guide to canine psychology. Think Dog was the first of its kind and continues to be trusted by dog owners around the world.

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By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2012
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A well-written, and simply structured guide to help the concerned dog owner remedy any inherited problems they're experiencing, or they may have inadvertently caused themselves. Reading this, I can hold my hand up and accept what I thought I was telling my dog, was not the message she was receiving. Sigh.

Much of the book deals with 'problem behaviour' in dogs, and Fisher (with Pam Mackinnon's useful updating) analyses the behaviour and its causes (often our well-intentioned but clumsy/ignorant approach), then offers a step-by-step remedy, which gives the dog time to adjust gradually to a new way of doing things. All the major behavioural problems are here, from toileting problems, separation anxiety, biting, destructive behaviour, stress, diet, possessiveness, etc..etc.

The paperback is handily pocket-sized, and although not indexed, the final chapter 'Problem-Solving A-Z' also cross-refers to other relevant sections of the book. There are only 182 pages, but I was already marking sections from p.36 onwards, following background on dog ancestry (thankfully brief) and dog development. 'The Dog in the Human Family'(p.29) is where all Fisher's detailed observations really begin to pay off for the reader, and his advice is easy to grasp, and apply.

Though most of this relates to dogs, there are some very helpful tips on puppies too, though it would probably help the owner of a new pup to use Fisher's book in conjunction with one devoted to puppy training. My only grouse is that I found the print size rather small, but I wouldn't let that put you off this helpful and very readable guide.
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I have been professionally training dogs for over twenty years and am clearly still learning. This book gives an excellent insight into the dogs mind in clear,easy to understand english. Broken down into three main chapters; What is a dog?, Positive approach to problem behaviours and Problem solving A-Z. It gives the new owner as well as the seasoned professional advice which is really second to none. I just wish I had read this book when I started training.
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As dog trainers we are always looking for new methods and approaches to get the best out of both the dogs we train and our own faithful pack and this book was a great insight into the psychological side of the dog.
Whilst much of it was known to us already we still found little revelations that were more than worth getting out the highlighter pen out for and gave us new titbits to discuss together.
Some reviewers have pointed out that John Fishers methods as a trainer may be becoming a little dated and to be honest we don't know enough about him to comment on such things with authority but dogs have been around a lot longer than the author, as has training them, so no method however dated should be dismissed and the fact that we have gleaned some gems from this book as current and 'modern' trainers says a lot for the content.

As Kindle owners, most of our reading is done in this format and we really love our paperwhites but we would recommend getting this book in paperback format if you train dogs as it can be conveniently carried with kit if need be without fear of damaging your treasured Kindle!
At 130 something pages this is hardly the most comprehensive book on the subject and does cover the psychological aspect far better than practical training but that is exactly what it is written for and I would not hesitate to recommend it to all dog owners as an invaluable inside into what is happening in your trusty canines mind and how to 'speak their language' or so to speak with commands.
Like I say, this is not a comprehensive 'manual' on dog training and ownership but it will certainly aid you in becoming your dogs friend and their pack leader which will inevitably boost obedience results as well as you relationship with them.
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This book is invaluable for any dog owner, trainer, etc. In fact, anybody who has anything to do with dogs, regardless of how long you've owned/worked with them, will learn something from this. John Fisher understood dogs better than anybody on this planet and I just wish he were still around because he's one person I'd like to spend a day with (if only they still did 'Jim'll Fix It').
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A purely incredible book that I was struggling to put down, the first pages had me gripped!!! Made me see a completely new way of dog training and understand them in a way that I hadn't though of before, really made me begin to "Think Dog". Answered all my questions about my 2 year old Hungarian Vizsla. Would highly recommend this to anybody interested in Dog Phycology and especially to people with problems with their dog, it will make you see a new insight of them.
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I was extremely impressed with this book. I want to train to be a dog behavourist and it is this book that has inspired me to do so. I have a young puppy and really wanted to understand how she thinks and this book has been an excellent help. Whether you want to train your own dog or other people's, you NEED this book.

This is a book that is written in a language that everyone can understand. It will start you off on a lifetime of understanding with your best friend! A must.
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