- 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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Think Dog: An Owner's Guide to Canine Psychology Paperback – 7 May 2012
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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.
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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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I have had this book for over 15 years. It is amazing. It is so helpful and anyone that reads it will be amazed at how easy it is to understand dogs and do the right thing for... Read morePublished 5 days ago by philippa wyatt
Good read I have two dogs luckily good friendly dogs but have picked up good Information to help keep them goodPublished 1 month ago by jackie
Love the bit about Homeopathy. It has really helped my dogs and I.Published 2 months ago by Liz Maitland
Easy to read and understand, I found the behaviour issues with large dogs reassuring , as it is possible to overcome them with patience.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well worth a read! Very insightful and relevant to a variety of dogs inluding our Jack Russell. Thanks to the author!Published 2 months ago by Raysaway
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